We are delighted to return to the stage this autumn with Myths & Dreams, an ambitious and innovative programme created by four choreographers: Fertile Ground Artistic Directors Renaud Wiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon and guest artists Fabritia D'Intino and Clémentine Vanlerberghe. The Company’s new season brings together collaborators from the fields of dance, film and digital sculpture in an imaginative evening performed by the cast of top North East emerging professional dancers. 

Touring across the region and beyond they will present Labyrinth, freely inspired by the myth of the Minotaur, Somnium which has captured dreams at the time of pandemic and the hypnotic Plubel. 

"Sound and images, gesture and movement are hypnotic, uneasy, recreating the kind of disturbed surreality of anxiety-induced dreams which I suspect many of us experienced over those fifteen months when our lives – and minds – were turned upside down."
British Theatre Guide Myths & Dreams Review

"Myths & Dreams is a wonderful collective of individual, micro, artistic decisions and dance steps combining to make one interesting big idea. Wow."

NARC Magazine Review

Age suitability: 8+



Labyrinth, a cross-disciplinary work by Renaud Wiser, freely inspired by the myth of the Minotaur. In contrast with the classical narrative, in Labyrinth the Minotaur is portrayed as a symbol of hybridity representing the complexities of modern times. In our creative process, the dancers are immersed in a virtual environment created by sculptor Marie Lelouche and develop choreography in response to her sculptures. On stage, the performers' movement reveals this virtual maze brought to life by projections and a haunting sound design.

Dance City and Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Sunderland College

Labyrinth Virtual Reality Experience

Immerse yourself in the virtual reality maze created by Marie Lelouche and navigate the virtual landscape of Labyrinth's hauntingly beautiful digital sculptures. Places are limited and free to ticket holders. 

Dance City - Thursday 14 October, 6-7.20pm and in the interval. To book your place email ad@fertileground.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 13 October.

Visual & Performing Arts Academy, Sunderland College  - Thursday 21 October, 5.30pm-6.50pm and in the interval. To book your place email ad@fertileground.org.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 20 October.


Title: Labyrinth

Choreography: Renaud Wiser in collaboration with dancers 

Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch

Sculptor and Designer: Marie Lelouche

Creative Technologist: Florent Berthaut

Music: TBC

Lighting Design: Christopher Swain

PLUBEL (part of Myths and Dreams programme) Ph Hubert Helleu.jpeg

From a duo of rising European choreographers Fabritia D'Intino and Clémentine Vanlerberghe, Fertile Ground brings to Dance City Plubel. In this hypnotic journey of imitation, the two women explore chorality as an act of resistance and a tool to reveal what has been made hidden. From the mass, the group, each female figure is extracted to reveal its individuality as a possible attempt of emancipation. Plubel has toured extensively across Europe and was featured as part of choreographic competition Danse Élargie at the Theatre de La Ville (Paris) and the Danse Élargie Suite programme at Sadlers Wells (London). This year it is coming to Dance City as part of Fertile Ground’s Myths & Dreams programme.

Title: Plubel
Choreography: Fabritia D’Intino & Clémentine Vanlerberghe
Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch
Music: Federico Scettri
Lighting Design: Violaine Burgard with Pierre Staigre
Photography: Hubert Helleu

LEAD image for the Myths and Dreams tour, digital use only, photo Filipe Alcada, dancer Li

Malgorzata Dzierzon brings to the stage her new dance film Somnium. Conceived and created in the period of extended confinement during the pandemic, Somnium wants to capture and express our dreams, memories, anxieties and desires at the time of change. Somnium is a collaboration with filmmaker Filipe Alcada, composer Oliver Coates and lighting designer Christopher Swain and is a Dance City 2021/22 Commission.


Title: Somnium

Concept: Małgorzata Dzierżon

Choreography: Małgorzata Dzierżon in collaboration with dancers 

Performed by: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch

Film director: Filipe Alcada

Music: Oliver Coates

Lighting Design: Christopher Swain

Director of Photography: Fabio Calascibetta

Editing and grading: Filipe Alcada John Antony Thadicaran

Trailer and photography: Filipe Alcada