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Anjali Dance Company presents world premiere at Dance City

27 Sep 2017

Nick McKerrow in Gary Clarke’s ‘Beethoven’, part of the ‘Genius’ double bill. Image by Judie Waldmann

On Thursday 5 October, Dance City welcomes Genius, performed by Anjali Dance Company. An exceptional group of six dancers perform two works, both world premiere performances.

The first work presented is Gary Clarke’s Beethoven. It takes a touching and darkly humorous look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven and his struggles to accept his growing deafness.

Gary Clarke is an award-winning dancer and choreographer with a national reputation for creating compelling dance theatre that resonates with both audiences and critics. He debuted at Dance City in 2016 with his powerful performance Coal, which explored the darker side of the mining industry and the hard-hitting realities of life at the coal face.

In Bloodsucker, Lea Anderson has created a stylised, gently humorous exploration of the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. Anderson is an independent choreographer, filmmaker and artistic director and made hundreds of works with many collaborators such as artists, companies and filmmakers. In 1984, she founded the Cholmondeleys Dance Company with Teresa Barker and Gaynor Coward.

Anjali Dance Company celebrates the creative abilities and artistic potential of people with learning disabilities and demonstrates exciting new possibilities in dance. Through its innovative and pioneering work, Anjali engages the professional dance community in a debate about aesthetics, form, purpose and inclusion. Anjali works with world-class dance artists and choreographers to train talented individuals, and to create and tour original dance work.

Dance City’s programme for this season is a diverse and inclusive mix of dance from all over the country. It is celebrating all those who dance, want to dance or engage in dance and people for whom dance is a large part of their life, demolishing preconceptions about disability in dance. Critic Donald Hutera has described Anjali as “one of the brightest companies in British Dance.”

Tickets for Genius cost £13.50, £11 for concessions and £8 for students/U18s.

For bookings and more information, visit the Dance City website or call 0191 261 0505.