Previous Arts Centre Dance Programme

A selection of Dance performances programmed by the Arts Centre throughout our previous seasons.

Aakash Odedra
Murmur 2.0 and Inked

A double bill of dance from award winning choreographer and dancer Aakash Odedra. Murmur 2.0 tackles the issue of dyslexia from his own experience, through dance and technology. A combination of movement, footwork and gestures combine with visual technology developed by Arts Electronica Futurelab (Linz, Austria) to enhance the audience’s experience. The second half of the performance is one of scarification and tattoos. Inked created by Laurence Olivier Award winner Damien Jalet sees the body become a place of transformation, an envelope marked, folded and metamorphosed by its journey through a ritualized space. Immerse yourself in an evening of dance, exploring the body’s limits and powers.

Just Us Dance Theatre
Born To Manifest
‘You say I’m just a black guy. I know who I am, do you know who I am?’ Born to Manifest is a powerful new Hip – Hop dance double bill that illuminates the experiences of young black British men. Joseph Toonga draws from real life accounts to a create a poignant, responsive piece that simultaneously champions cultural identity and challenges racial stigmas. Set to an original score from Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, this dynamic new dance work explores the power and privilege that still oppress and dictate. Joseph delivers stark home truths through the complexity and beauty of an individual’s journey.

Joanne Tremarco: The Birth of Death
Imagine you have two bodies. One you move in every day and one you move in when you dream. Where does the dream body go after death? This solo piece performed by Joanne Tremarco and directed by Yael Karavan addresses ‘death’ the elephant in the ‘living’ room. Drawing on end of life conversations with her mother, training as a death doula and adventures as a Lucid Dreamer invent a comic-tragic odyssey of the soul.

Shane Shambhu: Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer
This is no Bollywood ‘raga to riches’ story, this is the real deal. We all present different faces to the world, but some are more different than most. In this funny and visually stunning one-man show, Shane Shambhu reveals the secret life he kept from his school friends, growing up in the cultural melting pot of East London. Follow Shane’s transformation from ‘fat kid’ to international performer as he rips up ideas of race, language and culture in a bedazzling mix of theatre, dance and film.

Laura Vanhulle Dance Theatre: Yin
an empowering interpretation of the female existence….
Contemporary dance and live music synchronises in a fearless evocative piece. In Chinese philosophy yin and yang describe how opposite forces are interdependent and need each other to co-exist. Performed by four female artists, Yin reflects upon these universal symbols, drawing inspiration from the natural lifecycle and lived experiences. Highly visual, captivating choreography, haunting vocals, piano, baroque and sound design subtly cross-over, playfully questioning society’s perceptions of sexuality and power.

James Wilton Dance: The Storm
James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning fast, athleticism, where acrobatics, breakdancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away. Seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound you with its athleticism and touch you emotionally in a way that words simply can’t. In this storm can you find peace? Can you find the calm eye of the storm? Will it all blow over?

Liz Lea: RED
A poignant, riotous and triumphant exploration of one woman’s story – an exquisite exploration of female endurance. Unforgettable, shattering and hilarious, RED is a soul baring retelling of one woman’s journey through illness and recovery with an eye to the future. RED is fearless, RED is fierce, RED is powerful – a one woman show full of film and fabulousness. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you won’t forget. RED explores Liz Lea’s journey and experiences with Endometriosis – one woman’s story told in a universal way. Honest, face to face dialogue with the audience, balanced beautifully with film and movement.

Untold Dance Theatre: Women-Wise
An intergenerational cast of 7 women share stories of struggling with and finding confidence told through comedic and thought provoking dance theatre. “We want to share our stories of love, loss, loathing and laughter!” Women-Wise reveals what it is like to experience a lack of confidence and self esteem as a woman and how, perhaps we can find strength in each other. This performance has been informed by true life stories.

Stuart Waters: Rockbottom
Rockbottom is a powerful, topical new dance theatre solo from Stuart Waters, a successful performer for 20 years making his debut as an independent artist. Combining bold story-telling with highly physical choreography, Rockbottom is a moving and incredibly honest self-portrait of personal struggle with depression and addiction. The themes are leavened with humour and warmth, skyrocketing between existential angst and irony, and give prominence to the roles of resilience and support networks within recovery. Rockbottom is not only a thought-provoking night-out it is a reflective tool for everyone concerned with mental well-being. Importantly, safe-guarding is centre stage with this project, with discussion and signposting available in the post-show discussion.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein: The Little Prince
Welcome to the incredible story of the Little Prince, who journeys through the universe, coming face to face with the baffling world of grown-ups discovering the power of friendship and the complexity of love. Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s award winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. Protein’s new show invites us to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child. Suitable for children young and old.

Joan Clevillé Dance: Plan B For Utopia
You have a plan, and then you don’t. You have a dream, and then you wake up. You fall in love, and your heart gets broken. The question is: do you pick up the pieces and try again?’ Tipping between humour and pathos, Plan B for Utopia explores the role that imagination and creativity can play as a catalyst for change in our personal and collective lives. Bringing together elements from dance, theatre and storytelling, Scotland-based company Joan Clevillé Dance create a space for reflection where audience and performers can come together to re-imagine the world.
“This thoughtful and perceptive show will haunt you for days” The Skinny

Abbott Dance Theatre: Deeds Not Words
To Mark the 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 (where some women over 30+ won the right to vote in the UK); Abbott Dance Theatre presents Deeds Not Words. A moving, energetic piece of dance theatre highlighting and commemorating women’s suffrage in the UK. Featuring choral music and dance from local community groups, soundscape by Breifne Holohan and music composed by Jessica Dannheisser (BBC One’s Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley).

