The new season at Dance City

Published: 6 September 2018
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Newcastle’s Dance City has announced its September to November season which, as always, presents a variety of performances from world folk dance styles to abstract contemporary dance. The season opens with an launch event at 6PM on 18 September at which tickets for all of the season’s show purchased on the night will attract a 10% discount. There is no charge for this event but places must be booked in advance.

On Friday 21 September, Dance Edits follows, a showing of new work by Dance City based professional artists: Alice Henry with a piece based on OCD, Lo Giudice Dance with L’uomo, Vivien Wood with La Dame aux pieds and Debbie Harbin of The D Project.

The rest of the season:

  • Saturday 29 September, 7:30
    About the Elephant
    Connor Scott and Vidya Patel

    With this piece, which combines contemporary dance and traditional Kathak, Scott, who was the winner of BBC’s Young Dancers 2015, returns to Dance City where he originally trained.

    The original score for this piece will be performed live as part of the performance and has been created by Shammi Pithia, composer and multi-instrumentalist musician.

  • Saturday 20 October at 7:30
    Go Away Johnny
    Peter Groom

    An abstract, contemporary piece which asks, "if the moments of quiet in our lives were elongated over a longer time, what would happen?” and involves six performers all searching for a connection through memories and these fragments of memories lead them on eclectic journeys.

    Some nudity.

  • Friday 26 October at 7:30 and Saturday 27 October at 1:30
    Ballet Wales / Ballet Cymru

    Ballet Wales mixes up traditional shows and brings them up to date whilst still maintaining classical choreography. As a result, this Cinderella will comprise a stripped-down set and circus elements.

  • Thursday 8 November at 7:30
    at the end we begin
    Richard Chappell Dance

    Richard Challell’s first full-length work is based on T S Eliot’s Four Quartets. Each section of the piece is named after one of the poems, which deal with man’s relationship with time, the universe and the divine and, in these sections, four individuals are taken from a state of being lost to feeling empowered, finding their own voice through Eliot’s poetry.

  • Friday 16 November at 7:30
    The Storm
    James Wilton Dance

    The second part of James Wilton’s trilogy which aims to explore human relationships with the elements. The Storm features seven dancers and a soundtrack of electro rock specially composed by Amarok, along with thousands of pieces of paper and extreme athleticism.

  • Saturday 24 November at 7:30
    Deeds not words
    Abbott Dance Theatre

    This dance theatre piece is based on the suffragette movement and the harrowing treatment of women during this time. Woven into the choreography are the stories of individual suffragettes such as Emily Wilding Davison, Dame Ethel Smyth and Emeline Pankhurst. As well as professional dancers, this show will feature choral music by the Morpeth-based community female choir Werca’s Folk and community dance group for the over 50s Dance for Fun.