'THE SANDMAN' is Chantry Dance's first full-length original ballet.
Chantry Dance have created a captivating story around the popular folklore figure of The Sandman - the bringer of dreams.
In 2017, Chantry Dance took audiences on a journey into the dream-world. The Sandman sends humans to sleep by dropping sand in their eyes, then uses a magic rainbow umbrella to bring good dreams, or a dark umbrella to bring nightmares. We follow the story of a woman who is desperate to give good dreams to her ill husband - so desperate that she is willing to follow the Sandman into the world of dreams to try to steal the dream umbrellas. There she meets many bizarre and entertaining characters including the timid Monster-under-the-Bed, the Puppet seeking freedom from his strings, the Unformed Dreams, and of course The Sandman himself. The woman steals the dream umbrellas and returns to the real world. She brings beautiful, magical dreams to her husband, so much so that he recovers. Wanting to share the magic with others, the man and woman then go into the world to bring the gift of beautiful dreams to everyone through the rainbow umbrella.
But what will happen should the umbrellas get mixed up??
You'll have to wait and see....
'THE SANDMAN' is inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson tale of 'The Sandman' or Ole Lukøje and features an original score by composer Tim Mountain.