WITH virtual reality becoming one of the hottest experiences for young people, a new show is set to bring the computer world to life.

Quest ventures inside an extraordinary computer game world bringing street, tricking, contemporary and break dance styles together with much older and stranger dance styles.

The show is the latest production from Breaking Tradition, the UK’s leading folk and hip-hop dance company.

Apart from the subject matter, what makes this show unique is it is the first time the dance company has produced something which is purposely aimed at families.

“Most of our audience members are 50 plus,” said Breaking Traditions artistic director Damien Barber.

“We really wanted to raise the profile of traditional British dance with younger people. So, we wanted to create a show of hip-hop and folk fusion which was specific for families.”

Quest is the story of Kai, whose sister mysteriously disappears and it’s down to him to find her, but should he be looking in the real world? Or somewhere else.

This fits with Breaking Traditions mission to raises the profile of traditional English dance, music and song through integration with modern genres.

Quest aims to blur the lines of traditional folk dance, such as Morris dancing, with hip-hop break dancing.

The company aims to emphasise the cultural importance of traditional English heritage through delivery of high quality, accessible performance and education.

Barber added: “The idea of this show was to do something young people could identify with, i.e. a computer game.

“We all grew up on computer games, so we thought it was something that would appeal to them and help integrate those two worlds.”

He added: “The reason we want to raise the profile [of traditional dance] is because we want people to get involved in what we do.

“It is getting traditional dance back into communities. It shouldn’t be a professional job to do traditional dance it should be something for the communities to do and enjoy.

“It is important to keep these traditional dance styles alive.”

But Barber said working with different styles of dance has been a learning curve for everyone.

“It is quite a challenge to see hip-hop dancers trying to do some of the more traditional things.

“When you try and do something a bit different your muscles react differently and that is why we want to bring these different styles together.

“People are more open to crazy dance styles nowadays.”

Quest comes to the Haymarket on September 22.

For more information and tickets go to anvilarts.org.uk/QUEST.