Digital dance from Lawrence Batley

Published: 17 September 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Matthew Topliss, Sara Chun, Mlindi Kulashe and Sean Bates in Locked in choreographed by Daniel de Andrade for Northern Ballet Credit: Dave Bewick
Mlindi Kulashe, Sara Chun and Matthew Topliss in Locked in choreographed by Daniel de Andrade for Northern Ballet Credit: Dave Bewick
Izzac Carrol in Locked down choreographed by Jordan James Bridge Credit: Dave Bewick

Locked down. Locked in. But living is a digital triple bill of three site specific dance productions announced earlier this year from the Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, available Monday 28 September to Sunday 18 October.

Created under COVID-19 restrictions and performed in and around the theatre, it features choreography by Jordan James Bridge (dancer, Studio Wayne McGregor), Daniel de Andrade (Artistic Associate, Northern Ballet) and Gary Clarke (Artistic Director, Gary Clarke Company).

As a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic, the three companies have created works that explore the emotions experienced by a performer in lockdown, which were captured on film in early September. There will be two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet in areas of the theatre where performances do not usually take place.

Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre, said, "I am utterly delighted to be working with three exceptional dance companies who have animated the Lawrence Batley Theatre in a completely new way. Each choreographer has interpreted the brief in their own unique style and we can’t wait to share Locked down. Locked in. But living with audiences across the globe from the end of the month.”

The dance commission follows Lawrence Batley Theatre’s streamed performances of The Understudy and Nigel Slater’s Toast which reached audiences in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Russia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, USA, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.