CLASSICAL ballet with a breathtaking twist comes to the magnificent Gloucester Cathedral next week.
Dancers from the Ballet Rambert Dance School perform in this extraordinary show which is touring cathedrals around the country.
Moving Visions runs at the cathedral next week with an enchanting series of ballets from Wednesday to Friday.
Part of this year's Cathedral Dance Research Tour, the production has a religious theme and features seven dancers and three musicians from the internationally-renowned, London-based school.
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Best of all, the performances are free to attend so anyone with an interest in ballet or who is curious get the chance to experience top class dance without the top ticket prices more usually charged for Rambert's work.
Director Ross McKim has been touring with the school since 1976, performing at cathedrals throughout the country.
This summer the group visits Oxford and Norwich cathedrals as well as Gloucester in a three-week run.
"We came to Gloucester last year and I enjoy performing here very much," said Ross, a director with Rambert Ballet School.
"It has its challenges – the acoustics are very difficult at Gloucester because sound tends to ricochet off the back wall.
"But that's just something we have to deal with.
"It happens in all cathedrals but Gloucester is particularly tricky," he added. "But we always do get a very warm welcome here and everyone is really helpful."
The programme is based around religious ideas with a mostly Christian concept, says Ross, although not solely.
Dances include A Celtic Blessing, The Pilgrim's Love, The Peacemaker and The Dust of Death.
"We have a mixture of MA and BA students as well as some former students who join us because they enjoy it," said Ross.
"The MA students are marked on their performances during the tour, but the BA students do it for the enjoyment and experience.
"We get very good reactions from most people but sometimes the cathedral tour guides complain that we make too much noise.
"The dances are concerned with providing a numinous (spiritual) experience rather than one of financial gain, and they fill a 2,000-year-old gap where dance hasn't been a Christian concept," said Ross.
■ There are performances every day from Wednesday to Friday at 11.30am and 1.30pm.