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Video: Patients at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital enjoy watching Swan Lake

15:18 21 February 2014

Dancers from the English Youth Ballet visit the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to perform scenes from Swan Lake for patients, visitors and staff prior to their performance at the Theatre Royal in March.
Photo by Simon Finlay.

Dancers from the English Youth Ballet visit the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to perform scenes from Swan Lake for patients, visitors and staff prior to their performance at the Theatre Royal in March. Photo by Simon Finlay.

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Patients, visitors and staff enjoyed a theatrical treat when Swan Lake was performed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital today.

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Dancers from the English Youth Ballet visit the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to perform scenes from Swan Lake for patients, visitors and staff prior to their performance at the Theatre Royal in March.
Photo by Simon Finlay.Dancers from the English Youth Ballet visit the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) to perform scenes from Swan Lake for patients, visitors and staff prior to their performance at the Theatre Royal in March. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Dancers from the English Youth Ballet performed scenes from the famous story of rivalry between the seductive evil Black Swan, Odile, and the beautiful but vulnerable White Swan Odette, as they compete for the affections of the Prince.

Emma Jarvis, NNUH’s hospital arts coordinator, said it was the first time ballet had been performed at the hospital and that the performance in the East Atrium was “absolutely beautiful” and drew a large crowd of people.

“It completely changed the space from a busy hub of a hospital into something serene, beautiful and engaging,” she said.

The full show is to be performed at Norwich Theatre Royal on March 7 and 8, when the cast will also be fundraising for NNUH’s Hospital Arts Project which aims to bring a wide-ranging programme of arts to the hospital.

About 30 young dancers from Norfolk and Suffolk will also be joining the cast of the show at the Theatre Royal.

• The hospital has about 50 free tickets available for long-term Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital patients to watch the ballet at the Theatre Royal. They are available on a first come first served basis. Email emma.jarvis@nnuh.nhs.uk

• For more details about the performances at Norwich Theatre Royal and how to buy tickets, visit www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

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