Dance City have continually outdone themselves when it comes to their theatre programme, with each season always being bigger, better and more varied than the last and 2019’s Spring/Summer offerings look to continue the trend. From the beautiful Indian Bharatanatyam of Seeta Patel’s The Rite of Spring to the death defying stunts of Okham’s Razor’s This Time to Vincent Dance Theatre’s powerful exploration of modern masculinity Shut Down, there really is something for everyone.

Internationally acclaimed companies will include Russell Maliphant Company, French/American acrobatic duo Nikki & JD, and Humanhood with their first group piece including ex-Dance City student and BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015 Connor Scott. This season will also be showcasing the latest work from North East based Company of Others made in collaboration with women from the North.

 

Thursday  7 March 2019 | Vincent Dance Theatre – Shut Down

Kicking off the season will be Vincent Dance Theatre’s first all-male production Shut Down exploring the spectrum of modern day masculinity and investigating the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man. Artistic Director Charlotte Vincent has been described as ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ her distinctive voice acting as a mentor, teacher, facilitator, writer, provocateur and catalyst for critical debate and social change. Timely, humorous and highly charged Shut Down is a ‘political and poetic’ dance theatre piece (London Dance) from one of the UK’s most rigorous and risk taking choreographers.

 

Saturday 16 March 2019 | Scottish Dance Theatre – Velvet Petal

Fresh off of its Edinburgh Fringe success and national tour of sell out shows and rave reviews, the fantastically edgy Velvet Petal by Scottish Dance Theatre will be arriving on Saturday 16 March. Inspired by the lifecycle of the monarch butterfly and artist Robert Mapplethorpe’s Polaroids, the piece is set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo and Four Tet. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty as dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their body, clothing and ideas. Created by Fleur Darkin during her six years as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Velvet Petal has grown into one of the company’s most iconic pieces

Velvet Petal is about change – how humans change by themselves or through relationships with others. It’s about those times in your life when you must transform yourself. I spent a lot of time researching the photographic process and the Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe-inspired me to see things in a new way. We think we understand at first glance but actually, it’s when we spend time letting the object communicate with us that the magic happens. I think the revealing nature of time is particularly true of dancers. The dancers are the Velvet Petals and they open themselves towards the light and dig deep to pull us through the darkness.” – Fleur Darkin.  

 

Thursday 28 March 2019 | Humanhood – Torus

Following the success of their Dance City debut last Spring with duet Zero, Birmingham-based company Humanhood return on March 28 with Torus joined by ex-Dance City student and BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2015 Connor Scott. Described as ‘a journey through the flow of nature’ Humanhood’s much anticipated first group piece is rooted in physics and eastern mysticism, exploring how these seemingly different fields shape our human experience of ourselves and reality. This new piece promises to deliver on the company’s characteristic fusion of powerful movement and effortless fluidity as the dancers move as one, expanding and collapsing through chaos and stillness.

‘Humanhood is a dance company worth travelling light years to see’ – R. Maguire

 

Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 April 2019 | Tick Tock Bridget – Rejoining Jane

On 10 and 11 April, Dance City will be joining forces with Jesmond’s Café 1901 and Ousburn’s Kiln to present Brighton based company Tick Tock Bridget’s first touring work Rejoining Jane, a delightfully immersive dance theatre piece for all ages, all set in a cosy café environment. Join the quirky trio as they take you on a journey in and out of reality, playfully swapping between the factual and fictitious while they tell the story of Jane, a shy librarian turned eccentric sailor, travelling the world to find her long lost brother.

“Totally captivating, beautiful, heartwarming. I wanted to watch it all over again, an absolute joy” – Audience member.

 

Saturday 27 April  2019| Company of OthersCrackle. Dust.

North East based Company of Others, led by Artistic Director and Choreographer Nadia Iftkhar will be presenting their latest work on April 27. Crackle. Dust. will be a poetic unveiling of women’s resilience, a call to action for us all to listen more carefully and a sharing of power.  Made in collaboration with women from the North, the piece will share their experiences of endings that have had a life changing impact through movement, live sound and spoken word.

Performed by an exquisitely diverse ensemble of female performers Crackle. Dust. will witness and celebrate the silence breakers, survivors and the hopeful in our region.

 

Saturday 4 May 2019 | Russell Maliphant Company – Silent Lines

May 4 will mark Dance City’s first visit from award winning, world renowned Russell Maliphant Company with their dynamic new production Silent Lines.  Described as ‘Britain’s leading modern dance creator’ (Daily Express) the piece draws upon Maliphant’s research and explorations in dance and anatomy using a unique mix of animated video projection, and lighting enhancing Maliphant’s stunning multi-disciplinary style. The work is physical, precise and gorgeous to watch.

