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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 tour will see Diversity performing exclusively choreographed routines based on their ITV special.
Inala - meaning abundance of goodwill - is a muscular and beautiful blend of South African and Western cultures in an exhilarating celebration of the rainbow nation. Choreographer Mark Baldwin unites Zulu traditions of song and dance with Western classical ballet, contemporary dance and music in one breathtaking performance. This unique collaboration brings together a stellar company including dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert with music performed live by Grammy Award?-winning South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music-making, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's past successes include working with Paul Simon on his album Graceland, featuring the intricate rhythms and harmonies of its native South African musical traditions. Performed live by the choir and an instrumental ensemble, Inala's brand new score is a collaboration between classical composer Ella Spira and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.
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.
Northern Ballet's uniquely expressive dancers will perform two spectacular ballets in one evening. Be transported to Japan as the Company presents its much-loved and heartbreakingly tragic Madame Butterfly. The inspiration for the world famous musical Miss Saigon, the story of Madame Butterfly tells of the doomed love affair between an American Naval Lieutenant and his young Japanese bride, Butterfly. Madly in love and prepared to sacrifice everything, Butterfly's world falls apart when she is abandoned and betrayed. Perpetuum Mobile (Perpetual Motion) doesn't tell a story but does show off the dancers at their athletic best. The incredible strength and prowess of Northern Ballet's dancers will leave you breathless. This is world-class ballet on your doorstep.
A hard-working but poor shoemaker struggles to earn enough money to support his family. The kind-hearted man decides to give his final pair of shoes, all he has left in the world, to a poor lady in need of help. The next morning the shoemaker awakes to find that his last piece of leather has been transformed into the most magnificent pair of shoes overnight. He discovers that not only are the shoes beautiful; they are also magical. Who is the mysterious maker of these marvellous shoes? Retelling the famous Brothers Grimm story, Elves & the Shoemaker is the perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the magic of live ballet, music and theatre. Age 3+. Running time: approx 40mins
Phoenix Dance Company are one of the leading exponents of contemporary dance.
Bloom - Bloom is a new work by exciting New Adventures Choreographer Award winner Caroline Finn. TearFall - Phoenix Artistic Director Sharon Watson presents TearFall, a new piece that builds on her exploration of science through dance using her simultaneously mesmerising and athletic choreography style. Shift - An energetic study of factory life in the 1940's by one of the world's leading choreographers, Christopher Bruce CBE. Shadows - A new work created especially for Phoenix by one of the world's leading choreographers Christopher Bruce CBE.
Puttin' On the Ritz takes you on a musical journey with wonderful music from three legendary composers, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Songs in the show will include Cheek to Cheek, Alexander's Rag Time Band, Birth of the Blues, Swanee, Night and Day, I Got Rhythm, Easter Parade, and Puttin' On The Ritz. These classic songs of the Golden Age of Hollywood will be recreated live on stage with a star-studded cast of singers and dancers who are set wow the audience with their slick harmonies, glamorous costumes and ballroom dancing skills .
A kaleidoscope of movement and colour brought to you by Sirocco Academy of Egyptian Dance and special guest dancers. This vibrant evening of diverse dance from the Middle East promises to leave you dazzled!
Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. Unity One
The Spalding Suite is a dance theatre show inspired by the UK's basketball subculture. And I remember the leather ball aflame... now localized comet sailing, the most fragrant fire trails tailing its arch towards the hoop. Beneath that leather star, sensed a joining of we star gazers, a twenty-limbed creature of mixed culture and race, palms burnt united by this stunt... The show explores how the myths and urban legends of the game cross over the ocean to intersect with the dreams and aspirations of players here and how the forces of gravity and ageing affect those dreams. Mixing poetry, spoken word, storytelling and live music with elements of hip-hop and choreography influenced by the game, The Spalding Suite examines the British response to a very American game. Five performers animate poetry written by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes.
Wendy is a performer and maker for a generation of artists, bringing a wealth of experience from her own work alongside her collaborations with artists whose work challenges, enriches and extends the boundaries of dance and theatre, such as the late Nigel Charnock, Lloyd Newson (DV8), Rose English and Gary Stevens as well as Tim Etchells, Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion.
Pact With Pointlessness is a new work by acclaimed performer and choreographer Wendy Houstoun. It is a game of opposites, a play of discrepancies, an urgent text of chaos uninterrupted by disturbing coherence. All at once, it is author and cipher voicing everything and nothing - ghosted by old-time patter, high-altitude confusion, empty dramas, hyperlinked reality, breaking news, more breaking news and meaningless movement. It is an all or nothing kind of event. A do or die kind of affair. Pact with Pointlessness is funny and moving in equal measure, and follows hot on the heels of her highly successful 50 Acts, winner of the 2013 TMA award for achievement in dance and nominated for the Critics Circle National Dance Awards.
Part of Physical Fest. Unity One
Inspired by the spin that West Side Story put on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Westside is a new dance show which offers a fresh, exhilarating modern-day take on the story. The plot revolves around six key characters who come from two rival gangs. The sequence of events that unfold lead to two young people's lives becoming entangled with fatal consequences - the result of falling in love with someone from the wrong side. Westside is told through the eyes of street musicians, life's buskers. Interacting with live musicians on stage will make you feel like you are being invited in to hear what the streets have to say.
Performed by second-year Dance students and Music students from different years of study. Contains sexual and drug references and violent action. Not suitable for young audiences.
Paul McCartney Auditorium