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Exchanges at Bradford Alhambra Theatre

Published on Thursday 9 February, 2017

Philippa Ranger, Dance Education Officer

The Dance Bradford network has received funding from Grants for the Arts to present Exchanges on Saturday 11 February at Bradford Alhambra Theatre. The event will feature amateur and professional dancers from across the Bradford region showcasing a variety of dance styles including classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam, contemporary dance and ballet. Performance groups will include Kala Sangam, Dance United Yorkshire, RSK Dance, Rees Dance and many more. This is a great opportunity to share and celebrate the exciting and diverse dance being created in Bradford.

I’m very excited as I was asked to create a finale piece for Exchanges with some of the young people involved in the event. I have had two days to create a piece with over 20 young people that I had never met before - all from diverse backgrounds, and all of whom have a love for dance! The young people taught each other some of their own movement styles and then created the work, which is a fusion of all of their different styles. This has also been a great opportunity for me to collaborate as I have co-choreographed the piece with dance artists from Kala Sangam and RSK Dance.

Exchanges will also include a specially commissioned piece created by six local dance artists and led by choreographer Alesandra Seutin, Artistic Director of Vocab Dance Company. The artists were given the chance to enhance their own skills by working collaboratively in a choreographic lab to create this new piece.

The Dance Bradford network was established in 2008 and brings together the varied and wide-ranging dance organisations working in Bradford.

Tickets for Exchanges are available now from the Bradford Theatres website here.

Please come and see the incredible dance that Bradford has to offer!

The views expressed in blogs are those of the author and not necessarily of Northern Ballet.