In today’s disposable world where love is used to sell us everything from plug-in cars to yoghurt… where did real love go?
The latest dance theatre comedy show by groundbreaking performance company, New Art Club, is a joyful, physical and verbal outburst against the forces that masquerade as love.
Mythical love that drives the creation of the universe and everything in it.
Love between friends.
Love between you and the people you love.
It is funny, sad and reflective.
It is not a story but it holds lots of stories inside it. In that way it is like you.
It has a flickering heart that has crashed to earth.
With New Art Club’s dexterous physicality this impossibly big topic is broken open and brought vividly to life.
Cupid’s Revenge is an attempt to bring audiences together in a defiant act of unity and love.
What happens when the Happy Endings are stolen?
An original story by Carol Ann Duffy retold as dance theatre for family.
Deep in the forest lives Jub, a magical girl with six fingers on each hand. Her job is to guard the Happy Endings to stories and fairytales. But one day an otherworldly Witch steals them, and at bedtime the stories are destroyed...
Goldilocks changed the locks on the cottage of the three bears...
Cinderella’s foot is now too big for the glass slipper…
Little Red Riding Hood is gobbled up by the wolf…
Pinocchio’s nose never stops growing, in fact, his nose grew so long that he arrived everywhere a whole day before he set off!
As the Witch disappears with the stolen Happy Endings it is up to Jub to save the night, encountering many beloved fairytale characters and woodland creatures in her quest...
Packed with spirit, adventure and glorious surprises, this fantasy family show will delight generations both old and young.
Original score composed by Murray Gold, with set design by Neil Murray, costume design by Nasir Mazhar and narrated by Joanna Lumley.
Commissioned by Sadler's Wells and co-produced by Northern Stage.
A dancer of extraordinary power and grace, Dickson Mbi summons multiple identities in this mesmerising solo performance inspired by a life-changing journey to his ancestral home in Cameroon.
The symbolic presence of a two-headed snake, the tiger whose roar vibrated as part of a funeral ritual, the knowing touch of a blind elder … it was these unnerving encounters that profoundly affected the London choreographer during a recent trip to his family’s village. They have all brought him closer to the animistic practices of his African heritage and to the mystical place where they meet with his modern East End upbringing.
Enowate, meaning ‘truth stands’, draws on sinuous elements of hip hop and contemporary dance in combination with original music and otherworldly animated projections. In asking the relatable question, ‘who am I?’, he connects with enigmatic forces to reveal himself and emerge from the shadows.
Resilience is a powerful dance story across times. Set parallel in the 20ies and 80ies and sparked by a blackout, it brings to life the electric power of jazz and hip hop styles. Two protagonists tell how their dancing overcame personal and political struggles of their times. Their joy of dancing challenges norms with subversive self-expression.
is a community of Manchester based dancers joined by their passion for supporting, creating and experimenting in the underground world of freestyle dance. Projects to date include a nine-minute short film,
which was created during lockdown and sees empty arts and culture venues across Manchester being occupied by I.M.Pact dancers, reintroducing life and movement to these spaces; and
a collaboration with Manchester Museum where through the dancers’ performances and their interaction with the space looks at how global stories are told and lessons that we must learn.
Through Resilience also features dancers from Groovanometry and
was founded by Juraj Farnik (Faro) and Anton Phung (LB) in 2014. Its aim is to showcase the best dancers in the styles of breaking, hip hop and popping. Through the two-day event, focused around cyphers and exhibition battles, dancers from across the world
have a space to exchange, network and cultivate their own creative practice. In its 7th year, Groovanometry has grown in its reach and impact on the hip hop dance scene in the UK and beyond. Groovanometry is expanding the dance event into a festival next year,
and extending its programme to include the other elements of hip hop.
Jazz Company was established in 2019 by Martina & Melissa Gumbs
with open Jazz classes starting in 2015 based in Manchester UK both graduates of The Northern Ballet School, PGCE qualified dance teachers and graduates of Shockout Arts.
have both completed numerous dance contracts with companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line & Carnival as well as being audition instructors for Norwegian Cruise Line, stage performances in Thriller Live Tour (Europe & China) After Midnight Broadway Musical
(NCL Cruise Line) RocketMan Movie plus more.
Jazz Company training classes are catered to those who want to continue training at an Industry level standard at age 18+, welcoming anyone who has graduated, in between jobs or for those who once danced and want to get back into it.
Jazz aims to share their positive energy within Company training. It's so important dancers enjoy their training and give their best, train to be the best version of themselves ALWAYS but be patient & trust the process.
