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Somnium is a new dance film by our Artistic Co-Director Malgorzata Dzierzon, where the creative process draws on our unique experiences of the surreal, dreamed and imagined.  At this time of extended confinement during the pandemic, many of us found ourselves sleeping and dreaming more. Somnium wants to capture and express our dreams – memories, anxieties and desires at this moment of change. 

Somnium creative team:

Concept: Małgorzata Dzierżon
Choreography: Małgorzata Dzierżon in collaboration with dancers 
Dancers: Esmée Halliday, Ellie Marsh, Lila Naruse, Beth Veitch
Film director and editor: Filipe Alcada
Music: Oliver Coates 
Lighting Design: Christopher Swain
Director of Photography: Fabio Calasibetta

The film will be available online later in 2021 and in the future in theatres, as part of our new programme Myths and Dreams.

The DreamCatcher Project

While Somnium is awaiting its premiere, Fertile Ground has invited audiences to take part in the Dream Catcher Project, inviting everyone to share their dreams with us. 

Below are our short creative responses, performed by Fertile Ground dancers with music by Oliver Coates. These films were made with an iPhone by choreographer Malgorzata Dzierzon. 
Thank you to all participants! If you would like to see your dream here in the future, please, get in touch on

Somnium is supported with funding from Newcastle Culture Investment Fund and Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants. Somnium was awarded the Dance City 2021/22 Full Stage Commission. 

Dance City, Temple Street

Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4BR

T: (0191) 269 5581


Fertile Ground 2020 - 2021 season is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants, Newcastle Culture Investment Fund, Dance City, Didymus CIO,  the Barbour Foundation, The Leche Trust and The Percy Hedley 1990 Charitable Trust with support from by Sunderland College and Newcastle College.

Fertile Ground is the trading name of Fertile Ground Limited
Registered in England and Wales (No.10599285)
Registered charity number 1180001

Fertile Ground image credits: Kevin Wong, Alan Brown, Brian Slater, Filipe Alçada. Wendy Houstoun headshot: Ben Slater. 

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