DanceLeeds and Yorkshire Autumn 2011
the best of whatâ€™s on in
Welcome to the seventh edition of Dance in Leeds & Yorkshire, presented to you by Yorkshire Dance in partnership with all the participating venues and companies; with a hugely exciting diversity of dance on offer. With such a rich diet there’s bound to be something here for you; whether you want to sit in awe on the edge of your seat, fall off it laughing, fuel your political passions, be tickled by new ideas, are curious about different cultures or simply introduce your children – there isn’t a cityregion outside of London where you can sample this amount of talent and ideas in one season. This autumn we are specially excited about launching our Friday Firsts season of performances in our small studio (The Loft) of new work produced by independent artists on the small scale. We’re passionate about dance, and we are passionate about Leeds and Yorkshire – so do let us know what you think of this brochure through firstname.lastname@example.org For more information contact 0113 243 8765 or email@example.com 3 St Peter’s Buildings St Peter’s Square Leeds LS9 8AH
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Dance in Yorkshire 4
Barnsley The Civic
David Hughes Dance Last Orders
Halifax Victoria Theatre
ACE dance and music ICE - World Première
Halifax Square Chapel
Yorkshire Dance Friday Firsts #4
Bradford Bradford Theatres
RedCape Theatre 1 Beach Road
York Grand Opera House York
Retina Dance Company Layers of Skin
Huddersfield Lawrence Batley Theatre
Darshan Singh Bhuller Caravaggio: Exile and Death
Hull Hull Truck
Gary Clarke’s Ménage à Trois
Doncaster Doncaster Hothouse
DV8 Can We Talk About This?
West Bretton Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Dance Friday Firsts #5
Candoco Dance Company Turning 20
Arabian Dance Theatre Under the Sun
bgroup The lessening of difference
Company Chameleon Gameshow
Yorkshire Dance Friday Firsts #6
William Tuckett & Alasdair Middleton Who Is This That Comes?
Dance in Leeds 16
Yorkshire Dance Friday Firsts #3
Northern Ballet Hamlet
Mathilde Improvised Music & Dance Performance
BE Festival The Best of BE Festival
Balbir Singh Dance Company Trespass / Decreasing Infinity
Phoenix Dance Theatre Declarations
Northern Ballet Beauty & the Beast
Theatre ad Infinitum Translunar Paradise
Phoenix Dance Theatre Crossing Points
The Civic Barnsley Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ 01226 327 000, barnsleycivic.co.uk
photo © James Mulkeen
Sat 24 Sep, 7.30pm Northern Tap Company Soundz Extraordinary Assembly Room Tickets £12, concessions £10 Tap dance finds a home with this year’s launch of Northern Tap Company: a new, innovative tap company based in Yorkshire that bridges the gap between tap and other forms of dance. Katie Pearson introduces this year’s production, Soundz Extraordinary – their first ever performance at The Civic – showcasing the wide range of possibilities in tap, and performed by the finest tappers in the UK.
Sun 13 Nov, 2.30pm Springs Dance Company The Selfish Giant Assembly Room Tickets: £7 / £6 / £5 / £20 Family Tickets available: 01226 327 000 Based on the tale by Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant is an exciting, brand new collaboration of theatre and movement. A giant returns home to find children playing in his beautiful garden. He builds a high wall all around it, and puts up a sign. Nobody wants to be with the Giant except the wind, rain, and snow, and his garden remains locked in a wintery chill. But one morning, something is different... Recommended for ages 5+
For up to date listings of dance in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshiredance.com/whatson
photo © James Mulkeen
Wed 23 Nov, 7.30pm The Wayne Sables Project You Know Me Assembly Room Tickets £12, concessions £10
Sat 26 Nov, 8.00pm Demon Barber Roadshow Time Gentlemen Please! Assembly Room Tickets £16, concessions £14
You Know Me is the solo dance theatre piece of one female. Funded through G4A by Arts Council England Yorkshire, and cocommissioned by Doncaster Hot House and The Civic, Barnsley.
In 2001, The Demon Barbers – winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009 - brought together some of England’s most exciting young traditional dancers to create their high energy spectacular Roadshow.
A single female is trapped in a room deep within her past. As she explores her hidden memories, she realises she is unable to escape the familiar prison presented as her parents’ living room. In a self-perpetuated cycle, the woman tries to unearth the reason for her inability to move on in her life... The more she tries the deeper she goes...
