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DanceXchange [dx] a power house of dance

Contents 03

Welcome

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Performance introduction From Director of Programming & Production, Paul Burns

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At a glance – performances Overview of our Spring 2014 season

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The Spring 2014 season

Details, dates and times for dx performances

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How to book

All the ways you can buy tickets for dx performances

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Partner performances

IDFB at Birmingham Hippodrome

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Participate – classes

Classes at dx

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At a glance – classes

Summer term classes diary

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A-Z of dance

Find out about all the different styles you can learn

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General information

Things you need to know if you’re taking a class

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Ways to pay

Choose how you’d rather pay – and find ways to save!

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Venue hire

Details about hiring The Patrick Centre or a dx studio

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How to find us

Map and contact details

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From our Artistic Director, David Massingham


Welcome

to DanceXchange’s Spring/Summer 2014 brochure! //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

We’re delighted that International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) is back for the fourth edition this year. One of Europe’s largest dance festivals, IDFB will present some of the finest dance performances from across the globe between 24 April – 25 May 2014. For this festival we’ve again worked with a number of venues in the city, and are presenting more shows than ever before, including a number of world premieres and unique collaborations. In particular we’re delighted to be working with Birmingham’s Ex Cathedra and Québécois dance company Cas Public on a special performance of Duruflé’s Requiem at Symphony Hall – Concert Dansé on Friday 2 May. This world premiere event will showcase the talents of over 50 performers, including guest dance artists Aakash Odedra and dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet. As well as the performances in venues, look out for free dance events on the streets and public spaces of Birmingham, culminating in B-Town, our spectacular finale in Victoria Square in the last week of the festival. And there are lots of opportunities for you to get dancing too with our Paint The Town Red social dance events, or you could learn the traditional M¯ aori Haka and take part in a mass performance in Centenary Square.

Within this brochure you can read more about the programme of IDFB performances in Birmingham Hippodrome and DanceXchange’s studio theatre The Patrick Centre. To find out about the rest of the festival programme visit idfb.co.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. This brochure also contains all the information about the wide range of dance classes we offer, in our dedicated professional dance studios. Whatever your experience, age or preferred dance style we’re sure we have something for you – and you can just drop in and try a class; no need to pre-book. We look forward to seeing you at DanceXchange soon!

David Massingham DanceXchange Artistic Director and Co-Artistic Director of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014

P.S. If you’d like to receive regular updates from our monthly e-newsletter you can join our mailing list. Visit dancexchange.org.uk or email your details to info@dancexchange.org.uk

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0121 689 3170 // www.dancexchange.org.uk


Performance // Spring 2014 It’s that time again! Spring 2014 means International Dance Festival Birmingham and, to use this year’s festival tagline, ‘a world of dance in one city’. We’re on our fourth edition of the festival and this time we’ve got even more shows to tell you about. This brochure takes you through International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) performances happening at DanceXchange’s venue The Patrick Centre, and those in Birmingham Hippodrome. For information about the IDFB performances happening in other venues check the website – idfb.co.uk The Patrick Centre programme starts with Birmingham’s Aakash Odedra Company, a highly acclaimed classical Indian Kathak performer, who will present the world premieres of two new solo works; Murmur, choreographed with Australian choreographer Lewis Major, which reflects on Aakash’s experience of dyslexia, and Inked, choreographed by Damien Jalet, which takes tattooing in Indian tribal culture as its starting point. An associate artist of dx, Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere has created two new duets for IDFB. Match is a collaboration with Lebanese choreographer Guy Nader, whilst Halfway to the Other Side has been created with Egyptian choreographer Salah El Brogy. Expect a show full of virtuosic dance and an unique movement language fusing a variety of dance styles, including hip-hop and contemporary dance. Another DanceXchange Associate Artist, Luca Silvestrini, presents the work of his company Protein Dance in the next week of the festival. His new work, Border Tales, features live music, 04

text and incredible dance as Luca examines immigration, multiculturalism and exploding stereotypes in his usual thought-provoking and funny style – a must-see show during IDFB. The final week of the festival sees a first for IDFB in presenting work from Greece. Athens based Aerites, led by choreographer Patricia Apergis, present their new work Planites. Featuring five stunning male dancers, the show fuses physical contemporary dance with Greek folk and hip-hop, in a work which takes inspiration from modern cities, migration and integration. Over on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage, we have a spectacular line-up of some of the biggest names in world dance. Switzerland’s Alias, led by Brazilian choreographer Guilherme Botelho, present Sideways Rain, a hypnotic, mesmerising and stunningly beautiful work about the need for constant change and evolution. Next up; one of the hottest names in dance today, Kidd Pivot, led by Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. This new work, Tempest Replica, takes Shakespeare’s The Tempest as the starting point for a haunting and utterly engrossing work. Sylvie Guillem, widely regarded as the most “… brilliant ballerina of her generation” (The Guardian), returns to IDFB following sold out performances in 2012. This time Sylvie performs a mixed programme with work from some of the greatest choreographers of her generation.


