Dance project wins UK award

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A major arts project developed by a Derby-based organisation has won a prestigious national award.

Elemental Force, developed by Déda Producing – part of leading regional dance house Déda in Chapel Street - in partnership with Johal Strategic Services, won a bronze award in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, Tourism Event of the Year.

The awards celebrated the best of English tourism and promoted England’s place as a world-class destination.

Elemental Force shared the stage with Kendal Mountain Festival which took gold and Beaulieu International Autojumble which came second.

Elemental Force was an innovative outdoor performance incorporating high-tech digital projections, aerial performance and spectacular pyrotechnics.

It was launched at Chatsworth House in December 2012 and then toured key venues in the East Midlands in Spring 2013 - including the Silk Mill in Derby as well as Nottingham and Newark castles.

Each free evening production showcased the industrial heritage and historic past of the region, from the Industrial Revolution and Civil War to the worldwide pedigree of today’s manufacturing companies such as Rolls-Royce plc.

The project was supported by Arts Council England, Experience Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District & Derbyshire and performances at each venue were attended by thousands of people.

Stephen Munn, director of Déda Producing said: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award and this recognition by Visit England will further establish Déda Producing’s growing national reputation.

“It will hopefully open many more doors for us to showcase our expertise in the outdoor arts arena.”