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See, Make & Do – DanceEast

Six of the East of England’s most exciting arts spaces are coming together this February half-term to present a variety of hands-on, mostly cost-free, family- friendly activities.

Whether that be…
throwing shapes here at DanceEast
applying gory stage make-up at the New Wolsey Theatre
holding a tune at Snape Maltings
getting scientific at The Red House
crafting costumes at the Norwich Theatre Royal
or building your very own book at the National Centre for Writing
there’s something new to See, Make & Do for all ages this half-term.

Located on the Ipswich Waterfront within the Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast is one of
the UK’s leading dance organisations. The state- of-the-art facility hosts over fifty classes and courses, while presenting a diverse programme of ground-breaking performances.

Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW
Tel: 01473 295230


Tuesday 18 February

First World War – Activity & Discovery Day
Discover the First World War through the eyes of different cultures from across the globe. Activities will include making and eating food that soldiers would have eaten, exploring letters, poetry and literature from the countries involved in the conflict, learning about medicine and dressing up as a child of the period. All activities will be engaging, accessible and hands-on!
5+ and families
Free – booking advised
10am to 4pm
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Thursday 20 February

Creative Crafts and Dance Family Workshop
Learn how to make Ghungroo bells, a musical anklet tied to the feet of classical Indian dancers, and make your own ready to hit the studio for a fun, creative dance class for the whole family to enjoy together.
Under 7s and their families
Free – booking required
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Family Storytelling Workshop
Come and listen to our captivating storyteller in a session for the whole family, themed around family histories and memories. Take time to share your own family memories and listen to the stories of others.
7+ and their families
Free – booking required
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Friday 21 February

Chotto Xenos – Akram Khan Company
How does war begin? And how does it end? It depends on who is telling the story. Inspired by Akram Khan’s award-winning solo performance, Xenos, Chotto Xenos will take young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War I colonial soldiers, in order to shine light on our present and future.
8+ years
Tickets from £10, £7 concessions, £30 family ticket
2.30pm & 7.30pm – also matinee performance on Saturday 22 February
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Click for our exclusive interview with Akram Khan

Saturday 22 February

Akram Khan company Workshop
The workshop will begin with a playful warm up and will develop into a creative dance session exploring the key themes of Chotto Xenos using storytelling, dance, music and movement.
7 – 11 years
Free – booking required
12 noon
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Chotto Xenos – Akram Khan Company
Details as above
8+ years
Tickets from £10, £7 concessions, £30 family ticket
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