At a glance // IDFB at The Patrick Centre (p6-13) ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures need no introduction to Birmingham dance audiences and return with their acclaimed project, Lord of the Flies. Featuring young dancers from the West Midlands alongside the professional company, this is an innovative re-telling of William Golding’s classic tale. IDFB’s final week at Birmingham Hippodrome starts with the return of Breakin’ Convention; the international festival of hip-hop dance theatre. As usual, expect great dance – as well as the Birmingham Hippodrome foyers filled with DJs, MCs, workshops and demonstrations. Rounding-off our packed theatre programme we have Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s m¡longa. Featuring an amazing cast of international tango dancers and live musicians, Cherkaoui brings his own choreographic voice to one of the world’s most loved dance forms. And that’s the IDFB 2014 programme at DanceXchange and Birmingham Hippodrome. Check out the rest of the festival programme for more of the finest dance theatre, circus, ballet, hip-hop dance, world premieres and outdoor festival experiences – idfb.co.uk I hope to see you over the festival, and that you enjoy another tour of the world’s best dance performances from the comfort of your own fine city!

Aakash Odedra Company // Murmur & Inked WORLD PREMIERE Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 8pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Company Decalage // Match & Halfway To The Other Side WORLD PREMIERE Friday 9 – Saturday 10 May // 8pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein // Border Tales Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May // 8pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Aerites // Planites Thursday 22 – Friday 23 May // 8pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

IDFB at Birmingham Hippodrome (p16-19) ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Alias // Sideways Rain Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Kidd Pivot // Tempest Replica Friday 2 – Saturday 3 May // 7.30pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Sylvie Guillem // 6000 Miles Away Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 7.30pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

New Adventures & Re:Bourne // Lord of the Flies Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 May // Various

Paul Burns

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Director of Programming & Production

Breakin’ Convention Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 May // 7.30pm (Foyer events from 5.30pm) ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui // m¡longa

Friday 23 – Saturday 24 May // 7.30pm ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

TICKET SALES: 0844 338 5000 // www.dancexchange.org.uk/performance


Performance //

WORLD PREMIERE

Aakash Odedra Company //

Murmur & Inked Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 8pm ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

A new double bill from Aakash Odedra Company. Artistic Director Odedra is one of the most sought after British choreographer/dancers today. Originally trained in the South Asian styles of Kathak and Bharatanatyam, he has developed a distinctive movement style following intensive training with some of the most prestigious choreographers in the world. Diagnosed with dyslexia at a young age, Aakash found conventional education at school very challenging. He felt defined by his learning difficulties, rather than his abilities. As written language was so alien, dance became his preferred mode of expression. In Murmur, Aakash and Australian choreographer Lewis Major delve into the idea of warped and exaggerated realities. In a new collaboration with Major and Ars Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria), the company explores how the misconceptions of dyslexia can be revealed through visual design, light, sound and movement. Scarification and tattoos have been used since ancient times as marks of identity or experience. Aakash Odedra’s grandmother’s body was covered by signs that ensured her protection and sense of belonging. In Inked, choreographed by Laurence Olivier award winner Damien Jalet, the body becomes a place of transformation, an envelope marked, folded and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualized space. Supported by Sky Arts Academy Arts Scholarships. Co-commissioned by Arts at Dartington (Dartington Hall Trust, UK), Curve Theatre (Leicester, UK), DanceXchange (Birmingham, UK), La Maison de la musique de Nanterre (Nanterre, FR), Maison des Arts de Créteil (Créteil, FR), Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK), Royal Opera House (London, UK), Sampad (Birmingham, UK), Studio Programme, The Royal Ballet (London, UK ). Supported by Arts Council England. Age guidance: 11yrs+

FREE post-show talk: Tuesday 6 May ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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“A dancer to follow.” The Guardian on Rising

Image: Lewis Major TICKET SALES: 0844 338 5000 // www.dancexchange.org.uk/performance


