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NSCD's Access to Higher Education Diploma is recognised nationally for preparing dance artists to undertake further in depth professional training. This year's diverse group of talented and energetic dancers is definitely one to watch. The end of year performance includes original choreography by the students created as part of their programme of study.
A fusion of contemporary and traditional African Caribbean forms, from dancers, drummers and international artists of all ages. Featuring Impulse, Birmingham's own adults' community performance group, Jamo Jamo Arts providing live African drumming and dance from Senegal, ACE Youth Dance Academy and Untold Dance Company from Amsterdam.
To celebrate 20 years of creating and touring dance shows, ACE have reunited with choreographer Jose Agundo to make an extraordinary new piece - TEN. At a time when more and more people across the world find themselves leaving their own lands, ideas of home and belonging are changing. Full of both intense physical power and very human fragility, TEN explores the concepts of moving away and leaving, looking at how and why people choose previously unimagined destinies over the lives they'd always thought they'd live.
The Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) is part of a national intensive programme for 11-17 year olds who display exceptional potential and passion for dance. NSCD's CAT come together to showcase some of the brightest young dance talent in Yorkshire. Students will perform work created by some of the UK's most exciting choreographers and dance artists.
EDge is the Postgraduate Performance Company of London Contemporary Dance School. The company is made up of dancers on the cusp of their professional careers.
EDge invites you to go beyond the expected and stimulate your mind with an evening of bold performances. 14 exceptional dancers perform unusual work by a collection of new and award-winning choreographers. Three freshly created works by Tony Adigun, Patricia Okenwa, Karen and Allen Kaeja appear alongside Strange Blooms, a restaging of the Shobana Jeyasingh creation that explores the anatomy of plant cells under a microscope. Prepare to question your expectations.
A breath-taking new show from the talented young cast of dancers from ElliTe Studios. Nearly 200 students of all ages will entertain and excite with a unique and original mini-Ballet production, alongside jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, musical theatre and acrobatic works. This fast-paced glittering showcase of aspiring local stars will pack a punch for all tastes and be sure to get you toe-tapping in the aisles.
Once again we say goodbye to our graduating cohort at the end of their challenging three year contemporary dance training at NSCD. This promises to be an evening of vibrant and inspiring dance including original work created by students and a range of visiting dance artists including professional choreographers Kerry Nicholls, Jos Baker and Joan Cleville. These performances will aim to represent the diversity of the contemporary dance scene and the broad range of opportunities open to our highly-skilled and versatile graduates. Please join us as we celebrate their achievements.
As a performer Cousins toured with Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake before winning the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award in 2011. As a result he presented his first full evening of work at Sadler's Wells in 2012. Cousins has created work on Scottish Ballet, Edge and most recently The National Ballet of Chile.
Rising star of the British dance scene James Cousins' latest work is inspired by one of Shakespeare's most headstrong and independent heroines. Set in a modern city - conservative by day, wonderland by night- the curious, courageous heroine Rosalind embarks on a journey of self-discovery, fuelled by love and oppression. Shakespeare's Rosalind is a clever, funny wordsmith. In this unique production, created in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, Cousins takes her passion and eloquence beyond words.
Blending elements from dance, physical and object theatre, The North follows a man's journey in search of meaning in an unpredictable environment. A place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm and letting go the only way to survive.
Through ADAPTATION ZONE, choreographers Corinne Rochet and Nicholas Pettit study how to enter on stage: this ritual symbolizing the passage from one universe to another. To enter a stage is to be thrown into the void, to define space by your body and expose yourself entirely to the public. ADAPTATION ZONE explores the modalities, the dramaturgy and the characteristics of this specific moment.
Mapdance is an exciting postgraduate company of dynamic dancers from Chichester.
mapdance, performs diverse repertoire by renowned and upcoming contemporary choreographers. This year the company has commissioned new works by Shobana Jeyasingh, Lea Anderson, Cai Tomos and Hagit Yakira. The mixed repertory offers a refreshing mixture of dance theatre, intricate lyrical choreography, fast-paced athleticism and wry humour.
HU(R)MANO, translated as brother/ human, is a piece by the award-winning Portuguese choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, exploring the notion of human urban movement and the shift between the collective and the subjective individual. Using a shared language of movement the four performers explore alternative states of being, transforming and mutating their bodies into abstracted gestures in space, continually pushing and searching for the meaning and value of their physical actions.
Showcasing work by emerging choreographers based in the North of England.
The second triple bill showcasing work by emerging choreographers based in the North of England. Blue Monday, choreographed by Joseph Reay-Reid, combines spoken word and a strong physicality, Blue Monday follows the stories of six individuals who each want to escape their everyday, ordinary lives. The work is set to a soundtrack straight out of the 1980s & Manchester's 'Hacienda' Nightclub. New work (title tbc), by 70:30 Split. A new work created by 70:30 Split's artistic directors Lydia Cotrell and Sophie Unwin, for two male performers, examines male physicality and the psychology of the crowd. Wearing dehumanising uniforms the dancers are pushed into increasingly more risky and compromising situations. New work (title tbc) created and performed by Gracefool Collective who are Rachel Fullegar, Kate Cox, Sofia Edstand and Rebecca Holmburg. Using their signature blend of dance, theatre, comedy and politics. This new piece sees the four woman strong creative and performance collective wrestle with the social expectation to ?couple up'. Expect irreverent physicality, sharp writing and arresting characters.
After the enormous success of Dance for Life 2016, Peter Kay returns with his remarkable dance-a-thon party with all profits going to Cancer Research UK.
In The Spotlight is a fabulous variety evening of dance and musical theatre. Be entertained by the brilliant students of the Rachael Swann School of Dancing.
YAMA explores the mythology associated with mountains inspired by the pagan and animist rituals practised among the mountains of Tohoku, Japan. YAMA is an awe-inspiring piece that gathers energy as it grows.
Verve - the touring group from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds showing the next generation of contemporary dance.
VERVE presents an exhilarating programme of four distinct dance works choreographed by international artists James Cousins, Carlos Pons Guerra, Leila McMillan and Matthias Sperling. Performed by a company of eleven dancers who trained at some of the world's leading conservatoires, the work is physically daring and thought provoking. Carlos Pons Guerra's Rita is a raucous, full company work inspired by the vestal world of nunneries. What happens when our innate desires are denied expression? Leila McMillan tackles the continuous cycle of destruction and repair that characterises our lives, tapping into the visceral physicality of the dancers with her work Continuum. Hypnotic and ambiguous, Matthias Sperling's Soft Power Generator asks: What if movement can generate our future? What future do we need? Finally James Cousins' A fable of our time, explores the physical and metaphorical borders societies continue to build. With full bodied physicality and intimate duets, the dancers question our precarious dualistic existence.