This Autumn Dance City, the North East’s leading organisation for dance, is launching its brand new theatre seats with a vibrant program of professional dance performances. The new seats, being installed over summer thanks to a very successful crowdfunder campaign and generous support from the Community Foundation, will ensure comfortable viewing of a diverse season of performances spanning ballet, tap, contemporary and circus, with something for all ages.

Families are in for a treat as the 250 seat theatre will be visited by Highly Sprung’s cloud hopping show Up, up and Away followed by Ballet Wales’ beautiful retelling of Romeo A Juliet, before Protein Dance bring Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s classic children’s tale to life in The Little Prince. Tap enthusiasts will also be thrilled by the return of Old Kent Road with their latest offering ‘OSCiLLATE’ while circus fans can enjoy Joli Vyann’s Anima. This Season truly is a celebration of local talent with Dance Edits, Twilight Dances, DOVES and HELM showing off some of the most exciting artists and companies working in the region.


Thursday 26 September 2019| Dance Edits

Dance Edits Autumn 2019Kicking off the season is Dance Edits, a chance to see some of the most exciting new work being created in the North East from Dance City commissioned and associated artists.

Audiences can enjoy short performances from Igor Tavarez, Patrick Ziza and Mathieu Geffre (ex National Dance Company Wales)and more, as well as a film piece from emerging screen dance artist Greta Heath.

This annual show provides a wonderful insight into some of the incredible dance and choreographic talent we have based here in the region and promises an enjoyable evening of dance encompassing a range of styles and mediums.


Thursday 3 October 2019 | Anima – Joli Vyann

Anima - Jolie VyannIn October, dance circus company Joli Vyann arrive with their latest show’ Anima, exploring the delicate connection between two people. With the company’s unique blend of dance and acrobatics, two performers push themselves to the limits of their physicality. Featuring a live musician, voice and wind instruments their breath becomes the soundscape for the performance.

Joli Vyann’s work is athletic, technical, exciting, emotive, sensitive and relevant, challenging audiences with innovative ways of integrating dance and circus and blending the two genres in theatrical scenarios, with relatable character and intention.

“Joli Vyann pushes aside the boundaries between acrobatics and dance with intelligence and impressive skill.” The Guardian.


Thursday 17 October 2019 | Twilight Dances – Fertile Ground

Twilight Dances - Fertile Ground On October 17, audiences can enjoy a new work from North East based graduate company Fertile Ground. Created by Artistic Directors and former Rambert dancers Renaud Weiser and Malgorzata Dzierzon, four dancers are accompanied by a live performance of Schubert’s beautiful Death and the Maiden performed by international string quartet Quatuor Voxpopuli.

2019 marks Fertile Ground’s first season under the artistic directorship of these established choreographers. Together Weiser and Dzierzon’s ambition is to produce work of the highest quality that is inspiring and unexpected.

‘Audiences can expect to be transported by the beauty of the music and by the performance of the dancers and musicians’ – Renaud Weiser

Opening the evening is a new film commission by celebrated movement and theatre artist Wendy Houstoun.


Saturday 19 October 2019 – Up Up and Away – Highly Sprung

Up, Up and Away - Highly Sprung The first of the season’s family shows will be the beautiful, uplifting and inspiring Up up and Away a new piece of children’s physical theatre by Highly Sprung, perfect for ages 5-11years.

Everyone says Joe is ‘different’, that he doesn’t fit in. So when Joe is given the chance to float away into the sky above he doesn’t hesitate to go.
What awaits him in the sky are wonderful experiences and new friends that delight and inspire him… But more importantly Joe finds out about himself, how his differences make him more special than he ever imagined. Joe learns to believe in himself and that just being yourself makes you the best you can be!

Up, Up and Away brings together innovative and playful design in costume, puppetry, and set with the introduction of a unique flying machine that allows the action to take place right above your head!

“Leaving every child feeling treasured and with a beautiful moral to the story, it will awaken the magic in everyone.” ★★★★★ The Reviews Hub


Friday 25 – Saturday 26 October 2019 | Romeo a Juliet – Ballet Wales

Romeo A Juliet - Ballet Wales In their third production performed on the Dance City stage, Critics’ Circle Award winning company, Ballet Wales, presents a beautiful adaptation of Shakespeare’s iconic love story.

Sword fighting, passionate duets and universal themes echo through dramatic and lyrical choreography. Exquisite costumes and video projections create a world of danger and excitement where two young lovers are caught in an age old feud.

