The Monocle - Rendez-Vous Dance - Dance City

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The Monocle - Rendez-Vous Dance

A fun, immersive dance experience
Sat 26 Feb 2022 7:30pm
Running time: 1 hr 10 mins no interval
Age: 13+ (scenes of a sensual nature, adult themes)
Tickets: £13.50
Concessions: £8.00,
£11.00 concession
The Monocle, a brand-new piece by Rendez-Vous dance is inspired by the secretly notorious 1930s Parisian lesbian club Le Monocle and will be performed by six outstanding dancers. Conceived as a fun night out, The Monocle will re-shape the traditional theatre into a club where audiences can participate in a highly virtuosic evening mixing dance and live music.

Be our guest at The Monocle! In there the air is thick, warm and wavy with sensuality, women laugh loudly, drink the night away and dance in each other’s arms.

A Made in the North East commission, Mathieu Geffré received the award by a consortium of nine north east venues who are working together on a three-year strategic dance audience development project led by Dance City and made possible with funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The commission aims for the partners to develop a better understanding and commitment to programming dance performances in the region.

Rendez-Vous dance is led by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffré who established the company following a fifteen-year career as a performer, collaborating with some of the most celebrated artists in the world including Itzik Galili, Christopher Bruce, Didy Veldman, Angelin Preljocaj and Johann Inger. Rendez-Vous Dance creates projects to tell past and present stories of LGBTQ+ communities.

Mathieu Geffré, Rendez-Vous Dance said:

“I would like to thank Arts Council England for their generous support towards the development of our Made In The North East project: The Monocle. Being awarded with this National Lottery grant represents a significant career change for me. I am very honoured and excited to be offered the resources to create and develop a project which aims to find, attract, develop and showcase talent in the North East. I would like to extend my thanks to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and all the partner-venues for trusting me and Rendez-Vous dance in championing their idea for the development of dance in the region. This project aims to bring people together and involve them whilst we’ll constantly try to challenge perceptions of engagement with dance, who it is for and who it is made by.’’

The commission opportunity was offered exclusively to dance and physical theatre artists and companies based in the north east, who were able to demonstrate a commitment to building the long-term dance ecology of the region.

Pre-show activity in the foyer begins at 7:00pm, performance begins at 7:30pm.

You are invited to join the company for a Watch Dance Class 12:00pm. This will include:
A talk from choreographer Mathieu Geffre - 12:00 - 12:30PM
Observation of company class - 12:30 - 1:45pm

There will be a post-show talk with the creative team to discuss the performance.

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