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Teesside dance teacher creates international performance video

Dance teacher Heike was invited to America

A dance video created by a Teesside performing arts teacher is being given its international debut this month.

Heike Salzer, who is Dance Programme Leader at Teesside University, was invited to Texas State University to take part in a ten day artist residency earlier this year.

Their brief was to create original choreography about the Greek God Zefiro.

The result is a performance video named 'Extreme Landscapes', which was shot on location in America, Iceland and North Yorkshire.

Heike on location in Iceland

Teesside University dance graduate Jessica Smith, who was taught Heike, was brought in to perform in the caves of North Yorkshire, while Salzer danced in extreme conditions in Iceland.

Heike Salzer said: “I feel privileged to be able to travel and work with artists from all over the world - it enriches my art and also allows me to bring work from international collaborations to Teesside.”

The video will be shown as part of an art installation at Dance City in Newcastle.

ITV Tyne Tees: Best News Programme

Ian Payne, Pam Royle and Ross Hutchinson pick up the awards Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

ITV Tyne Tees has been named Best News Programme by the North East Royal Television Society.

Tyne Tees picked up the award, at the regional RTS ceremony last night, for its Tour de France Special programme.

Presenter Pam Royle was also named Presenter of the Year Award for the second year in a row.

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'Relaxed' Shrek stages unique show in Newcastle

Shrek and Princess Fiona Credit: Helen Maybanks

A uniquely adapted version of the West End family favourite, Shrek The Musical, will be playing for one special performance at Newcastle Theatre Royal.

The ‘relaxed performance’ of Shrek The Musical will take place on Tuesday 24 March at 2pm and is the first such performance since the Theatre was presented with its Autism Access Award from the National Autistic Society. Newcastle Theatre Royal is the first venue on Shrek The Musical UK and Ireland tour at which a relaxed performance is being held.

Shrek and Donkey Credit: Helen Maybanks

We were extremely proud to be presented with our Autism Access Awareness award last month and since then we’ve had more and more families and teachers getting in touch to find out about our relaxed performances. They are all so excited that we are providing a relaxed performance of Shrek The Musical, which will have all the same elements of the wonderful storyline but with the lighting, special effects and very loud noises reduced.”

– Dawn Taylor, Newcastle Theatre Royal

Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, learning disability or sensory and communication disorder into the Theatre.

They have a less formal, more supportive atmosphere in order to reduce anxiety levels and chill out zones are provided for any audience members feeling anxious.

Thunderbirds Are Go! ITV's sneak peek...

ITV has released an exclusive look at classic characters from the much anticipated new children’s and family series, Thunderbirds Are Go.

The pictures feature engineer Brains; smooth operator, Lady Penelope and her trusty bodyguard and driver, Parker.

Lady Penelope Parker

Lady Penelope is voiced by Oscar-nominated, Rosamund Pike and David Graham reprises his original role as Parker. Kayvan Novak voices inventor, Brains.

Sylvia Anderson - who voiced Lady Penelope in the original 1960’s series - will voice a new character in an episode due to air later this year. Written by comedian, David Baddiel, the episode titled Designated Driver sees Sylvia voice the character of Lady Penelope’s Great Aunt Sylvia.

The major new children’s series is set to debut internationally in Spring 2015 in the UK exclusively on ITV and CITV.

Brains; smooth operator

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