Performance //

WORLD PREMIERE

Company Decalage //

Match & Halfway To The Other Side Friday 9 – Saturday 10 May // 8pm /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Company Decalage's new double bill features a meeting of minds, a light in the dark and three choreographers whose paths crossed, turned, flipped, spun and crossed again. Celebrated Midlands based choreographer and bboy Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere joins forces with two exceptional talents; acclaimed choreographer, actor and dancer Guy Nader (originally from Lebanon, based in Barcelona) and extraordinary performer and choreographer Salah El Brogy (hailing from Egypt, based in London). Together they have co-created two brand new duets. In Match Guy Nader and Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere construct a visually breathtaking place where destruction and renewal, devastation and beauty are never far apart. Salah El Brogy and Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere present Halfway To The Other Side; part spiritual journey, part absurd reflection on our human tendency to repeat, replicate, endlessly circle through life and turn time on its head. Supported through public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere is an Associate Artist at DanceXchange. Both works have been created with support from the commissioning partners, DanceXchange, The Place, Dance4 and Mercat De Las Flors, Barcelona through the European Dancehouse Network’s Carte Blanche scheme, and with support from mac birmingham, and Salah El Brogy Company. Age guidance: 11yrs+

FREE post-show talk: Friday 9 May /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

“The gravitas of classical theatre, but enough raw authenticity to leave teen hip-hoppers in the audience spellbound.” londondance.com on La Porte 08


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Performance //

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein //

Border Tales Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 May // 8pm /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Treated with trademark physical and verbal wit, Border Tales looks at multi-cultural living in the UK seen through the eyes of the characters on stage. Luca Silvestrini turns his sharply satirical gaze to stereotypical thinking, tolerance and where lines are drawn between ‘them’ and ‘us’. Seated in the round to bring you close to the action, a cast of international dancers and local performers will entertain and provoke you with this amusing yet poignant look at how we perceive ourselves and each other. Awarded Best Independent Dance Company at the 2011 National Dance Awards following its internationally successful production LOL (lots of love), Protein is known for high-quality distinctive and accessible dance theatre. The LOL creative team is back together for Border Tales, which includes a new score from composer Andy Pink. Commissioned by Bath Dance, ICIA Bath, DanceEast, DanceXchange, Dance Manchester and The Place. Funded by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Supported by modul-dance and the Culture Programme of the EU, Greenwich Dance, Yorkshire Dance, The Place Choreodrome, Trinity Laban, British Council and in co-production with tanzhaus nrw in the frame of modul-dance. Luca Silvestrini is a DanceXchange Associate Artist and a Work Place Artist. Protein is resident at Greenwich Dance and is a Yorkshire Dance Partner. Age guidance: 12yrs+

FREE post-show talk: Wednesday 14 May IDFB is pleased to be offering an audio described performance of Border Tales on Thursday 15 May. Please register your interest when booking. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

“Luca Silvestrini is the sharpest of comic choreographers.” The Guardian 10


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Performance //

Aerites //

Planites Thursday 22 – Friday 23 May // 8pm //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Planites is the latest work by Greek choreographer Patricia Apergi and her company Aerites. Patricia’s choreography is inspired by street culture and everyday life, mixing dynamism of movement with sharp humour. In Planites the company use the body and spirit of the streets as raw material to investigate an urban labyrinth. The piece explores the point of view of migrants moving from town to town, whether by choice or by force in today’s ever-evolving social and economic landscapes. This high energy witty performance showcases the impressive skills of five talented dancers and will leave you questioning concepts of migration, immigration and integration. Aerites is part of a European Dance House Network programme funded by the European Commission through Culture Programme, modul-dance. Age guidance: 11yrs+

FREE post-show talk: Thursday 22 May //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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“The dancers are great, with loose-limbed precision, edgy energy and punchy accents.� Time Out on d.opa

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How to book DanceXchange performance tickets /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

In person // at Birmingham Hippodrome Box Office. Online //

dancexchange.org.uk/performance 5% transaction charge applies.

Telephone //

0844 338 5000

(calls cost from 5p/min) Mon-Sat 10am-8pm on performance days and 10am – 6pm on non-performance days. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. 5% transaction charge applies. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Ticket prices for DanceXchange season:

£12 // £8 concessions //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Payment // We accept most major credit and debit cards. Please make cheques payable to Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets can be posted for a charge of £1. Please note that we are required to post tickets direct to the registered card address.

Concessions // Under 16s, full time students, over 60s and those on jobseekers allowance or income support. Concessionary rates are also available for Birmingham Hippodrome Friends and BRB Friends (please quote membership number when booking). Educational offer // £6 tickets for groups of 5 or more students, with teachers/chaperones free of charge. This offer is for schools, colleges, universities and groups working with young people. This offer is available by telephone or in person, not available online. Group bookings // Buy 10 tickets and receive one further ticket free. Age guidance // Visiting companies provide age guidances for their performances, indicating if there are themes or content (e.g. nudity or swearing) which may be inappropriate for younger audiences. Where possible DanceXchange endeavours to ensure age guidances are correct at the time of going to print, but if you have concerns about the suitability of a performance contact marketing@dancexchange.org.uk

DanceXchange is pleased to offer tickets as part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s First Night scheme. First Night is a FREE membership scheme for 16-23yr olds, giving you the chance to get your hands on thousands of discounted tickets for theatre, musicals, comedy, dance, opera and ballet! Benefits of joining include: Lots of discounted theatre tickets // Invitations to special events for 16-23s // Pre/post show talks, backstage tours and discounted workshops // E-newsletter with all the latest news from Birmingham Hippodrome. And much more!