Vincent Dance Theatre: SHUT DOWN
Directed by ‘one of the most important feminist artists working in Britain today’ (The Observer) SHUT DOWN explores the spectrum of modern day masculinity and investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man. Vincent Dance Theatre’s first ever all male production is timely, humorous and highly charged ‘political and poetic dance theatre’ (London Dance), from one of the UK’s most risk-taking and rigorous choreographers. Dance, spoken word, rap and real-life testimony collide to ask: what is it like to live as a man today? ★★★★ – ‘Vincent identifies, with forensic precision, the way men react to changing times’ The Observer

Mapdance
Mapdance performs diverse repertoire by renowned and upcoming contemporary choreographers. This year the Company has commissioned new works by Anthony Missen (Company Chameleon), Didy Veldman, Jose Agudo as well as a re-staging of Liz Aggiss’s History Repeating…. created especially for mapdance. The mixed repertory offers a refreshing mixture of dance theatre, intricate lyrical choreography, fast-paced athleticism and wry humour. It is a programme that will appeal to both seasoned dance viewers and audiences new to dance and is of particular relevance to dance students at GCSE, BTEC and A-level.

The Hiccup Project: Lovely Girls
People commonly refer to them as ‘the lovely Hiccup girls’. It got them thinking…
After diving into the world of romance and heartbreak in critically acclaimed multiaward winning May-We-Go-Round?, Cristina and Chess explore what it means to be a young woman in brand new show Lovely Girls. Meandering through real women’s stories using The Hiccup Project’s potent blend of dance, theatre and comedy, it is an insight, a celebration and an ode to being a woman in the 21st Century. A show made by women for everyone, regardless of gender.
★★★★ – “Men will laugh from their very core… in a story every woman can relate to‘ Total Theatre

Van Huynh Company: Đẹp
Đ ẹ p is the Vietnamese word for beautiful. With his latest dance work, the UK-based choreographer Dam Van Huynh explores influences from his Southeast Asian heritage. In Vietnamese culture, death is also a form of rebirth. The dancers in Đ ẹ p are nude for a purpose. Fragile and vulnerable, their nudity literally strips them bare. The movement invites the audience to let go, reaching ever closer to the feeling of being alive. Winner of the Asian Arts Award for Best Directing 2018.
★★★★ The Observer ★★★★ Seeing Dance ★★★★ Broadway Baby
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Compañía de Circo “eia” present In Tarsi (Together/Entwined)
After successfully touring all over Europe, Catalan company ‘Eia’ bring their award winning acrobatic theatre piece ‘inTarsi’ to the UK for the first time.
Breath-taking acrobatic skills combined with wit, humour and slick choreography (by Edge Hill University’s very own Michelle Man) make this show a perfect mix for all the family. It’s four guys hanging out, teasing and playing with each other, taunting and supporting each other on an ingenious set that constantly morphs into new landscapes. Sometimes they work together and sometimes against each other, but in the end they are connected by the strong bond that is their common humanity.

Nikki & JD presents Knot
Physically exhilarating and touchingly poignant, Knot is the internationally acclaimed circus and dance work by Nikki Rummer and JD Broussé. These talented performers use hand-to-hand circus skills to tell the tale of an impossible choice: How can we be honest with ourselves without hurting those we love? Knot is a finely crafted theatrical journey through the struggles of commitment. Created in collaboration with award-winning choreographer Ben Duke of Lost Dog Dance Company, Knot is a very modern affair told with delicate sensitivity through breathtaking acrobatics and heart wrenching dance.

Gracefool Collective present This Really is Too Much
Raucous, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, this genre-busting performance reveals the downright absurd realities of life as a 3dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, WO-man in modern society.
Gracefool combine dancing with dark comedy to delve into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles, wrestling with gender, identity and social convention. An outlandish and wildly entertaining medley of absurd political speeches, talent contests and box ticking.

Wives’ Tales present I Do
Daughters of camp fire storytelling, Wives’ Tales propose engaging with art through stories. The wedding party are walked down the aisle to new experiences.
to do /tə,tʊ,tuː/du:/
verb an answer, a commitment, a payment, a vow. to exert, to exhaust, to produce, to mimic, to cheat, to clean. to wash, to cook, to decorate, to arrange, to engage. to tour, to suit, to suffice, to treat, to use, to have, to hold. In sickness, in health. Do you? I do.Born apart, Steffi is wed to all things songs & comedy, Alice lives in holy matrimony with movement and text.
Wives’ Tales coupling rings the bells of femininity, humour and nostalgia.
Expect promenade performance and immersive matrimony.

Sweetshop Revolution presents BeautifuL
BeautifuL is a new dance theatre work choreographed and directed by the award-winning Sally Marie, Artistic Director of Sweetshop Revolution. BeautifuL encompasses movement and text, explores love and sexuality from the female point of view; what is fantasised about, desired and permissible within the complex web of social structures, expectations and cultural history.
BeautifuL is a doorway into a dialogue about how women and men experience relationships, sexuality and the body… at the heart of it lies a question: how do we love and how has it changed?

Company Chameleon present 10
National Dance Award Nominees Company Chameleon rewind and fast forward in the world premiere of a new triple bill celebrating their 10th anniversary year. Featuring three dance pieces, which use engaging and athletic choreography to explore human and personal issues, 10 showcases Chameleon’s trademark style of creating socially relevant dance theatre that is powerful and original. Rites, the first major piece of work made by the company in 2007, is a male duet about growing up on the journey from boyhood to manhood. Imprint, a new trio by Kevin Edward Turner, is unashamedly about love, romance and relationships; and Anthony Missen’s new solo, Trip, takes you into the dark arena of self deception, exploring the line between true and false identity.