Events to take place around the city.
DanceXchange, the Birmingham-based dance house, announces its latest performance season which runs from 2nd October until 1st December in The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome, and also includes a number of performances and digital dance works which will be presented in alternative spaces in the city.
The new season at The Patrick Studio sees dx showcase:
• Show (front pic), a wild and wicked performance of bold choreography with a pulsating score performed by Shechter II, the company of international emerging dance artists created by celebrated choreographer Hofesh Shechter.
• A stunning new show Puzzle Creature by Neon Dance which offers a unique immersive experience within an inflatable structure that transforms the theatre space.
• Agudo Dance Company’s Silk Road, a personal performance from star performer José Agudo celebrating a fusion of classic Spanish flamenco and Indian dance styles.
• The Knot by Didy Veldman’s company Umanoove (pictured) exploring ritual, doubt, nerves and the sheer magic of weddings.
• Uchenna Dance’s dance makeover of the classic fairy tale Hansel & Gretel, a perfect Christmas treat for families.
DanceXchange will also be presenting and supporting dance in unusual locations in Birmingham city centre:
• This Is An Island? is an exploration of what it means to be British, produced by dx with creative direction by Gary Clarke. The Sky Arts commissioned production, featuring live performance, spoken word, installations, film and dance from UK and Birmingham based artists, receives its world premiere at a unique city centre venue, Birmingham School of Art.
• Lanre Malaolu’s experimental film Figure confronts the experience of boys growing up without fathers. Supported by DanceXchange, the film will stream at New St Station as part of the Festival of Audacity.
Lucie Mirkova, Executive Producer at DanceXchange said: “This season the programme reflects on the theme of journeys, identity and ritual, with several of the productions offering audiences the opportunity to become actively integrated into the performance. We’re also continuing our commitment to present work in alternative spaces where we hope to engage new audiences.
“There will be dance experiences in New St Station and at Thinktank, and at Birmingham School of Art which will be the setting for the world premiere of a new topical work directed by Gary Clarke and funded by Art 50, a scheme commissioned by Sky Arts to explore the notion of British identity in the wake of Brexit.”
For full details visit www.dancexchange.org.uk