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Vital and gripping, BLKDOG is Botis Seva’s haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a
childlike artist. A genre-defying blend of hip hop dance and free form antics, BLKDOG explores
the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth.
With music from long standing collaborator Torben Lars Sylvest and performed by Botis’
powerhouse company Far From The Norm, BLKDOG searches for coping mechanisms in the
ultimate hunt for acceptance.
“Botis' political, theatrical and experimental take on hip hop might just make him the next big
thing” Lyndsey Winship
“It’s rare to find young choreographers developing a distinctive movement language and Seva is
certainly one of the most original emerging talents in the UK – if not European – choreography”
“A new dance language was being forged in front of my eyes […] It’s easy to see
why BLKDOG won an Olivier on its London debut, and after seeing this deeply compelling,
“Always earth-bound, they look like a feral street gang, egged on by Torben Lars Sylvest’s
pounding score – so intense that as an audience you feel its vibrations in your own body.”
“Influenced by hip-hop, they jerk and pulse their way around the stage, with timing that is
robotically and breathtakingly precise […] dance does not get more exciting than this.”
The Reviews Hub
“Is this a detention centre or the mind’s interior?”
British Theatre Guide
“Seva is a choreographer on the cusp of a new direction in the shifting sands of British
contemporary dance and one likely to have a big following in its future.”
“BLKDOG by Botis Seva rattles his mind and swoons the audience in a tenebrous exploration of his
“Steeped in Hip Hop, Seva savoured bold, hunkered-down unison motion, where his dancers put
across with electric timing”
“Seva’s dance language has its roots in hip-hop, but flowers in unexpected ways”
“Seva’s onto something remarkable”
Mariposa: a Transgender Tragedy Inspired by Puccini’s Madame Butterfly
Under the flickering neon lights of a distant Caribbean port, a local rent boy and a
foreign sailor fall ominously in love in choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra’s
inventive reimagining of Puccini’s seminal opera. DeNada Dance Theatre’s
Madame Butterfly is immersed in a mist of Havana smoke, within which a young
man is asked to sacrifice his gender in exchange of love and a better life.
Mariposa is an operatic dance drama that transports Puccini’s Orientalist libretto
to post-revolution Cuba, to a dockland world of faded showgirls, hopeful rent
boys, troubled sailors and santeria spirits. Engulfed in a tropical storm of
repressed desires, this brand new production is a passionate and deeply moving
exploration of what we are ready to sacrifice in order to be loved and accepted.
Set to an original score by Spanish composer Luis Miguel Cobo, which takes its
inspiration from Caribbean sounds as well as Puccini, with libretto by French-
Indian writer Karthika Nair and designs by Ryan Laight, Mariposa is performed
by the diverse international cast of DeNada Dance Theatre, a UK Critic’s Circle
National Dance Awards nominee in the category of Best Independent Company.
Previous praise for DeNada Dance Theatre:
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ The Stage
“Unbound eroticism and dynamite dancing” The Guardian
“Olé.” Financial Times
“Highly entertaining” Dance Europe
Running time: Approx. 1 hour 30 mins (including interval)
Age guidance: 12+ due to scenes and content of a sexual nature
Dance Consortium presents
AcoSta Danza: 100% Cuban
International ballet superstar Carlos Acosta’s critically acclaimed Cuban company Acosta Danza has garnered an unrivaled reputation for creating work that combines both classical and contemporary genres effortlessly, infused with Cuba’s rich musical and dance influences. The company returns with a programme of new and existing exceptional works.
Back by popular demand are, Paysage, soudain, la nuit by visionary Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidberg and Impronta, which was created specially for Acosta Danza by Spanish choreographer Maria Rovira. Making their UK premieres are Hybrid, by the award-winning Cuban Norge Cedeno, Liberto by Acosta Danza dancer and choreographer Raul Reinoso, and De Punta a Cabo by Alexis Fernandez, set against the backdrop of the coast of Havana.
“generous of spirit, explosive, full of charm.” Evening Standard
If you’ve never read Dickens’ 1859 novel of revolution and excessive gestures of love, then this is the
show for you. If you have read it, this might also be the show for you, depending on how well you
Dickens left a lot out of his novel, particularly when it comes to Lucie, the central female
character. She was underwritten, all her psychological complexity left on the cutting room
floor. This show picks up those offcuts and sticks them together, possibly in the wrong order, to
rediscover the real story of this complex, troubled, funny 21st century woman.
From the creators of Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) and Juliet & Romeo, comes a re-staging
of one of the bestselling novels of all time (allegedly). Part dance, part theatre, part fictionalised
documentary, no-part costume drama, this is Lost Dog’s nearly unrecognisable re-imagining of a