Now take a further step, and invite three young hip-hop dancers for a night out at their local pub, ‘The Fighting Cocks’. Clog, Rapper and Morris meet B-boying, Popping and Krump in this humorous and unmissable visual feast. Think Riverdance with a false moustache, Stomp with bells on, and both sitting in the front seat of a Bugatti! 5
The Featherstonehaughs draw on the sketch books of Egon Schiele
photo © Pau Ros
Tue 15 Nov, 7.30pm Tickets £15.50, £12.50 & £10.50 with £5 concessions on all prices and a special party rate of £7.50 for 10+ Box Office: 01422 351158 www.victoriatheatre.co.uk
Join Lea Anderson’s all male contemporary dance company, The Featherstonehaughs, as they hit the road for the very last time. This final farewell tour sees the dynamic photo © Matilda Temperley re-working of their 1998 classic hit show – loaded with energy and Anderson’s iconic choreography, the six Featherstonehaughs (including Yorkshire Dance Associated Artist Gary Clarke) bring to life the tormented artistic vision of Austrian expressionist visual artist Egon Schiele. The performance features an entirely new score played live and stunning costumes by three time Oscar winning designer Sandy Powell. Don’t miss this last chance to see the company live – as after 25 years, The Featherstonehaughs say goodbye forever at the end of 2011. “Part silly, part serious and wholly wonderful” The Guardian For up to date listings of dance in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshiredance.com/whatson
SQUARE CHAPEL Centre for the Arts, Halifax www.squarechapel.co.uk Box Office 01422 349422 10 Square Road Halifax HX1 1QG
Annapurna Indian Dance
Searching for a Sacred Place Fri 11 Nov, 8.00pm Box Office 01422 349422 Tickets £11.00, concessions £9.00
Magical dancers present exquisite temple dancing complete with stunning costumes. This will be an intimate evening presented by Shantha Rao, founder of Annapurna Indian Dance, Calderdale’s only traditional Indian Dance company. Discover more about Bharatha Natyam dance and its mysteries as Shantha shares her deep passion with you - its many hand gestures, the intricate foot work, dancing barefoot wearing ankle bells, and the spiritual significance behind it all. The evening is a wonderful opportunity to listen to the trials and tribulations of her adventures as a pioneer dancer in Britain taking Indian dance all over the country for over 15 years. She will be accompanied by guest artists for this glimpse into a truly personal story.
Box Office: 01274 432000 bradford-theatres.co.uk (booking fees apply)
Burn the Floor Alhambra Theatre, Mon 31 Oct - Sat 5 Nov Eves: Mon - Sat 7.30pm, Mats: Wed 2pm & Sat 2.30pm Yorkshire Exclusive! From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa steamed up the stage, Burn the Floor takes you on a journey through the passionate drama of dance.
Tickets: £17.50 - £32.50 Concessions, Group & School offers available
photo © Jason Tozer
The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doble – you will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep and Swing. Burn the Floor – it’s Ballroom. Reinvented. Video: http://youtu.be/L1bamKAL_9I
Northern Ballet The Nutcracker Alhambra Theatre,Tue 8 – Sat 12 Nov Eves: Tues - Sat 7.30pm, Mats: Thu 2pm & Sat 2.30pm Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker brings to life everyone’s favourite Christmas story. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all. “A Christmas cracker by a star Company” Sunday Express
Audio Described perf: Sat 12 Nov 2.30pm Touch Tour: Sat 12 Nov 10.30am followed by workshop Free post-performance Talk: Tue 8 Nov with members of the company, free to all ticket holders.
“A charming show” The Mail on Sunday Tickets: £11 - £30 Concessions, Group & School offers available Video: http://youtu.be/Jm_zDhnTmCo Video: http://youtu.be/yBpOHwuO5UY
For up to date listings of dance in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshiredance.com/whatson
Rambert Dance Company Seven for a Secret...Tour 2011 Alhambra Theatre Wed 23 - Sat 25 Nov, 7.30pm Video: http://youtu.be/u27vTLa9Sp4
photo © Eric Richmond & Joe Swift
In 2011, Rambert Dance Company celebrates 85 years at the heart of British dance, and returns to Bradford for the first time in almost two decades with a breathtaking new programme of three diverse dance experiences... Artistic Director Mark Baldwin’s magical and playful new work, Seven for a secret, never to be told, features beautiful and enchanting music by Ravel / McNeff, and is complemented by a rare chance to see the romantic Roses by American dance icon, Paul Taylor. Plus don’t miss Itzik Galili’s multicoloured and sensational sambainspired A Linha Curva, wowing audiences wherever it is seen.
No two performances from Rambert are ever the same, with a constantly changing repertoire and 22 of the world’s finest and most versatile dancers. All three works feature music played live by the Rambert Orchestra, adding a thrilling new dimension to each performance. “Rambert… remain a beacon of superior skill and unwavering integrity” Yorkshire Evening Post “What a fabulous way to spend an evening... one of the most talented groups of dancers in Britain today” The Sunday Express Tickets: £14.50 - £23.00 Concessions, Group & School offers available Signed perf: Wed 23 Nov, 7.30pm Post–performance talk: Wed 23 Nov, led by Rambert’s Artistic Director Mark Baldwin. Free to ticket holders.
The Demon Barber Roadshow Time Gentlemen Please! Sun 18 Sep The Demon Barbers, winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, invite three young hip hop dancers for a night out at their local pub ‘The Fighting Cocks’. Guaranteed to do for traditional English dance what Riverdance did for Irish traditions, Time Gentlemen Please! brings together some of the best young traditional folk and street dancers in the country to produce a high energy show merging traditional and modern dance. Fast, fun and furious.
Vienna Festival Ballet The Nutcracker Tue 25 Oct
Essence of Ireland Sun 13 Nov 5 Star Irish Magic!
Audiences have the opportunity to catch one of Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballets when the highly acclaimed Vienna Festival Ballet company returns to York.
The spectacular Essence of Ireland is back with their new show, and it’s bigger and better than ever!
