Dance x 12

Published: 19 March 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Dance City

Newcastle’s Dance City commemorates the twelve months since the UK first went into lockdown with Twelve, twelve dance compositions, each twelve minutes in length, on the hour every hour, for twelve hours from 12PM.

The programme for Twelve is:

12PM – Debbi Purtill
With yoga practice, Debbi will offer an insight into how a dancer might prepare their body and mind for movement exploration.

1PM – Akshay Sharma (Yorkshire Dance)
Excerpt of a dance solo work that explores tension drawing on geology and relating them to emotional states.

2PM – Esther Huss and Dahlia
Esther became a mother six months ago and spent many hours of her maternity leave in the studio with her daughter. This is a glimpse into the working relationship between a dance artist and sometimes demanding dramaturg.

3PM – Payal Ramchandani
Payal will offer extracts and a glimpse into the fluidity and vivacity of Kuchipudi. The piece, Tarana is a celebration: a sculpture frozen in time comes to life to celebrate its freedom through movement before it freezes back forever.

4PM – Penny Chivas
Burnt Out is Penny’s response to the Australian Black Summer fires of 2019–20, initially created to try to make sense of the many intersecting issues around climate change through this dance theatre work.

5PM – Alyssa Lisle
A 12-minute improvisation performance, exploring a space that many of us have not been able to access during the lockdown. The final song will be a collaboration with Feral Pet / Rebecca Gregson, a North East musician.

6PM – Rob Anderson
As a practitioner, Rob is fascinated with creative methodology. He will present a short selection of improvised movement explorations, combining chance method with research elements from his current project, Play:In:Motion.

7PM – Lila Naruse
Responding to the immediate mood. Lila and Ceitidh Mac are coming together for the first time in these twelve minutes. We shall see what happens…

8PM – Sarah Golding & Yukiko Masui (The Place)
An excerpt of a work in progress album by SAY, a dance piece filmed at The Place in London. The album explores the innocence of ‘making up a dance’ to music, using songs made by up and coming artists.

9PM – Gavin Coward & Patrick Kelly
Movement and live music exploration, sketch and extracted scenes from Mr Numb.

10PM – Alys North
An improvised piece, completely unplanned—Alys has music to create a starting point for movement and is excited to discover a dance, spontaneously and in the moment, in a big space that is not inhibited by furniture or squeaky floors.

11PM – Adam Russell
A playful improvisation responding to live guitar and voice by Utkash Mishra.

To book for this free event, go to the Dance City web site.