Ballet Wales is a vital young company of dancers who are pushing the boundries of classical ballet. This is a fantastic way to discover ballet and enjoy Prokofiev’s stunning music. ‘It’s a knockout performance.’ The Guardian (on Danila Marzilli as Juliet.)


Thursday 7 November 2019 | DOVES – State of Grace

DOVES - State Of Grace In November, North East based dance theatre company State of Grace will be bringing their unique physicality and dynamic storytelling back to Dance City as they take you on a journey with their new piece DOVES.

Part road movie, part 1980s noir and part fantasy, DOVES charts the rite of passage of two very different young women from the US Deep South – a journey full of desire, of change, of becoming and their need to see a completely new world.

Set against a filmic cyclorama (Adam Goodwin) and wrapped in a musical soundscape (Jamie Cook), two sisters (Cora-Jay Williams and Alice Henry) fight for survival and an understanding of who they really are.



Saturday 16 November 2019 | OSCiLLATE – Old Kent Road

OSCiLLATE - Old Kent RoadOld Kent Road will be making their much anticipated return to Dance City this autumn after their debut performance of Fall Out last year.
The company’s latest show OSCiLLATE is an energetic tap dance performance that explores human interaction and the effects of miscommunication in relationships. Fusing high energy tap and beautiful contemporary dance, OSCiLLATE is refreshing, moving and fulfilling.

This is a fantastic way to discover tap dance with an exhilarating show by a company of passionate young dancers who are raising the bar of the UK tap scene.



Saturday 30 November 2019 | HELM –Talent Hub

HELM - Talent Hub Co-Produced by TIN Arts and Yorkshire Dance Diving into dreamscapes and acting out fantastical ways of being, choreographer Theo Clinkard and a nine-strong cast unleash their imaginations to construct a world of alter egos, rock stars, curious souls and fierce goddesses.

HELM is a new piece of dance work to come from Yorkshire Dance and TIN Arts’ pioneering Talent Hub project, a professional development programme for dance artists from the North East of England and Yorkshire with a learning disability or autism.



Thursday 5 – Saturday 7 December 2019 | The Little Prince – Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

The Little Prince - Protein DanceDance City will be closing the season with a gorgeous festive family show perfect for all ages. Dive into the world of The Little Prince in this magical dance adventure by Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance.

The Little Prince invites us to look at the world through our hearts and to reconnect with our inner child.

A story for everyone to enjoy by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the world famous children’s book is brought to life using Protein’s award-winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word.

“Luca Silvestrini is the sharpest of comic choreographers” The Guardian.




Theatre Season Launch Event
Tuesday 17 September 2019, 6pm
£2.50 | Free to members
Join us to hear about the shows ahead
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Dance Edits
Thursday 26 September 2019, 6pm
£6 | Free to members
A showcase of North East dance talent
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Anima – Joli Vyann
Thursday 3 October 2019, 7.30pm
£13.50 | £11 Concessions | £8 Students & under 18s
A unique blend of dance and acrobatics
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Twilight Dances – Fertile Ground
Thursday 17 October 2019, 7.30pm
£9.50 | £8 Students & under 18’s
A dramatic and lyrical piece with live music accompaniment
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Up Up and Away – Highly Sprung
Saturday 19 October 2019, 1pm, 4pm
£13.50 | £11 Concessions | £8 Students & under 18’s
A cloud hopping, star jumping adventure for families
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Romeo A Juliet – Ballet Wales (Ballet Cymru)
Friday 25 October 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 26 October 2019, 2.30pm
£12 | £17 Concessions | £8 Students & under 18’s
A bold and dramatic retelling of the timeless love story
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


DOVES – State of Grace
Thursday 7 November 2019, 7.30pm
£9.50 | £8 Students & under 18’s
Unique storytelling and dynamic physicality
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


Oscillate – Old Kent Road
Saturday 16 November 2019, 7.30pm
£16.50 | £13 Concessions | £8 Students & under 18’s
A groundbreaking tap dance experience
Booking: or 0191 261 0505


The Little Prince – Luca Silvestrini’s Protein Dance
Thursday 5 December 2019, 6.00pm
Friday 6 December 2019, 1.15pm, 6pm
Saturday 7 December 2019, 2.30pm, 6pm
£12 | £40 Family Ticket
The magical children’s tale comes to life this Christmas
Booking: or 0191 261 0505