The enchanting tale of The Nutcracker is one of the best-loved ballets and centres around Clara and her nutcracker doll, which magically transforms into a princely soldier. Their adventures see them combat the Mouse King and join the Sugar Plum Fairy for a wonderful trip to a Kingdom made entirely of sweets.
Now with their biggest and most talented cast of dancers, singers, and musicians, Essence of Ireland combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music, and a touch of Irish craic. “If you liked Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, and Spirit of the Dance, you will love this show, because it’s even better!” Southampton Echo
Box Office 0844 871 3024 www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk Cumberland Street,York YO1 9SW
For up to date listings of dance in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshiredance.com/whatson
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Tue 18 Oct, 7.30pm Phoenix Dance Theatre Reflected Tickets £14, £12, £10 / concessions £2 off
Tue 15 Nov, 7.30pm Earthfall Dance At Swim Two Boys Tickets £14, £12, £10 / concessions £2 off
Following last year’s critically acclaimed Declarations, internationally renowned contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre return to Huddersfield with their latest diverse mixed programme, Reflected.
Danced entirely in water, and set against the backdrop of the Easter Rising in Ireland, this is a tender and beautiful award-winning production.
Marking three decades of outstanding dance by the company, the bill opens with Richard Wherlock’s stylish, sensual and vibrant Switch. Melt, by Artistic Director Sharon Watson, features an innovative blend of aerial dance and contemporary choreography whilst Philip Taylor’s What It Is is a sultry, playful take on love and sexuality set to a mesmerising Amy Winehouse soundtrack. There is also a welcome return for audience favourite Pave Up Paradise, Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer’s sexy but tongue in cheek re-telling of the story of Adam and Eve.
Spring, 1915. Jim Mack and ‘the Doyler’, two Dublin boys, make a pact to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter. By the time they do, Dublin has been consumed by the Easter Uprising, and the boys’ friendship has blossomed into love – a love that will, in time, be overtaken by tragedy. Powerful, emotionally charged theatre that embraces movement, music and visual imagery on a slowly flooding stage. BOX OFFICE 01484 430528 ONLINE www.thelbt.org Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2SP 11
Hull Truck Theatre 50 Ferensway Hull HU2 8LB Box Office 01482 323638 www.hulltruck.co.uk
Tue 15 Nov Phoenix Dance Theatre Reflected Tickets: £15 (£10 concessions) Box office: 01482 323638 Works by Lost Dog, Philip Taylor, Sharon Watson and Richard Wherlock Following 2010’s sold out Declarations, Phoenix Dance Theatre return to Hull Truck with their latest exciting mixed programme Reflected. Featuring breath-taking aerial dance in Melt, an intriguing love triangle set to a mesmerising Amy Winehouse soundtrack in What It Is, the colourful and vibrant Switch and the return of the funny but tender Pave Up Paradise, Reflected has something for every fan of dance to enjoy.
The Times Yorkshire Post
“Everyone should see this company.” Dance Europe, December 2010
photo © Simon & Simon, design Uber
For up to date listings of dance in Yorkshire visit www.yorkshiredance.com/whatson
www.doncasterhothouse.co.uk photo © James Mulkeen
Sat 22 Oct Springs Dance Company The Selfish Giant
Thu 3 Nov Wayne Sables Project You Know Me!
Based on the tale by Oscar Wilde, The Selfish Giant is an exciting, brand new collaboration of theatre and movement. A giant returns home to find children playing in his beautiful garden. He builds a high wall all around it, and puts up a sign. Nobody wants to be with the Giant except the wind, rain, and snow, and his garden remains locked in a wintery chill. But one morning, something is different... Recommended for ages 5+
You Know Me - a solo dance theatre piece. Funded through G4A by Arts Council England and co-commissioned by Doncaster HotHouse and The Civic, Barnsley.
£8 / £6 conc. / £24 family of 4
Doncaster Civic Theatre 01302 342349 www.doncastercivic.co.uk
A single female is trapped in a room deep within her past. As she explores her hidden memories, she realises she is unable to escape the familiar prison presented as her parents’ living room. In a self-perpetuated cycle, the woman tries to unearth the reason for her inability to move on in her life... The more she tries the deeper she goes... £10 / £8 conc. / £6 12-18 years
photo © Hugo Glendinning
Angela Woodhouse & Caroline Broadhead present
Between Yorkshire Sculpture Park Fri 25 – Sun 27 Nov The Chapel, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, WF4 4LG Friday: 1.30pm, 2.15pm & 3.00pm Saturday & Sunday: 12.30pm, 1.15pm & 2.00pm Booking on 01924 830579, admission free (limited capacity)
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The dancer approaches and embeds herself within her audience, her arm covered loosely with gold leaf seemingly diseasing the skin. She claims attention. The gold is displaced, passed on, pressed into the skin – a kind of burn. Meanwhile, in the distance another performer is preoccupied in her private space, absorbed in subtle gestures in preparation for what is to come... photo © Hugo Glendinning
“The shedding of skins. Of giving and receiving.The contemplation of exchange, of boldness and listening to invitations. Gentle, direct and deeply moving. The sheer pleasure of uncertainty, of clarity and quietness. Compelling.” Audience response Between 2011
Angela Woodhouse and Jerwood award winning artist Caroline Broadhead once again bring you an intriguing and beautiful performance installation Between, which sets visual gems against intimate exchanges. The work is made in collaboration with exceptional performers Stine Nilsen (Co-Artistic Director, Candoco Dance Co), David McCormick (Lloyd Newson, Wayne McGregor, Richard Alston & Siobhan Davies Dance Company) and Martina Conti (Firenza Guidi). Through this unique project the artists drive innovation in what it is to experience dance performance. Angela and Caroline’s combined interests explore detail and intimacy and, through the interplay of movement, materials and light, they generate highly charged and atmospheric audience experiences. Significant works such as Court (2003-6) have been followed by recent profiled commissions including Sighted (produced by The Place and commissioned by Royal Opera House Deloitte Ignite 2009) and The Maven commission 2010 for Woking Dance Festival in collaboration with Tate Artist Rooms (Jenny Holzer). Limited capacity – early booking recommended.
