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Friday Firsts showcases new work by independent choreographers and dance companies working on the small scale. Each evening has its own distinct theme, and will often be the first chance to see performances by the most promising dance makers from Yorkshire and beyond who seek to experiment, push dance as a form or find a new voice. “Providing support and platforms for my work,Yorkshire Dance has enabled me to gain beneficial experience and contacts, preparing me for the advance into industry.” Sophie Unwin,Yorkshire Dance New Associate “As a result of attending Friday Firsts we booked Taciturn dance company from Liverpool. It was great to bring them to the festival – they were fantastic and had appreciative audiences for both performances. I’m really glad it was possible – and it couldn’t have happened if Yorkshire Dance hadn’t introduced me to the company.” Kate Beard, Grassington Festival

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Friday Firsts #16



Friday 3 May, 7.30pm Admission £8.00, concessions £6.00 This mixed evening represents the next generation of dance makers – capturing moments of wit, charm, intelligence and risk. The works on offer are freshly brewed in some of Yorkshire’s Universities and Colleges: Northern School of Contemporary Dance,York St John University and Leeds Metropolitan University. Ares, Dirty Feet Dance Company Ergo, Izzie Capper Ocean, Jamaal Burkmar Boy, James Southward Alpha Male, Lewis Bramble Fierce, Jemma Broomhead and The only issue is... Christina Mackerron

DeNada Danec Theatre photo © Yorkshire Dance

Friday Firsts #14a

Double Act 2


Friday 24 May, 7.30pm Admission £8.00, concessions £6.00 Curated by Beth Cassani As an echo or a sequel to Double Act (Friday Firsts #14, March 2013) Leeds Metropolitan University Performing Arts has invited artists New Art Club and Lone Twin to lead workshops with students and independent artists, exploring the double act as a theme and a process for making new performance material. The choreographic relationship between two people sharing a space always holds comic or antagonistic potential... Double Act 2 will be an extraordinary showcase of experimental new work provoked by these two companies’ distinct ways of approaching the uneven art of the double act. The performances will include New Art Club presenting extracts of their new show, Feel About Your Body. Presented by Yorkshire Dance and Leeds Metropolitan University Performing Arts

New Art Club photo © Chris Nash

Friday Firsts #17



Friday 7 June, 7.30pm Admission £8.00, concessions £6.00 In this preview of a brand new solo performance by the doyenne of anarchic dance, Liz Aggiss becomes a cultural carrier – a conduit to channel willful women and a cultural carrion – a vulture feeding off archives and resources. She is a witty commentator on life and death, on the pain, pleasure and paradox of the stage. THE ENGLISH CHANNEL is powerful burn for the ears and eyes. In this state of chaos anything can happen, nobody can leave, everyone is present. Knock twice for yes. Using her body as the medium through which to act out and act up, Liz Aggiss reveals the tricks of her trade accompanied by visceral sound-scape and film. Breaking through, but never crossing over, THE ENGLISH CHANNEL is a reflection on life and dance; a cunning connection to the ‘other side.’ Is anybody out there? [This performance features flashing lights / images.] Choreographed and performed by Liz Aggiss Costumes by Lucy Bradridge and Liz Aggiss

Sound Design by Al Boorman / Wevie Produced by Lisa Wolfe

Production development supported by Arts Council England, Dance4, South East Dance, The Basement and Yorkshire Dance.

photo © Joe Murray

Friday Firsts #18

Show Real


Friday 5 July, 7.30pm Tickets £8.00, concessions £6.00

This evening is a showcase of work made by choreographers working with non-dancers, taking their inspiration and ideas from ‘real’ people and their communities, and bringing their performers’ experience of life to a professional stage. The evening will include an intergenerational piece by Sharon Cameron – One anothering – and a special one-off screening of Just 30!, a commission by Gary Clarke for thirty non-dancers aged 8-85, performed at Yorkshire Dance’s 30th birthday celebrations in 2012.

Just 30! rehearsal photo © Yorkshire Dance

Professional Development at Yorkshire Dance Writing for the Moving Body a MistressClass with Liz Aggiss Sat 8 Jun, 3.30pm - 6.30pm Box Office 0113 243 8765 Full price £15, Concessions £12 Members of The Collective £10 (only 20 places available) A fast tasking, rough-shod performancemaking and critical discussion three-hour session. Liz Aggiss is an un-disciplined artist with an un-disciplined body of work. Since 1980 she has been a Wild Wiggler, Grotesque Dancer, Diva, Guerrilla Dancer, Trout, Golem and Performance Lecturer. Creating her work for stage and screen, Aggiss’ interdisciplinary practice is driven by content, embodies feminist dance practices and is framed by the politics that challenge and resist the ‘authority’ of formal conventions.