 

‘For this project, I have chosen to delve into the resource of studies and explorations I have made over the years in anatomy, biomechanics and in particular the body’s fascial system in relation to movement training and choreography.’ – Russell Maliphant

 

 

Thursday 9 May 2019 | Seeta Patel – The Rite of Spring

 

Witness the classic ballet as you’ve never seen it before as award winning choreographer Seeta Patel reimagines the iconic The Rite of Spring in the intricate, rhythmic and expressive South Indian classical dance style of Bharatanatyam with an international cast of dancers. The evening will showcase some of the finest Indian classical dance talent from across the globe in an exciting bridge between two very technical, powerful and evocative art forms (Western classical music and Indian classical dance). Dance City will be hosting a free post show talk with choreographer Seeta Patel to find out more about the work and its origins.

 

Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May 2019 | Ockham’s Razor – This Time

Following the sellout success of their last trip to Dance City, critically acclaimed international aerial theatre company Ockham’s Razor is making their much anticipated return from 23 – 26 May with This Time. With a cast ranging in age from 13 to 60 This Time looks at perceptions of strength and ability: how we are strong in different ways at different times in our lives. Bodies are suspended high in the air and swung close to the ground in an innovative new take on doubles trapeze. A show about time, age and the stories we tell ourselves.

“A miracle of co-operation.” The Guardian.

 

Thursday 6 June 2019 | Nikki and JD – KNOT

On June 6 audiences can enjoy yet another acrobatic performance of a very different kind in Nikki and JD’s comical, heartfelt and relatable KNOT. Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, the piece is a very modern affair, told with delicate sensitivity through breath-taking acrobatics and heart wrenching dance. The two talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice:  How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love?  KNOT is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment.

‘Breathtaking in every way’ – The Place Review

 

Saturday 29 June 2019 | National Youth Dance Company

National Youth Dance Company will be bringing their latest work created by acclaimed 2018-19 Guest Artistic Director, Botis Seva to the stage on 29 June. Thirty-eight of the UK’s best young dancers will present a unique evening, fusing contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop. Inspired by the frenetic energy of youth, Botis Seva’s choreographic style combined with the young dancers’ talents will create a thrilling and unforgettable production. NYDC has established a reputation for producing high-quality, critically acclaimed productions by leading choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Sharon Eyal, Damien Jalet, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Akram Khan and Jasmin Vardimon.

 

For those who just can’t decide what to book, make sure to come along to Dance City’s season launch event on Tuesday 26 February. Enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles as Artistic Director Anthony Baker reflects on the past year and walks you through the season ahead in more detail with the help of some special guest performers. Attendees can receive 10% off all bookings made on the night on top of other multi-buy offers. Visit www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or call 0191 261 0505 to find out more and book any of the performances listed above.

 

BREIF LISTINGS INFORMATION FOR DANCE CITY THEATRE SPRING/SUMMER 2019

 

Theatre Season Launch Event

Tuesday 26 February 2019, 6pm

£2.50, free to members

Join us to hear about the shows ahead

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Shut Down

Vincent Dance Theatre

Thursday 7 March 2019, 7.30pm

£16.50, £13 concession, £8 students & under 18s

Explosive and timely all male work

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Velvet Petal

Scottish Dance Theatre

Saturday 16 March 2019, 7.30pm

£16.50, £13 concessions, £8 students & under 18s

Dance theatre set to a fresh dance-punk soundtrack

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Torus

Humanhood

Thursday 28 March 2019, 7.30pm

£13.50, £11 concessions, £8 students & under 18s

Bold and adventurous with fluid movement

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Rejoining Jane

Tick Tock Bridgette

Wednesday 10 – Thursday 11 April, 6pm, 7.30pm

Venue: 1901 Jesmond, Kiln Ousburn

£9.50, £8 students & under 18s

Go on a dance journey in a cosy café

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Crackle. Dust.

Company of Others

Saturday 27 April 2019, 7.30pm

£9.50, £8 students & under 18s

A poetic exploration of women’s resilience

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

Silent Lines

Russell Maliphant Company

Saturday 4 May 2019, 7.30pm

£16.50, £13 concession, £8 students & under 18s

Physical, precise and gorgeous to watch

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

The Rite of Spring

Seeta Patel

Thursday 9 May 2019, 7.30pm

£16.50, £13 concession, £8 students & under 18s

The infamous ballet reimagined in Indian dance

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

This Time

Okham’s Razor

Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 May 2019, various times

£16.50, £13 concession, £8 students & under 18s

An innovative new approach from Okhams Razor

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

KNOT

Nikki & JD

Thursday 6 June 2019, 7.30pm

£13.50, £11 concession, £8 students & under 18s

Acrobatics, movement and storytelling combine

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505

 

National Youth Dance Company

Saturday 29 June 2019, 2pm, 7.30pm

£13.50, £11 concession, £8 students & under 18s

An enthralling and energetic experience

Booking: www.dancecity.co.uk/performances or 0191 261 0505