Friday Firsts in The Loft #3
Rough Cut ___________________________________ Yorkshire Dance Fri 2 Sep
Genevieve Say photo ÂŠ Joel Fildes
CONTEMPORARY Friday Firsts in the Loft #3 Rough Cut an insight into the making and shaping of new dance Yorkshire Dance Fri 2 Sep, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 243 8765 www.yorkshiredance.com Tickets FREE A rare glimpse into the creative process: experienced dance artists present excerpts of work in progress. Your chance to be there at â€˜the early stages of birthâ€™ and talk to leading artists such as Simon Birch, Beth Cassani, Genevieve Say and Douglas Thorpe about their latest work in development. Throughout the evening there will be opportunities to discuss with the artists and with the rest of the audience the ideas and processes which are shaping these works. Friday Firsts was launched in Spring 2011 to showcase the very best new work by independent choreographers and dance companies working on the small scale. Each evening has its own distinct theme, and often the first chance to see performances by the most promising dance makers from Yorkshire and beyond. See pages 34, 46 & 56
Hamlet ___________________________________ West Yorkshire Playhouse Fri 9 - Sat 17 Sep
photo ÂŠ Jason Tozer; Tobias Batley as Hamlet / ÂŠ Dee Conway; Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Hamlet and Georgina May as Ophelia
Northern Ballet Hamlet West Yorkshire Playhouse Fri 9 - Sat 17 Sep, 7.15pm with Saturday matinées (10 & 17 Sep) 2.30pm Box Office 0113 213 7700 Book securely online www.wyp.org.uk Tickets (A) £30.00 / (B) £25.00 / (C) £20.00, Discounts £3.00 off in A & B Matinées £20.00, schools £11.00 How would you feel if you arrived home to find everything you had ever known and loved destroyed? Surrounded by the terrifying events of the Nazi occupation of Paris, and witness to the depths to which man can descend, Hamlet finds himself drawn into a world he can no longer make sense of and surrounded by people he can no longer trust. Masters of dramatic dancemaking, Northern Ballet use powerful dance, gripping theatre and stirring live music to draw you deeper into Shakespeare’s famous tragedy than you’ve ever been before. Age guidance 12+ contains scenes of sex and violence. ld Theatre, Sheffie also at Lyceum p Se 24 t Sa Tue 20 eatres.co.uk www.sheffieldth
Improvised Music & Dance Performance ___________________________________ Seven Artspace Fri 16 Sep
photos ÂŠ Daliah TourĂŠ
CONTEMPORARY Mathilde Improvised Music & Dance Performance Seven Artspace Fri 16 Sep, 8.00pm Box Office 0113 262 6777 Tickets £6.00, concessions £5.00 Dancers and musicians navigate the physical and sonic space, exploring the boundaries of each others’ realms and giving way to enchanting spontaneous interactions that draw you in and carry you with them on the journey. The performers each bring their unique skills, presence and personalities, whilst sharing a common interest in creating a spontaneously composed performance which is intricate, human and communicative. “We booked Mathilde for the Rotherham Open Arts Festival and have to say we were blown away by their performance. Sensitive, imaginative and thoughtful; it was utterly gripping.” Steve Rogers, Artistic Director, Open Minds Theatre Company
BE Festival presents
The Best of BE Festival ___________________________________ The Carriageworks Sat 17 Sep
photos ÂŠ Cody Bratt and Matt Nuzzaco
PHYSICAL THEATRE BE Festival presents The Best of BE Festival The Carriageworks Sat 17 Sep, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 224 3801 Tickets £11.50 / £9.50, concessions £2.00 off Award-winning theatre from across the continent. BE Festival is Birmingham’s new international theatre festival, bringing together the most daring and delightful performances from across Europe. Best of BE Festival offers the chance to see three awardwinning favourites from the 2011 programme. Each show is 30 minutes long, and can be enjoyed and understood by speakers of all languages. This triple bill is complimented by lively discussion, delicious food, and a celebratory atmosphere. This is a unique opportunity to see work that has never toured the UK before, so BE part of it!
