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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.
Phoenix Dance Theatre and Northern School of Contemporary Dance pay tribute to dance pioneer Nadine Senior MBE with a vibrant evening of dance, including a restaging of Troy Game (1974), described by the New York Times as ?a funny and sexy romp'.
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.
Northern Ballet brings dance history to the heart of Yorkshire as we perform a tribute to internationally celebrated choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan, to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of his death. The Company's world-class dancers will showcase their exceptional abilities as they perform pieces by one of the art form's most influential and respected choreographers. Las Hermanas is a tense psychological drama about five sisters and the consequences that follow a life of harsh repression, Gloria is inspired by Vera Brittain's wartime memoir Testament of Youth; and Concerto is a dazzling classical piece set to music by Shostakovich. The chance to see such works performed outside of the Capital is a rare one. Experience the unmissable with Northern Ballet.
The ultimate heroine, Jane Eyre's journey to overcome the odds is one of literature's finest love stories.
Divided by a barbed wire fence, Bruno doesn't understand anything about where Shmuel lives, or who he is. To him, he's just a new friend ? a boy wearing a pair of striped pyjamas. As this unlikely friendship blossoms against the backdrop of the unthinkable events of World War II, Bruno's childlike curiosity leads this poignant story to a devastating conclusion.
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.
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.
A poor duckling is lonely and fed-up, shunned by those around her who see her as too ugly to fit in. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and turns into a beautiful swan, beginning a happy new life.