Hula Hoop Workshop Builds Excitement for Herculean Performance


Visitors to Intu Derby shopping centre on Saturday May 23 will be invited to join a hula hoop workshop and flashmob as part of the build-up to an exciting performance which is coming to Derby Theatre on Friday June 12.

Hercules has been created by and stars award-winning comedy double act Tom Roden and Pete Shenton of New Art Club who are performing in the city as part of their 15-venue UK tour.

The show – billed as a modern cabaret for the whole family - recreates the story of the Greek myth for a 21st century audience. It follows the story of the hero's Twelve Labours in a crazy cabaret style with Pete as the unlikely superhero and Tom as the show's compere.

The show includes Finnish Hula Hooper Tiina Tuomisto who will be leading the workshop at Intu between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

People of all ages will be invited to join the fun with Tiina as part of the community participation element of the show which is a partnership between New Art Club, contemporary dance development organisation Dance4, Derby-based regional dance house Déda and Derby Theatre.

The action then continues at Déda in Chapel Street where Tiina will lead an adult (ages 16+) hula hoop workshop for pre-registered participants – including those who attended an experience day recently to be part of the community cast in the show.

Tiina Tuomisto is a Finnish circus artist based in London specialising in Hula-hoops and Hand balancing. She has performed throughout the world, competed in international circus festivals and even performed for the Queen at Epsom Derby as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Visitors to Intu on May 23 will also have the chance to see extracts from the show performed by a group of local young dancers who will be 'Birds' in 'Hercules' and are currently learning their routines at Déda's studios with choreographer and local dance artist Alice Vale.

The group of 'Birds' will be joined on stage at Derby Theatre with the eight-strong group of other young dancers who will be 'Hydras' and the eight adult dancers who will be 'Folkies' as part of the story.

Déda Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb explained: "The excitement is building for the performance of 'Hercules' at Derby Theatre.

"The Hula Hoop workshops at Intu and Déda will be a fantastic opportunity for people to learn more about this skilled artform which is featured in the show and there will also be the chance to buy discounted family tickets for 'Hercules' during the day.

"As a dance organisation committed to working with our local communities and developing dance skills, Déda is delighted to be involved in this unique partnership and engagement programme.

"Rehearsals are going well for the local young people and adults who will be performing alongside New Art Club and this community participation will be a wonderful element to this family entertainment show."

For more information or to book a place at afternoon workshop (aged 16+), please contact Heather Gunn at Déda on 01332 374670 or

Hercules is at Derby Theatre on Friday June 12. For more information visit and for a sneak preview, visit or

Tickets for the show are on sale from Derby Theatre's Box Office, call 01332 593939.

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Notes to editors

Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.
With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.
Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

New Art Club
New Art Club have toured their work all over the world. After winning the Edinburgh Spotlight award for best comedy show in 2010 their work has received a raft of four and five star reviews in the national and international press.
New Art Club have crossed the boundaries of high and popular arts, having performed their work at Sadler's Wells, The Royal Opera House and Melbourne International Comedy Festival as well as touring around the world and throughout the UK.

Dance4 is an international centre for the development of extraordinary 21st century dance. At the heart of Dance4's mission is the support of artists and the importance of presenting new perspectives and research in the art form. Dance4 invites artists to create work with the public in a variety of ways, exciting audiences and participants about the unexpected and extraordinary experiences of dance.

Dance4 is establishing an East Midlands producing and touring network, to create high quality dance work for the mid scale to tour the UK. Two of the region's well know producing houses Curve and Nottingham Playhouse are partners of the producing hub.

About Arts Council England
The Arts Council champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.