Dance City has an explosive season of dance for you this autumn and winter, featuring regional, national and international dancers, styles and stories.
Some of the work is so fresh it hasn’t yet been made as we go to press. Be among the first to see Genius, by inclusive company Anjali, which is smashing preconceptions about disability in dance. Charge is a brand new, electrifying dance-circus work by Motionhouse, and Dance Edits is a chance to get the first look at new works by five emerging North East dance talents, all commissioned by Dance City.
Most of the season is suitable for all ages, but some shows are made to spark the imagination of children and young people, including The Magic Fish by ATMA Dance, a classic Indian tale retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing.
The family Christmas show is an enchanting adaptation of The Little Match Girl, by Arthur Pita Dance. The Observer gave it five stars and described it as “Magical. Wonderfully inventive. A gem.”
With so much to see, why not take advantage of Dance City’s multi-buy ticket offer and get 20% off when you book 2 or more shows. Early bird bookers can claim an additional 10% off by booking before 30 September.
Dance City houses the only theatre in the North East that is dedicated to dance. Having seen ticket sales rise by 12% last year, the Autumn/Winter 2017 season is even more ambitious and exciting than ever, to cater for the enthusiastic and growing dance audience in the region.
The season kicks off with Dance Edits (28 Sep), a brand new showcase of North East dance makers featuring five new Dance City commissions plus a special appearance by Tin Arts. The artists featured in Dance Edits are:
Robert Anderson, “Them”
Robert draws inspiration from the movement and social patterns of carnivorous animals and fictional creatures. Depicted through a young couple their dark and comical world unfolds as they prepare to host guests.
Alice Henry, “Muse”
This piece is a physical exploration of the elite athlete’s physical and mental capacity. The work addresses themes of strength, power and peak performance, of expectation, pressure and confidence, yet also weakness, vulnerability and fragility in the unattainable pursuit of the superhuman.
Ella Mesma, “Foreign Bodies”
This piece explores what it is to be a “citizen of the world”. Exploring themes around migration, immigration, body identity, trafficking and race, “Foreign Bodies” refers both to the stories of refugees, the need to relocate and the migrant experiences once in a new country, as well as to the term as it is used in the medical profession.
Nicole Vivien Watson, “Cold Colour”
Nicole aims to physically communicate the effects of colour and light on emotional and psychological responses through the mediums of movement and choreography.
Patrick Ziza, “Untitled”
Dressed in tailored suits, the men elegantly smoke on their pipes and stroll the impoverished streets in immaculate footwear. In Central Africa true dandyism serves as something closer to a religion; a code of living.
George Williams, “Wired”
From the comfort of his bedroom George forges connections to all that is special to him: Music, games, the world-wide web and more. At times a hive of activity, at others a sanctuary, George’s bedroom is the centre of a world where even everyday objects can become a playground. The line between entertainment and distraction has never been so blurred. It’s hard to focus when you’re this wired.
Genius – Anjali Dance Company
A world premiere comes to Dance City with Genius by inclusive dance company Anjali (5 October).
An exceptional group of six professional dancers with learning disabilities perform two works.
Gary Clarke’s Beethoven takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven.
In Bloodsucker, Lea Anderson has created a stylised, gently humorous exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film.
“One of the brightest companies in British Dance” Donald Hutera
The showing at 1.30pm will be a relaxed performance which is specially designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance experience including those with autism and learning disabilities.
Workshop + Performance Deal £15.50 per person
Take part in an exciting two-hour workshop with the company and gain insights into creative processes and the things that people with learning disabilities can achieve when given the opportunity.
Open workshop Mon 2 Oct 5.30-7.30pm at Dance City for 16+ years.
Group workshop available Tue 3 and Wed 4 Oct (min of 15) – contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Ballet Wales
Award Winning Ballet Wales present a stunning version of Shakespeare’s most magical play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (7 Oct).
This funny and heart-warming adaptation features vibrant classical choreography danced by some of the finest dancers around. Mendelssohn’s joyous music is interpreted by Artistic Director Darius James and highlights radiant costumes, sets and video projection.
A world of magic and mayhem.
“Impressively able dancers and a choreographer
who can make use of every gift they have.” The Sunday Telegraph on A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Queen of the Fairies Titania, and Puck the mischievous messenger, inhabit the supernatural fairy kingdom. Bottom and his boot-wearing “Rude Mechanicals” present their famous play Pyramus and Thisbe. And finally, the lovers, caught in a thrilling web of mistaken identity and confusion finally find their way through the Athenian forest to an unforgettable and joyous reconciliation.
Ballet Wales are a young, vital group of dancers who are pushing back the barriers of classical ballet.
Ballet Wales is committed to inclusion and innovation in dance and classical ballet, and to the highest standard of collaboration with dancers, choreographers, designers, composers and musicians. Under the Artistic Direction of Darius James, the company continues to develop its relationship with audiences through accessible outreach work and exceptional, stylish performances.
“These young ballet pioneers deserve wider support.
Catch them if you can.”
The Dancing Times.
“It’s a small enterprise with a great deal to shout about.”
