Turkey tales in 'cacophony of dance'

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 12:49 28/11/2012
Jane Evans
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LIGHTER MOMENTS: Wakatu Dance Theatre dancers, Maddie Wilson, left, Lucy Vining, Paige Davis, Hamish McIntosh and Mirren Whyte will be performing Not the Nutcracker with dancers from the Canterbury Ballet School.

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If you're keen to see a dancing turkey being chased around a stage, then the Theatre Royal is the place for you.

Not the Nutcracker will feature in the second half of a joint production between Wakatu Dance Theatre and the Canterbury Ballet School on Thursday..

Canterbury Ballet School director Taeya Missevich said it was a very different and contemporary version of the second act of the Christmas favourite The Nutcracker.

Ms Missevich said it focused on what could go wrong at Christmas - hence, the dancing turkey being chased by a chef.

"There are a few tense moments at Christmas and a few funny moments," she said.

Ms Missevich said the first half of the joint show would feature a "cacophony of dance", including contemporary, neo-classical and jazz pieces by dancers from both schools.

"I think we'll get a Grammy for all the different music we have used," she said.

  • Not the Nutcracker, Wakatu Dance Theatre and the Canterbury Ballet School, Theatre Royal, 7pm Thursday November 29..

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