Balbir Singh Dance Company
Trespass / Decreasing Infinity ____________________________________ stage@leeds Thu 22 Sep
Balbir Singh Dance Company Trespass / Decreasing Infinity stage@leeds at University of Leeds Thu 22 Sep, 7.00pm Box Office 0113 343 8730 Book securely online www.stage.leeds.ac.uk Tickets £10.50, concessions £8.50 Balbir Singh Dance Company creates captivating and dynamic dance through a synthesis of north Indian classical Kathak, live music and contemporary dance. In Trespass the boundaries of Kathak and contemporary dance are broken down and rebuilt in an exploration of invasion through live music and dance. Dancers and musicians intrude on each other’s territory, colliding and collaborating in beautiful combinations. Decreasing Infinity draws on both Kathak and contemporary dance. Starting in their purest forms, seen through abstract mirrors, the mutual attraction of two distinct dance forms brings them to a collision in which both cease to exist; rather, something new is formed.
Phoenix Dance Theatre
Declarations ___________________________________ Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Thu 22 - Sat 24 Sep
photo ÂŠ HANSON
Phoenix Dance Theatre Declarations Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at Phoenix Dance Theatre Thu 22 - Sat 24 Sep, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 220 8008 Book securely online www.phoenixdancetheatre.co.uk Tickets £12.50, concessions £10.00 Phoenix Dance Theatre celebrate three decades of outstanding dance with three very special performances of Declarations in the company’s state of the art new building. Declarations toured the UK in autumn 2010 to critical acclaim, but these performances at Phoenix’s own intimate theatre will be the only chance to see this eclectic bill in the company’s home city. Declarations is a perfect example of the diverse mixed programmes Phoenix is famed for. With a live microphone at its heart, Aletta Collins’ Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe blends movement and voices to create a fresh, witty piece of dance, whilst Isira Makuloluwe’s Locked in Vertical sees dancers coil and turn their way through a breathtakingly fluid work. Inspired by the words of Barack Obama, Warren Adams’ The Audacious One is packed with tense, political intrigue, and the bill is completed by a welcome return to the stage for Philip Taylor’s poignant and atmospheric Haunted Passages. Recommended age: 8+
Theatre ad Infinitum
Translunar Paradise ___________________________________ The Carriageworks Fri 23 Sep
PHYSICAL THEATRE Theatre ad Infinitum Translunar Paradise The Carriageworks Fri 23 Sep, 7.45pm Box Office 0113 224 3801 Tickets £9.00, concessions £7.00 Translunar Paradise… a place where time stands still Stage Award winner (2009) and Total Theatre Award Nominee (2010), Theatre Ad Infinitum invites you on a journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. Winner: The BE Festival Development Award “Ad Infinitum have moved to the front of the pack” The Guardian “Excellent... something special” Observer “Utterly stunning” What’s On Stage (5 Stars)
David Hughes Dance
Last Orders ___________________________________ The Carriageworks Tue 27 Sep
photos ÂŠ Alberto Santos Bellido
David Hughes Dance Last Orders The Carriageworks Tue 27 Sep, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 224 3801 Tickets £13.50 / £11.50, concessions £2.00 off Special Offer: all tickets £6 for Emerge wristband holders 2011 You are invited to an endless party – an ecstatic celebration teetering on the brink of nightmare… David Hughes Dance are once again joining forces with Al Seed to bring you Last Orders, the stunning follow-up to 2009's award-winning The Red Room. Inspired by legendary 16th century Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean, this original and enthralling piece of dance theatre will lead you on a hallucinatory journey down the rabbit-hole through subterranean caves and derelict nightclubs where nothing is quite what it seems. David Hughes is one of the UK's most acclaimed dancers, having worked with DV8 Physical Theatre, Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance Theatre and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Al Seed is Artistic Director of Conflux and Creative Associate of The Arches, Glasgow. Contains adult themes and strobe lighting. Recommended for age 14+ Produced in association with the National Theatre of Scotland. Supported by Creative Scotland and Made In Scotland 2011.
ACE dance and music
ICE – World Première ___________________________________ The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 1 Oct
photos © Brian Slater
CONTEMPORARY ACE dance and music ICE – World Première The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 1 Oct, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 219 3018 Tickets £10.00, concessions £6.00 Six quicksilver dancers: movement, music, film and light. ICE has been co-produced by Artistic Director Gail Parmel and Japanese choreographer Akiko Kitamura and will explore how technology infiltrates our daily lives, set in a clinical white space with powerful visual projections, fast paced streams of movement and bodies frozen in time. As the performance starts and the temperature drops to freezing point, ICE allows us to preserve the moment, and dream together of how the future might be. As the thaw comes, do we cross over and become something else? Or are we forever crystalised. Is this our future? Be touched and amazed. ICE is raw, vibrant and full of expression. With cutting-edge Japanese style, precise timing, strength, control and fierce execution. Music and dance to elevate the soul.