You can either: • Visit www.dancexchange.org.uk/page/first-night to download a Registration Form • Call Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000 to register over the phone • Call in and fill out the form in person DanceXchange is offering a limited number of First Night tickets for performances in 14 Patrick Centre. Not available in conjunction with any other ticket offers. Calls from 5p per min. The


24 April – 25 May 2014

M HI OR GH E LI IDF GH B TS

A world of dance in one city

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre

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A Haka Day Out /InternationalDanceFestivalBirmingham Follow us on Twitter: @IDFB youtube.com/IDFBonline flickr.com/photos/idfb

B-Town

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IDFB at Birmingham Hippodrome

Image: Jean-Yves Genoud

Alias // Sideways Rain Tuesday 29 – Wednesday 30 April // 7.30pm // Birmingham Hippodrome // £10 – £20 Guilherme Botelho’s Sideways Rain is a metaphor for the primal energy running through all living things. Performed by 14 dancers, they walk, run, fall, rise, stop and then start again, depicting the evolution of man and the human urge to constantly change and move forwards. Set to a chillingly hypnotic score by Mexican artist Fernando Corona best known as Murcof, Sideways Rain is a powerfully visual examination of human nature. Age guidance: 12yrs+ (contains nudity)

“A spectacle of visual and emotional power.” Judith Mackrell – The Guardian /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Kidd Pivot // Tempest Replica Friday 2 – Saturday 3 May // 7.30pm // Birmingham Hippodrome // £10 – £20 Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour. In this new dance piece based on motifs from Shakespeare's The Tempest, Canadian choreographer and Sadler’s Wells newest Associate Artist Crystal Pite, stages a game of revenge and forgiveness, reality and imagination. Chalkwhite replicas deliver the essential plot points of the story, but the emotion and tension of the narrative are fleshed out by real characters. Age guidance: 12yrs+ 16

Image: Jörg Baumann

“Pite is an image-maker of rare distinction.” The Australian


“You can’t take your eyes off Guillem.” Evening Standard

Image: Bill Cooper

Sylvie Guillem // 6000 Miles Away Tuesday 6 – Wednesday 7 May // 7.30pm // Birmingham Hippodrome // £20 – £39.50 International Dance Festival Birmingham is delighted to present a mixed programme devised and performed by internationally acclaimed dancer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sylvie Guillem. Widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest dancers, Sylvie Guillem stars in this new evening of work by three of today’s most important choreographers; Mats Ek, William Forsythe and Jirí Kylián. This Sadler’s Wells / Sylvie Guillem production features iconic dance-maker William Forsythe’s critically lauded duet, Rearray, alongside Mats Ek’s solo for Guillem, Bye, set to Beethoven’s last piano sonata. Completing the evening is a duet from Kylián’s work 27’52” performed by dancers handpicked by the choreographer. Age guidance: 12yrs+ /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000 Group Sales: 0844 338 7000

Book Online: www.idfb.co.uk/whats-on

5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person) plus £1 postage. Phone calls from 5p per minute. Prices and discounting subject to change.


IDFB at Birmingham Hippodrome New Adventures & Re:Bourne // Lord of the Flies Wednesday 14 – Saturday 17 May // 7.30pm, 2pm (Thurs.), 2.30pm (Sat.) // Birmingham Hippodrome // £15 – £36 Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures has created some of the most successful shows of the last 25 years. Now the company unites remarkable young talent from the West Midlands in an extraordinary adaptation of William Golding’s classic novel, Lord of the Flies choreographed by Olivier-nominated Scott Ambler. As the schoolboys find themselves abandoned in a deserted theatre, civilisation crumbles and the rulebook is forgotten as the story builds to an electrifying climax. Chilling, beautiful and hugely entertaining, Lord of The Flies will enthral Bourne fans and inspire a generation of new audiences. Age guidance: 8yrs+

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A Sadler’s Wells Project // Breakin’ Convention Tuesday 20 – Wednesday 21 May // 7.30pm (Foyer Events from 5.30pm) // Birmingham Hippodrome // £9.50 in advance / £15 on the day Breakin’ Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns with another line-up of jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. Hosted and curated by UK hip hop theatre pioneer Jonzi D. Alongside performances from local crews, Breakin’ Convention includes ILL-Abilities (International), a b-boy company that challenges the misconceptions about people with disabilities, Ukweli Roach (UK), with an ensemble performance about temptation and vice, and Wanted Posse (France) expressing the roots of their personal revolutions. Breakin’ Convention is more than just a show: DJs, dancers, demonstrations and workshops take over the foyers in the ultimate celebration of hip hop culture! Age guidance: Suitable for all

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Image: Paul Hampartsoumian

Breakin’ Convention is a Sadler’s Wells Project and is supported by Dance Consortium. Line-up correct at time of going to print.