This MistressClass is programmed to coincide with Friday Firsts #17: Liz Aggiss is THE ENGLISH CHANNEL Full price £8, Concessions £6 SPECIAL OFFER – DO BOTH! Full Price £20, Concessions £16 Members of The Collective £14 Call 0113 243 8765 to book NOW

Liz Aggiss photo © Joe Murray

Gary Clarke’s Lustrum a choreographic & performance project Mon 22 - Sat 27 Jul Professional dancers and choreographers are invited to take part in a new project led by award-winning choreographer and Yorkshire Dance Associate Artist Gary Clarke. Pioneered by Merseyside Dance Initiative, Lustrum brings together 15 dance artists to devise, create and showcase five dance works (a solo, a duet, a trio, a quartet and a quintet) in five days; a fast and furious collaborative project driven by creative instinct and quickfire choices. Using chance to dictate outcomes, participants will switch between the roles of choreographer and performer from day to day, experimenting with the generation of material and creation of performance work in a spontaneous, non-critical way. This vigorous 6-day project offers a unique opportunity for a team of experienced artists to meet, network, exchange ideas, enrich and develop both choreographic and performance skills and experience staging an evening of professional work in a very short time frame. Applicants must be available for the entire project. Small bursaries are available to cover costs. Recruitment will be through an application process. Download an application form at and send to by Friday 14 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 21 June.

Janusz Orlik photo Š Maria Falconer

Lustrum Showcase Sat 27 Jul, 7.30pm - 9.30pm Box Office 0113 243 8765 Tickets ÂŁ8.00 Concessions ÂŁ6.00 Showcasing the aftermath of Lustrum... five new dance works that will captivate, enthrall and excite audiences. The evening will also include work by regional artists as well as a post-show discussion forum with Gary Clarke and the Lustrum artists.

Contemporary Class with Rita Marcalo Tuesdays, 23 Apr - 16 Jul Book securely online ÂŁ6.50, concessions ÂŁ5.50 6.30pm - 8.00pm, Level D for professionals, dance students and those with advanced ability

A challenging class encouraging dancers to work against common learned dance movement patterns. 8.00pm - 9.30pm, Level B/C for people with a good basic level ability wanting to try a higher level

This class is taught on two levels to enable beginners to get acquainted with basic principles of contemporary dance, at the same time as allowing people with some experience to develop further. Both classes reflect the training background and the personal movement style of the artist, placing an emphasis on co-ordination, risk-taking, and non-linear movement.

Big Dance Pledge 2013 Following the UK’s biggest ever celebration of dance in 2012, you can keep dancing with friends and groups, at home and in the streets, in schools and workplaces with the Big Dance Pledge in 2013. The Big Dance Pledge is a 3-minute dance routine that anyone can do – regardless of age or experience. Learn the dance from the online films and rehearse with friends, colleagues or invite others to join you. Perform it along with thousands of others from wherever you like during the Pledge Performance Weekend, 17 - 20 May 2013, or at any other events you have planned. It’s completely free. 1.

Check out the routine at – watch the preview film and get people on-board


Sign up, make the Pledge! You’ll get access to the full set of films, the music track and helpful factsheets


Use the choreography to create your 3-minute performance. Make it unique to you and your group in any way you like


Choose your space and perform during the Pledge Performance Weekend, or whenever you like.

Confirm that you’ve done it by text then use the free downloadable certificates to congratulate your dancers and we’ll add you to our online roll of honour. You can help to keep Big Dance running by pledging to raise sponsorship for your group or donating by your mobile phone during your rehearsals or performance.

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The Collective: Yorkshire Dance Membership

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Join a thriving new network of dance practitioners, The Collective. For a small annual fee professionals, students and recent graduates receive a huge range of invaluable benefits. - Yorkshire Dance Bulletin - Residency scheme - Invitations to salons and social events - Advice surgeries & coaching - Free Standby Space - Discounts on CPD opportunities and performances - Your profile on the Yorkshire Dance website - Reduced-price rehearsal space - Bursaries - Platform / Scratch Night opportunities - Free equipment hire and much, much more... Visit the website for details

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Yorkshire Dance - Friday Firsts brochure, summer 2013  

Friday Firsts showcases new work by independent choreographers and dance companies working on the small scale. Each evening has its own dis...