International Dance Day 2020

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Exceptional work highlighted as university joins global celebration of dance

The exceptional work Edge Hill students see, perform in and produce is being showcased as part of this year’s International Dance Day.

On Wednesday April 29 the University will join the rest of the world in an all-day celebration of dance by drawing on highlights from its recent programme.

The Arts Centre, which provides one of the most vibrant, eclectic and diverse programmes of dance in the region, presents the work of nationally and internationally-renowned dance artists, offering students the opportunity to collaborate on new projects and perform alongside professional companies.

Since September, the venue has presented the work of more than 15 professional dance companies and artists including Company Chameleon, which led workshops, post-show discussions and dance analysis sessions for students around performances of The Shadow on
campus and at HOME in Manchester.

Alongside performance, other exciting interdisciplinary dance and dance psychotherapy research activities have been carried out by the Research Centre for Arts and Wellbeing, including a symposium and workshop exploring somatic movement and dance practices in healthcare, bringing together more than fifty dancers, academics and healthcare professionals from across the UK.

Dr Cathy Butterworth, Arts Manager at Edge Hill University, said: “We’re so proud of our dance programme at The Arts Centre; it reflects the huge range, diversity and quality of dance on the national and international stage, and offers a completely unique experience to students on our dance courses.

“Our students gain an opportunity to see world class dance right on their doorstep and to work with professional companies from the minute they begin their course; the calibre of work produced by our students who go on to have successful careers across the dance sector is second to none.

“We’re delighted to be part of International Dance Day by celebrating the wealth of incredible work we have presented and produced at Edge Hill, and by looking forward to a time when we can bring fantastic live performances back to our amazing venue.”

International Dance Day 2020 will also be a chance to highlight the incredible work of the Dance Team at Edge Hill University, shining a light on how their professional work gives insight and inspiration to students who go on to follow their own successful careers.

Throughout the day The Arts Centre and Performing Arts Department will be sharing films, images and stories about the importance of dance and its power to change lives, and the vital role that Edge Hill University plays in inspiring the next generation of dance professionals.

Highlights of the virtual dance programme will include:

· The premiere of Pink Narcissus, a dance film of the live performance by Thick & Tight and Edge Hill University Dance Companies EdgeFWD and 3rdEdge, commissioned by The Arts Centre and Edge Hill University Performing Arts Department in collaboration with Merseyside Dance Initiative for LEAP Festival 2019;

· Dance films and documentation of work by local, national and international artists including Taciturn, Liz Lea, Protein Dance, Company Chameleon, Aakash Odedra and Laura Vanhulle;

· Film of three brand-new exquisite works by our Edge Hill University Dance Students – Human Heard, LUNA and When You Light a Candle You Also Cast a Shadow choreographed by Charlotte Broom, Beth Payton and Bettina Carpi;

· Updates about Edge Hill’s dance graduates and their fantastic professional careers across the dance sector;

· And an insight into the work produced by the University’s cutting edge, nationally and internationally-acclaimed Dance Team.

Follow us on social media for updates throughout the day:

Twitter: @ArtscentreEHU and @EHUPerfArts
Instagram: artscentreEHU

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