Written by Marie-Dominique Demers-King
This dance rehearsal took place in Weston Pier’s Northern tower overlooking Weston & its beaches, where the next day Danny Boyle’s Armistice Commission ‘Pages of the Sea’ would take place.
The ‘Pages of You’ dance was choreographed by Holly Noble who trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Professional dancers Ebony Jane Kitts and Orion Hart were joined by young dancers from University Centre Weston.
This extremely poignant dance was inspired from a letter written by Lance Corporal Frederick Swannell to his wife Ellen, whom he called Nell, that he sent to her whilst he was serving in the trenches.
Lance, like so many never returned from the war but Nell kept this letter in her handbag for over 60 years where it was discovered by her daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte, on her death.
To mark the Armistice Day centenary, Pages of You, was performed during the Pages of the Sea First World War tribute, which took place on Weston-super-Mare beach on 11 November, adjacent to the Grand Pier. Crowds of people gathered to watch and were brought to tears by the beauty of the piece, which included the reading of Lance’s love letter by Saikat Ahameds.
Photos by Marie-Dominique Demers-King