The Anjali Dance Company will perform with Banbury’s Symphony Orchestra (BSO) as part of their summer concert this month, which takes place at St Mary’s Church, Horse Fair on June 27.
The revolutionary dance company for people with learning disabilities are based at the Mill Arts Centre in the town, and will dance to music provided by the orchestra at the premiere of ‘Symphony of Dances’ by composer Nick Planas.
The concert will be in support of Anjali and the British Heart Foundation.
Nicole Thomson, director of Anjali, said: “This is an opportunity of a lifetime and it will be a wonderful experience for the dancers. We mainly use pre-recorded music and it is always an absolute luxury and a pleasure to perform with live musicians.
“Working closely with the music in this way will be really stretching the dancers. We are delighted to be BSO’s partner. Funds are always tight and the money raised will be very welcome.”
Anjali has performed at venues across this country and abroad, including the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Opera House with members of the Royal Ballet.
The company’s resident choreographer, Aya Kobayashi, has been working with the dancers to choreograph to some of the movements and the dancers will perform short pieces during the performance.
She said: “The dancers are listening and understanding the dynamics in the music, which is a real challenge for them.”
The concert in Banbury takes place at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from the Anjali office at the Mill in Banbury or by calling 01295 251909.
Alternatively they are available from the town hall during normal office hours.