A Movement in 3 – Joss Arnott Dance
Joss Arnott Dance’s new classical contemporary programme (13 Oct) will take you on a gripping journey through powerful and heart-pounding choreography that has established the company as one of the most exciting voices in British contemporary dance.
Created in collaboration with the some of the industry’s foremost, award-winning dancers, composers and designers, Arnott’s new Triple Bill consists of two brand new dance works – A Movement in 3 and RUSH – alongside the company’s internationally award-winning solo V that will feature live music for the first time.
Expect a highly charged, visually stunning and musically led evening of dance that explodes with power and technical brilliance.
A MOVEMENT IN 3
Set to a harmonious, original score for piano and strings by composer Quinta, Arnott’s signature, bold choreographic stylistic are contrasted with an edgy, yet effortless, fluid complexity. Exploring light and shadow, this collision of melody and dance creates a mysterious and dreamlike atmosphere enhanced by Yaron Abulafia’s visually exquisite lighting design.
V reveals the contrasting qualities of an extraordinary dancer ranging from radical and hyper-mobile movement to sensual and graceful subtlety. Exploring a rare and agile beauty of movement through technical precision, this emotive work reveals an outstanding interplay between dance and live music for solo viola, composed by James Keane, through a stunning, serene landscape of ever-changing asymmetric lighting by Fabiana Piccioli.
A tour de force of athletic virtuosity, RUSH captures the modern and athletic sense of power of this alpha female cast through percussive, adrenaline fuelled and infectiously gripping choreography. A technical masterclass in performance, this full company work shows how movement can speak volumes, create multiple dialogues and provide exhilarating sensory experiences to excite and inspire audiences of all ages.
“The perfect tonic for British contemporary dance” Londonist
“Exquisite to watch” The Stage
And All The Humans Will Be Eliminated – State of Grace
North East dance collective State of Grace present And All The Humans Will Be Eliminated (19 Oct). In the place between shadow and light. In the cracks between one world and another. In the magic space where everything is laid out in front of you and there is nowhere to hide, 6 extraordinary characters meet to dance the Dance of Death and Redemption. Flawed, dangerous, outcast, lonely and overlooked, who will be saved? All, one, none?
6 simultaneous stories play out and collide in State of Grace’s re-working of their 2016 show. Dark, twisty, funny and exhausting, ‘Humans…’ takes both performers and audiences on a rollercoaster of dynamic dance-theatre, psycho-physicality and sweat.
State of Grace is a performance collective based in North East England. It makes work, trains the Company and others and develops meaningful participation both in the UK and overseas. Launched in 2014 with the grateful support of Northern Stage, the Company comprises largely emerging and early-career artists with backgrounds in dance, theatre, film, music, fine art and interdisciplinary practice.
The Magic Fish – ATMA Dance
The Magic Fish by ATMA Dance (26 Oct) is a classic Indian tale retold through dance, storytelling and beatboxing for young thinking minds.
Vishnu, one of India’s shape-shifting Supergods, wakes up after sleeping for thousands of years to find a greedy demon called No-Knowledge has taken earth’s most precious treasures for himself.
Enlisting the help of King Manu to save the essentials for life, Vishnu changes his form into something quite unexpected! In this interactive performance, boys and girls are invited to join King Manu’s adventure in a new production to enchant all children.
A free workshop will take place between the shows at 2.30pm for ticket holders (booking essential).
The 1.00pm showing will be a relaxed performance specially designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance experience including those with autism and learning disabilities.
Charge – Motionhouse
Charge is an electrifying new dance-circus show from Motionhouse (3 Nov).
From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our heart and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.
Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies, humans as energy manipulators and the Earth’s weather systems.
Charge is a unique collaboration between art and science: Motionhouse is working with partners from Oxford University to support the creative and choreographic process, putting science at the heart of artistic practice. Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan’s ‘Earth Trilogy’, developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013) about our relationship with water and the Earth.
A free pre-show talk will take place at 6.45pm on Friday for ticket holders.
The North – Joan Clevillé Dance
After their acclaimed debut Plan B for Utopia, Joan Clevillé Dance return with The North (11 Nov), the bleak yet whimsical story of a young man’s journey in search for meaning in an unpredictable environment. A place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm, and letting go the only way to survive…
Blending elements from dance, physical theatre and puppetry, The North features dancers Solène Weinachter (Lost Dog, Gecko), John Kendall (balletLORENT), and Eve Ganneau (Andersson Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre).
The Little Match Girl – Arthur Pita Dance
Dance City’s family Christmas show is Arthur Pita’s The Little Match Girl (30 Nov – 3 Dec). Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music by Frank Moon.
A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy Christmas Eve where the Little Match Girl paces the emptying streets, shivering and desperate, trying to sell her matches. Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother, who guides her on a journey through the night sky to the moon, leaving her troubled life behind.
Now on a clear night if you look closely you might see a shooting star….. or is it a match burning brightly?
Suitable for children aged 5-11 and adults who love a great story, beautifully told.
Arthur Pita’s adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis at Royal Opera House won Olivier, South Bank Sky Arts and Critics Circle National Dance Awards.
***** ‘MAGICAL. Wonderfully inventive. A gem’ Luke Jennings – The Observer
***** “Perfectly spellbinding. An utter delight” The Spectator, Critic’s Choice
Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505.
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