Join EncoreEast in Elizabeth! Dancing across the reigns of two great Queens.

Join EncoreEast in Elizabeth! Dancing across the reigns of two great Queens.

A glorious new work is being made specially for the Jubilee Celebrations. Elizabeth! takes you dancing across the reigns of two great Queens.  Commissioned for the Suffolk Show by DanceEast and made possible with support from Suffolk Community Foundation’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, Elizabeth has been designed to be performed alfresco and to entice you to join in with the celebrations.

Join EncoreEast, at the Suffolk Show or Christchurch Mansion, and learn an authentic dance from the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth to dance alongside EncoreEast. The Company will then perform a collage of dances to take us into the reign of our own Queen Elizabeth II. The programme ends with a short pop-up party celebration.

Elizabeth! celebrates the joy of dancing together, female leadership, and amazing local talent.  EncoreEast is an Ipswich-based company of 16 older dancers who have performed at DanceEast, The Hold, Sadler’s Wells and in various films and open spaces. Choreography is by EncoreEast member and director for Colchester Historical Dance, Jackie Marshall-Ward, and Ipswich-born Hannah Rudd who performed with Scottish Ballet and Rambert Dance. Authentic Tudor music will be provided by Lizzie Gutteridge on authentic instruments, plus original music composed by Quinta (Kath Mann), the PRSF Composer Fund awardee in 2001. Costumes will be designed by Juan Gil.

There is also an opportunity to practise your dancing skills by attending free workshops at Dance East, Ipswich on the 18th and 25th May from 5-6pm. These can be booked on Eventbrite –

When and where to see Elizabeth!

  • Tuesday 31 May 2022 – Suffolk Show
  • Friday 3 June 2022 – on the lawn in front of Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich

The programme will take place twice on each day at 12.00 and 2.30

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