PREVIEW: DANCE CITY SPRING/ SUMMER LINE UP

Posted on January 29th 2018 by Whats on Northeast

Dance City has announced its spectacular Spring/Summer season, which promises to be the most diverse and ambitious season of dance ever seen in the north east of England. From high-quality contemporary dance to thought-provoking pieces and fun interactive family workshops, there’s a range of dance entertainment on offer for regular and first-time visitors.

The season, which offers the biggest programme of contemporary dance outside London, was launched at a special event with previews of the shows and live dance. Audience members described it as “riveting”, “a great mix of dance to look forward to” and “world-class opportunities to stretch the mind and the imagination”.

There’s an international flavour to many shows, with powerful, emotional and energetic performances influenced by Africa, India and Latin America. Terra Firma, from the acclaimed National Dance Company Wales, draws on Russian folk tales and unveils new work with Spanish and Israeli influences. Home-grown talent is in abundance too, with dancers from the region and Scotland showcasing their work in Northern Platforms and local rising star Lizzie J Klotz performing a triple bill in May.

Dance City will also present its first tap performance: Fall Out is a joyous celebration of fast tapping feet and live jazz-inspired rhythm. National Youth Dance Theatre makes a welcome return in June, bringing outstanding performances by talented young dancers. Many companies will be unveiling new pieces of work, which are still being created.

The season begins in February half-term, with two productions suitable for a family audience. cAty wOMpus and other works is a triple bill of new pieces performed by Durham-based Flex Dance, a professional dance company of artists with a learning disability. The Chit Chat Chalk Show is a charming family dance theatre show for children aged 3-8 and their grown-ups. There’s also a free Dance, Draw, Play chalky workshop for children to enjoy.

Artistic director Anthony Baker said: “Dance City houses the only stage dedicated to dance in the north east of England, and we are continuing to increase our theatre audience year on year. We aim to present a performance programme that everyone can enjoy, dance that entertains, enriches, inspires and surprises. We offer a no-quibble guarantee which means that if you don’t enjoy a show, you don’t have to pay for it. Our friendly staff are on hand to help you choose a show or watch the trailers on our website.”

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