Friday Firsts in The Loft #4
Bish Bash Bosh ___________________________________ Yorkshire Dance Fri 7 Oct
photo ÂŠ Gavin Joynt, by kind permission Douglas Thorpe
CONTEMPORARY Friday Firsts in The Loft #4 Bish Bash Bosh a most unpredictable evening of dance... and more... Yorkshire Dance Fri 7 Oct, 7.30pm (doors open 6.00pm) Box Office 0113 243 8765 www.yorkshiredance.com Tickets FREE As part of Light Night Leeds, Bish Bash Bosh sees every corner of Yorkshire Dance taken over by artists with the desire to entertain, experiment & engage. This evening is a blend of eccentric dance, theatre, music & film accompanied with a fun atmosphere and bar service. Come expecting the unexpected because anything goes! See pages 16, 46 & 56
1 Beach Road ____________________________________ The Carriageworks Sat 8 Oct
RedCape Theatre 1 Beach Road The Carriageworks Sat 8 Oct, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 224 3801 Tickets £13.50 / £11.50, concessions £2.00 off Special Offer: all tickets £6 for Emerge wristband holders 2011 A tale of defiance, a shrinking island, synchronized swimming and trying to turn back the tide. With the inexorable encroachment of the shoreline, the sea swallows a row of bungalows, the road, the garage, and eats its way to the back door of No 1 Beach Road. But the inhabitants refuse to budge, and Victoria and Jane are left standing at the edge of a precipice. RedCape (the company that brought you The Idiot Colony) is committed to telling true stories that matter, move and entertain. Audiences and critics nationwide have acclaimed their unique visual storytelling, sense of humour and original writing. “affecting physical theatre” The Times
Retina Dance Company
Layers of Skin ___________________________________ The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 15 Oct
photo ÂŠ Chris Nash
Retina Dance Company Layers of Skin The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 15 Oct, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 219 3018 Tickets £10.00, concessions £6.00 Layers of Skin is a multilayered performance with bold choreography by Belgian/English choreographer Filip Van Huffel and his inspirationally fearless Retina Dance Company. Layers of Skin starts from the idea of hiding. The three layers of our skin that hide our bones, organs and muscles also hide who we are and what we think and desire. Retina Dance Company shed their layers to expose a full-bodied, fast-paced, and stimulating production. The six exhilarating performers, joined onstage by members of Yorkshire Young Dancers, execute the quirky intricacies of Van Huffel’s vigorous choreography with raw vitality. A dynamic production that takes its audience on a journey, stripping away the layers, to discover the dancers’ internal motivations, expressed through Retina’s powerful and expressive movement style.
Darshan Singh Bhuller
Caravaggio: Exile and Death ____________________________________ The Carriageworks Sat 15 Oct
photos ÂŠ Sean Michael
Darshan Singh Bhuller Caravaggio: Exile and Death The Carriageworks Sat 15 Oct, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 224 3801 Tickets £13.50, concessions £11.50 Special Offer: all tickets £6 for Emerge wristband holders 2011 Darshan Singh Bhuller presents Caravaggio: Exile and Death; dance theatre inspired by the life and work of the 17th century master painter, Caravaggio. Caravaggio: Exile and Death takes the audience on a journey of a man’s search for forgiveness and redemption after a life fascinated with youth and sexuality, violence, solitude and love. Scarred by imprisonment and the Catholic Church’s dismissal of his works, Caravaggio lived a painful and dramatic life. Combining highly physical choreography with stunning projections and a beautiful soundtrack, Darshan has created a show that tells the tempestuous story of Caravaggio’s life and art. “He’s been here before, and thank God for that. Brave, heartfelt and far from subtle, he takes on some of the most difficult and divisive ills in our society and turns them into vivid agit-pop art.” The Times “Bhuller’s approach is sufficiently oblique and inventive as to make what you feel about the violence greater than what he actually shows.” The Independent
Ménage à Trois ____________________________________ stage@leeds Fri 28 Oct
photo © Matthew Ford
Gary Clarke’s Ménage à Trois stage@leeds, University of Leeds Fri 28 Oct, 7.30pm with post-show discussion Box Office 0113 343 8730 Tickets £10.00, concessions £8.00
Ménage à Trois 2011 is co-produced by Yorkshire Dance & Danceworks UK with additional support from stage@leeds and Arts Council England through the National Lottery scheme, Grants for the Arts.
A tantalising, lip-smacking triple bill of deliciously camp contemporary dance. “Brash, brutal and incredibly funny!” (Metro) Bagofti is a dark and captivating world of beauty and the grotesque that delves deep into the bold, austere and expressive art of iconic painter Francis Bacon. Part dance, part sculpture, this powerful solo is a mesmerising display of sheer physicality in response to the life and art works of one of the greatest 20th century artists. 2 Men & a Michael is a typically British, deadpan send-up of standup comedy via the antics of Gilbert & George and Morecambe & Wise. Dressed to kill, two idiots are locked in a constant loop of foolish shenanigans and thoughtless nonsense. Quirky, sharp, and incredibly funny. Horsemeat is a bold, brash and amusingly honest portrait of the gritty realities surrounding gay love, family life, sexuality and the pains of growing up, plunging us head-first into a nightmarish playground of frantic movements and thriving gestures. Soundtracked by the camp beats of 90’s disco and created in collaboration with dance mavericks Javier De Frutos and Nigel Charnock, Horsemeat is thought provoking, intimate and powerfully engaging. And finally, Jo and Lydia are your hosts for the evening, a couple of eccentric lounge lizards and wannabe drag queens who will join you in the interval for frolics, Sambuca and dancing in the bar.