“This is tango as we love it, but transcending clichés.” The Guardian 

Image: Tristram Kenton

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui // m¡longa Friday 23 – Saturday 24 May // 7.30pm // Birmingham Hippodrome // £12 – £28 Deeply rooted in Argentinean culture, tango has fascinated and captivated the world with its sexuality, power and beauty. Internationally renowned for his ground-breaking and critically revered productions with artists like Akram Khan and Maria Pagés and for his award winning works, Sutra and Babel.  Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui now collaborates with an incredibly talented cast of Argentinean dancers and live musicians to create a show that brings his own unique style to tango. Taking the idea of a milonga as its starting point, those social dance-evenings held in intimate late night bars in Buenos Aires, Cherkaoui draws on traditional influences and adds a contemporary twist. This is the first time that an international large-scale production about tango has been directed by a non-Argentine artist, offering exciting opportunities to explore the traditional dance from another cultural perspective. This promises to be a fascinating exploration of both traditional and contemporary tango for the 21st century. Age guidance: 11yrs+ /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000 Group Sales: 0844 338 7000

Book Online: www.idfb.co.uk/whats-on

5% transaction charge applies (excl. cash sales in person) plus £1 postage. Phone calls from 5p per minute. Prices and discounting subject to change. Breakin’ Convention only – 50p transaction charge applies to £9.50 tickets (excl. cash sales in person).


DanceXchange // Participate Here at DanceXchange we nurture the best young dance talent, and work with communities, hard-to-reach groups and schools. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

NEW FOR 2014: dx Dance Days for Secondary Schools: Get a tour of our studios, a talk from a member of staff and enjoy a fun contemporary dance During IDFB 2014 we have dance from all over workshop led by a professional dance artist. the world arriving in our city, and to complement Sessions are suitable for classes up to 30 pupils; Year 7 and above. For more details, this we are offering some exciting ways to get visit dancexchange.org.uk/participate involved; from Haka to Capoeira and Swing Dance to Street. Workshops include: We train and inspire the region’s dance talent through education and professional development; helping to shape the dance artists, performers and leaders of the future.

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Schools workshops based on Protein Dance Company’s Border Tales Older adults workshop with Protein Dance Company Circus workshops from Rogue Play Theatre For more details, visit idfb.co.uk/about/educational-opportunities

Whether you’re a school or community group interested in booking a workshop, completing an Arts Award with us or organising a visit, please call me on 0121 689 1081 or email lucy.kenny@dancexchange.org.uk

Lucy Kenny Community Engagement Manager

Throughout Spring and Summer DanceXchange will be running Arts Award Discover for 7-11 year olds; children can take part in one of our dance classes and be part of an interactive arts walk. For details and dates visit dancexchange.org.uk/participate


CENTRE FOR ADVANCED TRAINING FOR SOUTH ASIAN & CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Are you interested in training as a dancer? Are you committed to Contemporary, Kathak, or Bharatanatyam dance? DanceXchange’s Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme is for young people aged 11-16 with exceptional talent and potential in dance. We have two strands – Contemporary (for young people in the West Midlands) and South Asian, which focuses on Kathak and Bharatanatyam (for young people living anywhere in England). Funded by the Government’s Music and Dance Scheme, means-tested grants are available to students who are offered a place on CAT. Our Centre for Advanced Training can offer young people support to pursue a career in dance, by providing them with high quality workshops and performance opportunities. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

We audition for both strands in May and June. To find out more about the CAT programme, visit www.dancexchange.org.uk/cat


Participate // Summer 2014 Monday 28 April – Saturday 12 July 2014

Welcome to our summer term! We’re already looking forward to sunny spring days and warm summer evenings. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I’d like to start by saying a huge thank you to our class regulars and to all of our newcomers who have joined us over the winter, not forgetting our wonderful team of first class tutors who deliver some of the best quality classes you’ll find across the region! Our brilliant team of tutors will be back for a jam packed summer term of classes and they are very eager to get back into the studio and teach you some brand new moves and footwork. Whether you’re a regular at our classes or are thinking of joining us for the first time, I’m sure there’s a number of things in our programme that you’ll enjoy; from our energetic Street Dance Styles class to our lunchtime Pilates and Yoga classes to give you the perfect lift during your work day, we really do have something for everyone.

