Dance group will make their debut

Sonia Sabri whose dance company will be performing at the BIllingham International Folklore Festival fo World Dance later this month
Sonia Sabri whose dance company will be performing at the BIllingham International Folklore Festival fo World Dance later this month

A DYNAMIC new Indian music and dance production is looking forward to performing at Billingham Folk Festival for the first time.

The 49th Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance will bring music and dance from all over the world to the town for eight days of workshops and concerts.

Among them will be the Birmingham-based Sonia Sabri Company and their new production called Jugni.

The company’s appearance in Billingham is part of a UK tour of festivals and theatres around the UK this summer.

Sonia Sabri, the company’s co-founder and artistic director, said: “This is our first time at the Billingham festival and we are looking forward to presenting our work as part of a fantastic international line up of dance.”

The company, which features a cast of five dancers performing to five musicians, have been rehearsing with Middlesbrough school children for the opening ceremony on Saturday.

“We’re all very much looking forward to doing the final rehearsals with them and all the students are so dedicated and passionate about the dance it’s inspiring,” added Sabri.

The company will perform Jugni, which means female firefly, to the public in the festival arena in Billingham town centre on Thursday, August 15.

Sonia said: “In exploring the choreography to suit this piece, we’ve got some contemporary dance, Indian folk traditions and Sufi whirling, all of which we’ve explored to discover where the meeting points are.” Visit www.billinghamfeestival.co.uk for more.