Combination Dance

Harmony of the Sea

Here is a sneak peek at some behind the scenes rehearsal footage from Combination Dance. Their latest project ‘Harmony of the Sea‘ is an original duet inspired by the powerful poem ‘Last Snowman‘ by the poet laureate Simon Armitage. The piece focuses on #ClimateChange and is performed by Chloe Mead and Eric LaRue Shiring. Choreographed by Anne-Marie Smalldon, soundtracked by Phillip Smethurst and in association with The Countryside Charity, Ursuline Prep School and RichDance.

Last Snowman

By Simon Armitage

He drifted south
   down an Arctic seaway
      on a plinth of ice, jelly tots
weeping lime green tears
   around both eyes,
      a carrot for a nose
(some reported parsnip),
   below which a clay pipe
      drooped from a mouth
that was pure stroke-victim.
   A red woollen scarf trailed
      in the meltwater drool
at his base, and he slumped
   to starboard, kinked,
      gone at the pelvis.
From the buffet deck
   of a passing cruise liner
      stag and hen parties shied
Scotch eggs and Pink Ladies
   as he rounded the stern.
      He sailed on between banks
of camera lenses
   and rubberneckers,
      past islands vigorous
with sunflower and bog myrtle
   into a bloodshot west,
      singular and abominable.

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