Don’t forget you can still drop-in and pay-as-you-go for all of our classes, the most flexible option if you’re new to dance. For those of you who want to come along regularly, you can buy your classes in bulk and save – buy 9 or 15 classes and get 1 or 2 free! All of the information you need about our classes is in the brochure, and you can read more on our website at dancexchange.org.uk/classes, or you can always give us a call and ask any questions you might have, or just pop along and see us! We look forward to welcoming you to class very soon.

Cat Boffy Class Programme Coordinator

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Musical Dance

Modern Jazz Dance (Kids) 0121 689 3170 // www.dancexchange.org.uk/classes


At a glance // Classes timetable MONDAY

Contemporary Advanced

6.00-7.30pm

18yrs+

Various

Musical Dance

6.00-7.30pm

18yrs+

Ami Radcliffe

Street Dance Styles Beginners

6.00-7.15pm

18yrs+

Lucie Talbott

Street Dance Styles Improvers

7.30-8.45pm

18yrs+

Lucie Talbott

Ballet Advanced

7.45-9.15pm

18yrs+

Sylvia Jimenez

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TUESDAY

Dance into Fitness

11.00-12.15pm

50yrs+

Karen Kelly

Yoga

12.30-1.15pm

18yrs+

Matty Wagstaff

Ballet Improvers

6.00-7.15pm

18yrs+

Andrea Tredinnick

Contemporary Beginners

6.00-7.15pm 18yrs+

Tap Advanced

6.00-7.30pm

18yrs+

Leah Hadley

Ballet Beginners

7.30-8.45pm

18yrs+

Andrea Tredinnick

Contemporary Improvers

7.30-8.45pm 18yrs+

Argentine Tango Beginners

7.45-9.00pm

Various

Various

18yrs+ Sandra Bernard & Loyd Vidal

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WEDNESDAY

Tap Beginners

6.00-7.15pm

18yrs+

Dot Scattergood

Ballet Advanced

6.15-7.45pm

18yrs+

Jenny Murphy

Tap Improvers

7.30-8.45pm

18yrs+

Dot Scattergood

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THURSDAY

Pilates

12.30-1.15pm

18yrs+

Ruth Jacombs

Ballet Beginners

6.00-7.15pm

18yrs+

Juliana Moraes

Modern Jazz Dance Beginners

6.00-7.15pm

18yrs+

Karen Kelly

Contemporary Beginners

7.30-8.45pm 18yrs+

Modern Jazz Dance Improvers

7.30-8.45pm

18yrs+

Various Karen Kelly

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Monday 28 April – Saturday 12 July 2014

SATURDAY

Tiny Tappers

9.15-9.45am

3-6yrs

Dot Scattergood

Ballet First Steps

9.45-10.15am

3-6yrs

Leah Hadley

Tap

9.45-10.30am

7-11yrs

Dot Scattergood

Modern Jazz Dance

10.30-11.15am

7-11yrs

Karen Kelly

Tap

10.30-11.30am

12-17yrs

Ballet First Steps

10.45-11.15am

3-6yrs

Leah Hadley

Ballet Beginners

11.15-12.00pm

7-11yrs

Leah Hadley

Modern Jazz Dance First Steps 11.15-11.45am

3-6yrs

Karen Kelly

Ballet Improvers

12.00-12.45pm

7-11yrs

Leah Hadley

Modern Jazz Dance

12.00-1.00pm

12-17yrs

Karen Kelly

Street Dance Styles

12.15-1.00pm

7-11yrs

Lucie Talbott

Ballet

1.00-2.00pm

12-17yrs

Leah Hadley

Street Dance Styles

1.00-2.00pm

12-17yrs

Lucie Talbott

Contemporary

2.00-3.00pm

12-17yrs

Adam Rutherford

Bharatanatyam

3.00-4.00pm

12-17yrs

Lakshmi Srinivasan

Dot Scattergood

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Professional Classes DanceXchange in partnership with Birmingham Dance Network also offers regular classes for professional dancers and vocational dance students, led either by visiting companies or experienced dance teachers working in the West Midlands. Classes run March – June 2014. Visit dancexchange.org.uk/participate/professional-development for details.

