WHAT’S ON? The latest lowdown of the up and coming graduate dance events at The Lowry.
You’ve been introduced to the Youth dance companies coming to The Lowry next month, now it’s time to hear about the Graduate companies. Taking the next step in their professional dance careers, these talented dancers come equipped not only with fantastic technique, but with dynamic and high energy performances.
Miss out now and you’ll be queuing round the corner to see these dancers in the future.
12◦ North Dance Company
Thu 13 March
First up is 12◦ North, a fresh and dynamic North West Graduate dance company who present a Triple Bill of new work at The Lowry this March. This is sure to be a thrilling night of dance, with three individual pieces each bringing their own unique flair and infectious energy.
Talented choreographer and winner of the Sadler’s Wells “Global Dance Contest”, James Wilton presents new work for us here at The Lowry. James began his choreographic career at the London Contemporary Dance School where his debut works toured nationally and internationally. From there he has grown from strength to strength working with Scottish Dance Theatre, Oper Ganz Tanz Company, Edge (post graduate company for London Contemporary Dance School) and Verve13 (post graduate company for Northern School of Contemporary Dance) to name but a few. His new work is filled with daring and spectacularly physical dance, which has an infectious energy making it accessible for one and all.
In contrast, Lea Anderson presents fascinating, challenging and visually stunning dance theatre which bursts with idiosyncratic movement.
Emma Lansley, presents her trio ‘Talking to Mia and Butch’ – quirky dance theatre piece with a light twist, concentrates on the complex lives of three socially awkward individuals (something I’m sure we can all, not matter how much we deny it, relate to).
With music by Kate Bush and a hint of lemons, this is humorous and heart-warming dance.
This dazzling display of super-physical dance theatre from North West artists is definitely not to be missed.
Tue 25 March
Verve promises a dynamic and passionate performance by 12 dancers trained at some of the world’s leading conservatories.
The company is the postgraduate performance company of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Each year the company commissions leading choreographers to work with the company to create eclectic dance pieces.
Lovers of both dance and music will be enthralled by Burkmar’s Ocean, an incredibly passionate, fast-paced work for all 12 dancers.
Duke’s creations effectively combine theatre and dance; his meticulous characterisations helping his company win the most recent edition of The Place Prize, the UK’s most prestigious prize for dance.
Anderson returns after charming both regular and new audiences in 2011 with her quirky and stylish work. And completing the programme, ex-Rambert dancers Nixon & Goddard bring years of experience as dancers at the top of their game to create their first work for Verve.
The piece is packed full of dynamic choreography of an incredibly high standard, topped off with the strong performance of the dancers themselves.
Ballet Central 2014
Wed 2 April
After performing at the London 2012 Olympics and following a sell-out season at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013, Ballet Central is coming to The Lowry.
Ballet Central 2014 features an exciting programme of ballet, contemporary and jazz dance. A repertoire of newly commissioned works and much-loved revivals will showcase the company’s young and emerging dancers in a show that’s ideal for families, dance enthusiasts and those new to ballet.
Ballet Central has been a touring company for 30 years and is comprised of final year students at the Central School of Ballet. This year choreographers for the tour include Daniel de Andrade (Northern Ballet), Christopher Marney (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures) and Sara Matthews (Director, Central School of Ballet). Will so much talent packed into one performance this promises to be a spectacle not to be missed.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers as they launch their professional careers.