Can We Talk About This? ____________________________________ West Yorkshire Playhouse Thu 3 - Sat 5 Nov
photo ÂŠ Stephen Berkeley-White, performers Hannes Langolf and Ira Mandela Siobhan
DV8 Can We Talk About This? West Yorkshire Playhouse Thu 3 - Sat 5 Nov, 7.30pm Matinée Sat 5 Nov, 2.00pm Box Office 0113 213 7700 Book securely online www.wyp.org.uk Pricing – (A) £30.00, (B) £25.00 Discounts £3 off in A & B,Thu & Friday Matinée £20.00 Lloyd Newson’s latest work, Can We Talk About This? deals with freedom of speech, censorship and Islam. The production premiered in August 2011 at Sydney Opera House, before an international tour. From the 1989 book burnings of Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, to the murder of filmmaker Theo Van Gogh and the controversy of the ‘Muhammad cartoons’ in 2005, DV8’s production will examine how these events have reflected and influenced multicultural policies, press freedom and artistic censorship. In the follow up to the critically acclaimed To Be Straight With You, this documentary-style dance-theatre production will use reallife interviews and archive footage. Contributors include a number of high profile writers, campaigners and politicians. “The liberal fear of giving offence has simply made it easier to take offence.” Kenan Malik, author of From Fatwa to Jihad “It is very, very easy not to be offended by a book. You just have to shut it..” Salman Rushdie
Friday Firsts in The Loft #5
Live Bites ___________________________________ Yorkshire Dance Fri 4 Nov
photo ÂŠ Taciturn
CONTEMPORARY Friday Firsts in The Loft #5 Live Bites the freshest new dance from around the UK Yorkshire Dance Fri 4 Nov, 7.30pm with pre-show studio performances from 7.00pm Box Office 0113 243 8765 Book securely online www.yorkshiredance.com Tickets ÂŁ8.00, concessions ÂŁ6.00 Building on the success of last year this regional showcase features some of best new work produced by artists working with South East Dance (Brighton), Dance Base (Edinburgh), Dance City (Newcastle), Merseyside Dance Initiative and Yorkshire Dance. Featuring Gary Clarke, Taciturn, Lila Dance, Anthony Lo-Giudice & Rosalind Masson. The performance will be followed by a post show discussion. See pages 16, 34 & 56
Candoco Dance Company
Turning 20 â€“ Anniversary Programme ___________________________________ The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 5 Nov
photos ÂŠ Hugo Glendinning
Candoco Dance Company Turning 20 – Anniversary Programme The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 5 Nov, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 219 3018 Tickets £10.00, concessions £6.00 Candoco Dance Company, the company of disabled and non disabled dancers, is celebrating 20 years of bold and unexpected dance works. From 1983, the iconic Set and Reset by Trisha Brown is brought back to life. Using the original concepts from Brown’s playful choreography, Laurie Anderson’s contagious score and Robert Rauschenberg’s beautiful designs, Candoco presents a new version of this audience favourite. Confronting us with the present is Rachid Ouramdane, a French choreographer at the forefront of Europe’s new generation of conceptual dance-thinkers and performers. His new creation for Candoco reveals private portraits of life in an atmospheric, visually striking work. Rounding off the programme is Matthias Sperling’s lighthearted solo, an intimate encounter with one of Candoco’s dancers, showing us what the future might hold. For ages 8+
Arabian Dance Theatre
Under the Sun ___________________________________ Seven Artspace Fri 11 Nov
ARABIC Arabian Dance Theatre Under the Sun Seven Artspace Fri 11 Nov, 8.00pm Box Office 0113 262 6777 Tickets £6.00, concessions £5.00 Under the Sun is a modern take on the historic art of Bedouin storytelling. A story within a story, told through an emotional journey of dance. Under the Sun explores the conflict between traditional and contemporary culture in modern Egypt. The story is told through the eyes of a Bedouin girl, who discovers her talent to dance and her destiny to explore Cairo. Aisha was brought up in the Sinai desert, living life under the sun with her bedouin tribe. One day her simple and peaceful life was suddenly turned upside-down with a vivid dream - a dream that would challenge her traditional values and give her the desire to leave her rural life and head for the big city - Cairo. Travelling to Cairo brings Aisha unexpected adventures. The show presents a synergy of Arabic roots and folk movement with contemporary dance. Expect to see Bedouin, Arabic Folk, Oriental and Modern Arabic dance all in one show. Under the Sun will be Arabian Dance Theatre’s most exciting show yet.
The lessening of difference ___________________________________ The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 19 Nov
photos ÂŠ Chris Nash
CONTEMPORARY bgroup The lessening of difference The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 19 Nov, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 219 3018 Tickets £10.00, concessions £6.00 Eye to Body, Eye to Eye,Voice to Voice, Hand to Hand, Arm to Shoulder, Arm to Waist, Mouth to Mouth, Hand to Head, Hand to Body, Mouth to Breast... Human beings have a universal need to belong and to love. The lessening of difference reflects upon the concept of intimacy. Award-winning choreographer Ben Wright (South East Dance Associate Artist) collaborates with author David Charles Manners (In the Shadow of Crows) to create the most ambitious work to date for his inspirational and distinctive company, bgroup. Exceptional production values and stirring emotional aesthetics combine to create this stunning new piece of dance-theatre. A range of stimulating imagery, from the personal and particular to the universal, ignite dynamic and inventive connections between the audience and the performers. With an electrifying sound design and sumptuous lighting, Wright and his quartet of exceptional dancers invite you to dream and join them in snowfall… For ages 15+
Gameshow ___________________________________ The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 26 Nov
photo ÂŠ Brian Slater
CONTEMPORARY Company Chameleon Gameshow The Riley Theatre at Northern School of Contemporary Dance Sat 26 Nov, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 219 3018 Tickets ÂŁ10.00, concessions ÂŁ6.00 Prizes up for grabs; power, money, fame, celebrity, cult following. A story of desire, seduction and manipulation, what will be won and what will be sacrificed? Gameshow is the first full evening work for Company Chameleon, the Manchester-based dance theatre company directed by NSCD graduates Anthony Missen and Kevin Turner. Contestants take their chances running the gauntlet against the host, J.O.Z, the personification of excess itself. Packed with physical and mental challenges, from the sublime to the wholly absurd, Anthony and Kevin invite the audience to spectate the gameshow and pass their own judgement.