Workplace Workout This summer DanceXchange will be working in partnership with Colmore Business District offering Street Dance and Yoga sessions to employees in the area. For further information about these classes or to find out how you could add dance into your business’s health and well-being programme, contact katie.scott@dancexchange.org.uk // 0121 689 1082. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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If something’s caught your eye in our timetable, but you’re unsure what that particular class is about or what level might suit you best, here’s a handy A-Z explanation of all our classes:

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Argentine Tango Adult Beginners Far away from ballroom tango and its preset sequence, Argentine tango is a purely improvised dance, based on a connection between a couple and the music. Our tutors will guide you through a warm up and basics of this dance style. There’s no need to bring a partner for this class. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Ballet Kids/Teens/Adults Levels Our adult ballet classes are mostly taught by current or former members of Birmingham Royal Ballet; visit our website for a full schedule of tutors. Beginners: An introduction to the basics of classical ballet, the concepts of core stability, turn-out, flexibility, posture and placement. Improvers: Introducing more complex techniques, to further develop strength and stamina. Advanced: (Pictured, left) Ideal for dance students and professional dancers looking to maintain a high standard of technique, these classes provide challenging barre and centre work. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Bharatanatyam Teens Open Level Our Bharatanatyam class for teens focuses on classic techniques of one of the most popular and widely performed South Asian dance styles. Learn the basics of this style which combines technique with expressive hand movements. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Contemporary Teens and Adults Levels Beginners: Learn the basics of contemporary dance, exploring the principles of coordination, strength, body alignment and flexibility. Improvers: Develop your technique with more challenging movements and techniques, including floor work and more difficult travelling and jumping sequences. Advanced: Aimed at 2nd/3rd year dance vocational students and professional dancers, this is a fast paced and challenging class for participants with strong technique and experience in the style. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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Modern Jazz Dance (Beginners)

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Dance into Fitness Adult Open Level In this gentle dance and exercise class, you’ll build your body awareness and challenge yourself to move in new ways. These classes are open to anyone over 50yrs, regardless of ability, mobility or experience; each dancer will learn at their own pace with guidance from the tutor. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Modern Jazz Dance Kids/Teens/Adults Levels Beginners: An introduction to the principles of jazz, and an aerobic and fun workout. Improvers: Longer sequences that will challenge your stamina and strength, and help expand your movement vocabulary. Advanced: Ideal for dance students and professional dancers looking to maintain a high standard of technique, this class demands a high level of fitness and stamina. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Musical Dance Adult Open Level Each week the tutor will guide you through a warm up to prepare your body to learn a sequence from a popular musical. A fun and energetic class, this will help to build your strength and stamina, as well as allowing you to have fun! You won’t be expected to sing in this class (although we wouldn’t mind if you wanted to!). /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Pilates A conditioning and relaxation class focusing on body alignment, posture and breathing. A great way to recharge your batteries in the middle of your work day! Please bring a small towel with you. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

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Contemporary (Advanced)

Tap (Kids)

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Street Dance Styles Kids/Teens/Adult Open Level This class covers a variety of styles each week from popping, locking, house, hip hop, waacking and the basics of breakin’. You’ll learn the foundations of each style and then progress to more advanced movement as you gain skills and confidence /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Tap Kids/Teens/Adults Levels We offer tap for dancers of all ages (from 3yrs to 103yrs!), giving you the chance to develop your rhythm and have fun whilst learning some of the moves that made Fred Astaire famous! Beginners: Learn some of the basic moves and start to develop your sense of rhythm and stamina in this fun introduction to tap. Improvers: Building on the skills you’ve learned in beginners, adding in more complex steps and longer, faster sequences. Advanced: Adding more advanced steps to longer and more complex sequences you will develop your performance skills and stamina. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Yoga This lunchtime class will develop your strength, flexibility and awareness of your own body. “Yogic sleep” at the end of class will leave you feeling de-stressed and refreshed, ready to take on the rest of your day. Please bring a small towel with you. /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

0844 338 0121 5000 689 //3170 www.dancexchange.org.uk/performance // www.dancexchange.org.uk/classes


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15 minute rule

Guide to choosing the right level for you:

To prevent injury, participants more than 15 minutes late are not allowed into class, as the warm up section will have been missed.

What to wear

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Beginners: Fun classes learning the basics, no previous experience required. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Anything comfortable that allows you to move freely. Tracksuit bottoms or leggings and a t-shirt are suitable for most classes.

Improvers: A faster-pace, for those with a basic understanding of the dance style and knowledge of technique, wanting to develop. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Please remove all jewellery before taking part to avoid injuries. Please note that for all classes we do not allow black-soled trainers or outdoor shoes in our studios because they can damage our floors.

Access We strive to make our classes as accessible as possible to participants with disabilities. Please call us to discuss any support you might need.

Choosing the right skill level To ensure we’re providing everyone involved with a quality experience, and to minimise the risk of injury, we ask that you only attend classes advertised for your age and taught at a level equivalent to your own experience.

Advanced: Technically demanding classes for those with a high level of fitness and stamina, and with significant dance experience or training. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Open Level: Classes without a specific level, such as Pilates or Musical Dance are open to all levels of experience. //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

If you’re still unsure which level is right for you, you’ll be able to attend two classes at first to make your decision.

