We’re half way through Perpetual Motion here at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre and it’s overdue that I say something about it. Firstly, it’s fantastic. We have an outstanding facility in the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre and it both serves and is served by the nature of this show. Secondly, I’m interested by the title.
If you weren’t there, you should have been. The Choreographic Showcase was a mesmeric delight. Dancers from Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre came together to choreograph eleven pieces of brand spanking new dance. The fledgling choreographers were each given the same mission statement – simply, create a piece of dance. Dance. No sets, no costumes and precious few props. The focus was pulled firmly on movement and each piece having a discrete kinetic language of its own.
Phil Cool and Richard Digance come to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Legends of mirth, Phil Cool and Richard Digance, are coming to the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre. I, like many who’ve bumbled through a university in the last ten years, first came across Digance on Countdown. I was always impressed and alarmed by his capacity to turn almost anything into a chipper limerick.
Alea iacta est. So said Caesar before he crossed the Rubicon and led his troops on Rome. With this pronouncement, the annals tell us, did Caesar march against the might of Pompey. Alea iacta est, he said, let the die be cast.
Northern Ballet plays host to Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery & Studio Theatre’s Festival of “bite-sized … intimate performances” tantalisingly called “Mezze”. What unites these productions is an intimacy between performer and audience.
The crinolines have been bustling across the lacquered floor of Northern Ballet’s atrium. Sumptuous dress and contralto have quivered through the air and, for a short time at least, the vestiges of the Viennese court have run amongst the lithe shapes of the Company dancers and the flurries of children in tutus. Sitting to next to parents with panini’s and dotted amongst employees power-lunching the casual observer might spot Dr.