HAPPENCHANCE is a promenade integrated dance, story-telling and live music performance project for hospitals (but not exclusively).

Initially devised for the University Hospitals of North Midlands, Artistic Director Rachael Lines created five new contemporary dance works especially for the hospital environment and all who attend; in and out patients, visitors and staff.

Performers travel between public spaces and corridors to wards, specialist units and even venture outside in the hospital grounds. We have work suitable for Children’s wards, Renal Units (Kidney Dialysis), Chemotherapy, Outpatient waiting areas – in fact our work can be performed anywhere.

The main work, also entitled ‘HAPPENCHANCE’ is about chance encounters that we have with strangers and what happens next. It explores how we are naturally drawn to and feel comfortable around some people, and how we react differently to those who make us feel tense or uncomfortable and others who may even make us blush!

The work over exaggerates these feelings and situations, creating a mix of a witty/comic dance work for four dancers with tender, emotive and thought-provoking duets. Choreographer and Artistic Director of FRONTLINEdance, Rachael Lines, wanted to create ‘characters’ that audiences could smile at and laugh along with, and then bring a more ‘human’ and ‘real life’ element into the mix; and it worked!

This work consists of a number of duets that can be performed alone (small spaces / short 5 minute performances). It is performed to a composition by Greg Hall and with and without a story-telling aspect. HAPPENCHANCE is available to tour to other settings and theatres – the work can be tailor- made to suit your space and the audience (children or adults).