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Helen dances home

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

  • Helen Ganberg's Swerve company in action.

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A CHOREOGRAPHER, who was in the very first year of the Cornwall Youth Dance Company, returns to the county with her company next week.

Helen Ganberg presents Swerve Dance Theatre Company at Truro's Burrell Theatre on Saturday, December 1.

They are joined by the Neshima Dance Company as part of Subtext, a dynamic and contemporary evening exploring the themes of languages and communication using unique and explosive dance, fused with witty and vibrant theatre.

Helen was born and grew up in Truro attending Archbishop Benson, Penair and Truro High School and then St Austell Sixth Form College where she first found an interest in dance. She was in the very first year of Cornwall Youth Dance Company in the late 1980s going on to train in BA(hons) in dance theatre at the prestigious Laban Centre, London. Helen spent the following years training as a secondary school teacher and teaching dance and drama in Devon, before becoming senior education officer at Swindon Dance. In 2005 she set up Swerve Dance Theatre Company, a professional company performing work at festivals, small-scale theatres and events across the south of England.

Helen, who is married to Barry Ganberg, composer/ musician at the Rambert School of Dance, said: "I was really fortunate to have been involved at the inception of dance in Cornwall in the mid to late 1980s, working with the then very new Cornwall Youth Dance Company and Jenny Cleverly, an inspirational teacher. This led me onto the path of professional training and a long and happy career in dance.

"I am so excited to be returning to my home town with an amazing company of dancers and work that I feel sure audiences will connect with."

For tickets contact 01872 246038 or see www.burrelltheatre.com

The companies also perform at University College Falmouth's Performance Centre, Tremough, on Saturday, December 8, at 7.30pm. See www.theperformancecentre.org

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