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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 BODHI PROJECT is the residential contemporary dance company at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance in Austria.
The company is visiting Leeds as part of a postgraduate exchange programme in partnership with VERVE at NSCD. BODHI PROJECT is a platform for new choreographers in the international contemporary dance scene and the company have presented over 100 performances around the world to rapturous and elated audiences and press alike.
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.
NSCD's Community Dance Platform brings together community dance groups from across Leeds and Yorkshire to perform work they have created. Featuring groups of children, young people and adults, this evening will celebrate the rich diversity of community dance in the region.
Formed in 2007, in memory of a dear friend, the dance troupe consists of eleven members from East London and the Essex area. Diversity are really one big family. They are made up of three sets of brothers: Ashley and Jordan Banjo, Ian, Jamie and Matthew McNaughton, Sam and Mitchell Craske. They are complemented by four of their best friends: Terry Smith, Ike Ezekwugo, Warren Russell and Perri Luc Kiely.
The new tour Genesis is the concluding part of their super hero fantasy epic and follows 'Limitless: The Reboot'.
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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.
Fresh is an evening of dance with and for young people. Uniquely at Fresh, dynamic youth companies share the bill with top professional artists.
Fresh 2017 (a part of U.Dance) is a breath-taking celebration of the achievements of our region's young dancers. Experience an amazing range of dance styles as the very finest youth dance companies from across Yorkshire compete for an extraordinary prize. A panel of judges will select two groups to represent Yorkshire at U.Dance 2017, Youth Dance England's flagship event, staged this year at Birmingham Hippodrome in July.
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.
Based on Irish folklore, this classic tale of Good vs. Evil, expressed through the universal language of dance, has thrilled audiences worldwide and catapulted Irish dance to a new dimension and unprecedented worldwide acclaim. As the story unfolds, the Little Spirit travels through time to help the Lord of the Dance protect his people from the challenge of Don Dorcha, the Dark Lord. As this evil dark power challenges the hero, the incredible adventure continues, drawing its audience into a mythical universe of love, danger, and desire.
Please note that neither Michael Flatley nor Nadine Coyle are appearing in this tour.
25 APRIL - 30 APRIL
18 MARCH - 19 MARCH
ROYAL CONCERT HALL, GLASGOW
11 APRIL - 15 APRIL
PALACE THEATRE, MANCHESTER
4 APRIL - 9 APRIL
MILTON KEYNES THEATRE, MILTON KEYNES
21 FEBRUARY - 22 FEBRUARY
11 APRIL - 15 APRIL
OPERA HOUSE, MANCHESTER
14 FEBRUARY - 19 FEBRUARY
NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
24 MARCH - 26 MARCH
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, EDINBURGH
7 MARCH - 12 MARCH
ALHAMBRA THEATRE, BRADFORD
20 MARCH - 23 MARCH
THE SAGE, GATESHEAD
10 FEBRUARY - 12 FEBRUARY
BRIGHTON CENTRE, BRIGHTON
20 JANUARY - 22 JANUARY
19 APRIL - 23 APRIL
SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM
16 APRIL - 18 APRIL
THEATRE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM
30 JANUARY - 5 FEBRUARY
CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
27 JANUARY - 29 JANUARY
ST DAVID'S HALL, CARDIFF
9 JANUARY - 14 JANUARY
LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE, LIVERPOOL
6 FEBRUARY - 9 FEBRUARY
IPSWICH REGENT, IPSWICH
24 JANUARY - 26 JANUARY
NEW THEATRE, OXFORD
23 FEBRUARY - 26 FEBRUARY
28 MARCH - 2 APRIL
GRAND THEATRE AND OPERA HOUSE, LEEDS
28 FEBRUARY - 5 MARCH
NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE, OUTER LONDON
13 MARCH - 16 MARCH
HIS MAJESTY'S THEATRE, ABERDEEN
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.
Consumed by his desires, Casanova lived every minute in a whirlwind of scandal and excess. But there's more to the man. This original ballet will expose a story so sensational you won't believe it's real. This spine-cingling spectacle of 18th century decadence will flood your senses and take your breath away.
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.
Showcasing work by emerging choreographers based in the North of England.
The first of two such events this year, the evening promises three diverse approaches to movement, articulately performed by talented dancers working across the region. First up, Windows in Displacement, choreographed and performed by Akeim Toussaint Buck. An autobiographically sourced solo blending dance, song and spoken word to explore personal narratives, ancestral memory and the shifting (and increasingly urgent) politics surrounding the movement of people. Good Blood, by Keira Martin. Performed by the choreographer and her sister, Sioda Martin, this duo looks closely at the relationship between two siblings. Entertaining and familiar scenarios are refreshed and brought into focus to shed new light on family ties; the bonds that hold us together and the people that make us. Lastly, Depart by Daniel Phung Dance. A work exploring loss in all its forms and performed by Phung and dancers. A compelling depiction of endings and relived sorrows, fusing contemporary and urban dance theatre styles.
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.
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.
Holzinger & Riebeek are renowned as Europe's most provocative choreographers, creating radical performance that challenges our understanding of beauty. In the duo's first group show, an extraordinary ensemble of performers participate in a surreal training course of fitness, psychotherapy, beauty pageants, sex and yoga; striving to become their own versions of Miss and Mister Universe. WELLNESS is a dizzying mix of pop-culture, performance art and dance that boldly investigates the body culture of our times. WELLNESS is presented as part of Transform 17, a festival of local, international and adventurous theatre for Leeds... transformfestival.org
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.