Enquiries We’re on hand 6 days a week to help you find the right class for you or your children. Call 0121 689 3170 or send an email to info@dancexchange.org.uk

Let us know what you think! Whether you’re a new class participant or a regular attendee, we'd love to hear your class comments, suggestions and feedback! #dxclass @dancexchange //

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Street Dance Styles

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Ways to pay // Summer 2014 We’ve streamlined the ways you can pay for classes to make life simpler for everyone … You can still Pay-As-You-Go for all of our classes (our most flexible option) or you can Bulk Buy either 9 or 15 classes; getting either 1 or 2 classes for FREE (our cheapest option). /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

Argentine Tango (Adult Beginners)

Ways to pay Summer 2014

Pay-As-YouGo (PAYG)

Bulk Buy 9 Classes

Bulk Buy 15 Classes

+1 FREE!

+2 FREE!

Adult Advanced

£6.50 // £5.50 conc.

£58.50 // £49.50 conc.

£97.50 // £82.50 conc.

Open Level

£6.50 // £5.50 conc.

£58.50 // £49.50 conc.

£97.50 // £82.50 conc.

Adult Beginner/ Adult Improver

£6 // £5 conc.

£54 // £45 conc.

£90 // £75 conc.

Teens/Kids 12-17yrs/7-11yrs

£4

£36

£60

Kids under 6yrs

£3.50

£31.50

£52.50

Yoga/Pilates

£5

£45

£75

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TERMS & CONDITIONS Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and are subject to availability. Due to the popularity of some classes, it may not always be possible to allocate you a place, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Refunds will not be given for Bulk Buy purchases, and all credits are valid for 6 months from the time of purchase. We reserve the right to cancel classes and/or change tutors if necessary.


Venue hire

We’ve got some great spaces to hire here at DanceXchange, suitable for a variety of events and activities. Housed within Birmingham Hippodrome, they’re centrally located within the city centre. The Patrick Centre (pictured above) is a 206-seat multi-purpose studio theatre within Birmingham Hippodrome, perfect for many types of performances, functions and events.

We’ve also got 3 fully equipped dance studios (one of which is pictured above), ideal for classes, workshops, rehearsals and small conferences. Specifications

Specifications

All studios 12m x 12m

9m x 9m performance area (with raked seating and side wings in)

Fully sprung floors with non-slip Harlequin dance flooring

Venue size without seating approx. 12m x 24m

Full length mirrors

Fully sprung floor

Air conditioning

Full lighting and sound rig available on request

Sound equipment including CD player and MP3 options

Projection facilities Dressing rooms available on request

Male & female accessible changing facilities including showers and toilets

Costs

Costs

From £450+VAT per day (additional charges will be made for any equipment hire, technical support or staff required).

Prices starting from £30+VAT per hour (additional charges may be made for equipment hire, technical support and/or staff cover required).

Discounted rates are available for West Midlands based artists.

Discounted rates are available for West Midlands based artists.

Call DanceXchange today with your hiring enquiry on 0121 689 3170 or email info@dancexchange.org.uk 0121 689 3170 // www.dancexchange.org.uk/classes


How to find us

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DanceXchange // Birmingham Hippodrome // Thorp Street // Birmingham // B5 4TB Telephone // +44 (0)121 689 3170 Ticket Sales // 0844 338 5000 Email // info@dancexchange.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter @dancexchange Find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/DanceXchange

DanceXchange is located within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex on Hurst Street, very near the Bullring and Arcadian Centre. For dance classes or meetings with staff If you’re attending classes or meetings with the dx team you need to come to Thorp Street reception (not Stage Door) and take the lift or stairs to Level 5 where our studios and offices are located. For performances If you’re attending a performance at our studio theatre The Patrick Centre you need to enter the main entrance of Birmingham Hippodrome on Hurst Street and take the lift or stairs to Level 3.

Join our mailing list! To receive our brochure in the post and/or regular email newsletters, just send your name and postal/email address details to: info@dancexchange.org.uk And don’t forget to check out our website with even more information about how to get involved with DanceXchange!

www.dancexchange.org.uk COVER CREDITS:

Protein’s Border Tales (pages 10-11) image by Chris Nash. Bharatanatyam class image by Tim Cross.

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By train Birmingham New Street and Moor Street Stations are within easy walking distance of dx. Visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 for train times and information.

By bus The Bullring is on many major bus routes in and out of the City Centre and is just a few minutes from the Hippodrome. For local bus enquiries please get in touch with Centro on 0121 200 2700.

By car There is no DanceXchange car park but public parking is available in the surrounding areas. The nearest car park is on Thorp Street, opposite our Stage Door entrance

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DanceXchange [dx] a power house of dance A partner organisation with Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet, dx is a dance house dedicated to creating exciting opportunities for people of all walks of life to engage in dance, either as a participant, performer or audience member.

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DanceXchange // Spring / Summer 2014 brochure