We’re busy making final preparations for Expressions, our annual accessible dance platform which brings together inclusive dance groups from across the region and beyond. Expressions will take place on 5-6 July at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre at our home in Leeds.
The only platform of its kind in Leeds, Expressions gives talented disabled dancers the chance to showcase their skills and perform on a professional stage. The event is part of Beyond, a city-wide arts festival celebrating the work of disabled artists.
This year’s event is bigger than ever, with 15 groups performing over two days including participants from our Ability and In Motion courses and other community dance groups from organisations including MeshDance, Yorkshire Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance.
Audiences will also have the rare opportunity to see professional work by two inclusive dance companies from the UK and Europe. TIN Arts will be premièring their new production Wired, a solo by George Williams (former National Youth Dance Company member) supported as part of their Emerging Artists Project.
Ensemble BewegGrund Trier, a professional DanceAbility Company from Germany, will also be performing in Leeds for the very first time with their production Sea Ya Shortly:
‘We are very excited to be part of Expressions 2017 and are looking forward to sharing knowledge, learning from one another and connecting through inclusive dance in Europe. Let’s celebrate the art of being together!’ - Ensemble BewegGrund Trier
For the first time at Expressions, local performers will also have the opportunity to take part in workshops led by the visiting professional companies to explore different ways of working, develop their dance skills and to meet other likeminded dancers who have made a career in dance.
Expressions is a really exciting opportunity for audiences to see the best of inclusive dance from Leeds and beyond. Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased from the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Box Office. For more information about performances or to book tickets, please click here. We hope to see you there!