Friday Firsts in The Loft #6
Where’s the Choreography? ___________________________________
Yorkshire Dance Fri 2 Dec
Still from Hannah © Sergio Cruz
Friday Firsts in the Loft #6 Where’s the Choreography? a dance film night curated by filmmaker Andy Wood Yorkshire Dance Fri 2 Dec, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 243 8765 Book securely online www.yorkshiredance.com Tickets £5.00 Some of the short films in this screening focus on people dancing and could be called ‘dance films’. Some of them do not, yet they still have a compelling sense of choreography about them. From Sergio Cruz’s Hannah to Tim Hetherington’s Diary, this collection explores how far you can push the Screendance category and proposes some less than obvious candidates for the genre. The programme includes Gideon Obarzanek & Edwina Throsby’s Dance Like Your Old Man, in which six women talk about their dads dancing: an irreverent, hilarious and touching film about girls’ relationships with their fathers. There will be a post screening talk about the films in the bar. With thanks to South East Dance. See pages 16, 34 & 46
William Tuckett & Alasdair Middleton
Who Is This That Comes? ___________________________________ Howard Assembly Room Wed 14 Dec
photo ÂŠ iStockphoto
CONTEMPORARY William Tuckett & Alasdair Middleton Who Is This That Comes? A Ghost Story for Christmas Howard Assembly Room Wed 14 Dec, 7.45pm Box Office 0844 848 2727 Book securely online www.howardassemblyroom.co.uk Tickets £10.00 Experience the scariest Christmas around when the terrifying ghost stories of M. R. James come to new life. Combining drama, music and dance, acclaimed director / choreographer William Tuckett and writer Alasdair Middleton create a festive evening of incomparably spine-chilling ghost stories including Lost Hearts, An Experiment,There Was a Man Who Lived By A Churchyard and Whistle and I’ll Come to You, My Lad. Sit on the edge of your seat and don’t look behind you!
Beauty & the Beast ____________________________________ Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 17 - Sat 31 Dec
photos ÂŠ Jason Tozer; Martha Leebolt as Beauty and Ashley Dixon as the Beast
BALLET Northern Ballet Beauty & the Beast Leeds Grand Theatre Sat 17 - Sat 31 Dec Evenings 7.00pm (excl 18, 24, 25, 31 Dec) Sun 18 Dec 4pm, Wed, Thu, Fri (30 only) and Sat matinées 2pm Box Office 0844 848 2701 Book securely online www.leedsgrandtheatre.com Tickets £10.00 - £39.50 Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Northern Ballet at Leeds Grand Theatre and this year they continue this tradition with a new production of Beauty & the Beast. This enchanting adaptation of the classic fairytale follows the success of A Christmas Carol, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker as a must-see Christmas treat for the whole family. Accompanied by an infectious score, including music by Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Northern Ballet will bring their irresistible magic to this delightful new production. Book now for the best Christmas show in Yorkshire.
Phoenix Dance Theatre
Crossing Points - World Première ___________________________________ West Yorkshire Playhouse Wed 1 - Sat 4 Feb 2012
Signal photo © Chris Nash / Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe photo © Brian Slater
Phoenix Dance Theatre Crossing Points - World Première West Yorkshire Playhouse Wed 1 - Sat 4 Feb 2012, 7.30pm Box Office 0113 213 7700 Book securely online www.wyp.org.uk Pricing - (A) £27.00, (B) £22.00, (C) £17.00 Discounts £3 off in A & B, Wed to Fri Schools £11.00 Following the success of 2011’s Reflected, Phoenix Dance Theatre returns to the Playhouse with the company’s latest exhilarating mixed programme, featuring the world premieres of two contrasting dance works. Inspired by Magritte’s iconic painting The Son of Man, Catch, by Ana Luján Sánchez is a powerful piece set to an evocative new score by Borut Krlisnik. The second new work is the latest creation by Kwesi Johnson, Artistic Director of Company Malakhi, a choreographer famed for blending contemporary, hip-hop, breakdancing and parkour to create unique, inspiring physical theatre. This exciting programme also features the return of Henri Oguike’s unflinching Signal and the hilarious modern Phoenix classic Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe by Aletta Collins.
New Art Club Big Bag of Boom Wed 19 Oct, 7.30pm Foundry, University of Sheffield Students’ Union Tickets £10, concessions £7
Gary Clarke Bagofti Sat 29 Oct, 12.00 noon & 3.00pm Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Tickets free
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