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DanceXchange announces autumn performance season

31 Aug 2017

Uchenna Dance in ‘The Head Wrap Diaries’. Image by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

DanceXchange (dx), the Midlands-based dance house, announces its latest performance season from 22 September until 2 December 2017.

The new season at The Patrick Centre sees dx present performances that are inspired by the science behind the sun and the magic of the moon; an exploration of the cathartic power of dance and the enduring link between dance and music; and shared stories of womanhood and community. In addition, at Birmingham Weekender festival in September, dx will be showcasing work by its current Associate Artists and producing two new outdoor performances which will go on to premiere at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018.

The Birmingham Weekender programme includes:

  • Two new outdoor performances co-commissioned by International Dance Festival Birmingham 2018 and Birmingham Weekender Festival; Modern Warrior, a fast paced kung fu inspired performance by Rosie Kay Dance Company and Moon by 2Faced Dance Company, a circus-based family show.
  • Two performances presented by current dx’s Associates; a preview of DeNada Dance Theatre’s new work TORO: DeNada’s Beauty and the Bull in The Patrick Centre, and ORBIS, a visually astonishing duet by Humanhood, which takes place outdoors in the round.

The Patrick Centre programme includes:

  • Dance, film and music combine to take audiences on a journey through the universe with Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s unique 8 Minutes.
  • In partnership with Fierce Festival, Lucy Suggate’s Pilgrim explores the transformative qualities of dance whilst Michele Rizzo’s HIGHER, a UK premiere, takes audiences clubbing, experiencing the cathartic power of dance.
  • The Head Wrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance brings audiences a unique blend of House, Waacking and Vogue fused with African and Contemporary dance.
  • Zero, a visually and sonically mesmerising duet by Humanhood
  • The world premiere of What the Moon Saw by 2Faced Dance Company, a re-imagination of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale through dance and circus performance for young audiences.

Lucie Mirkova, Artistic Director at DanceXchange said:

“From the science of the sun to the magic of the moon, we look forward to presenting work by some of the UK’s most exciting choreographers and dance companies as part of our autumn performance season. We are particularly excited about the continued development of our strong partnerships with Fierce Festival and Birmingham Weekender. With Fierce we will be presenting two exciting choreographic works exploring club culture. At Birmingham Weekender we are presenting work by our current and past Associate Artists, showcasing the great choreographic talent based in the West Midlands.”

The programme begins on Friday 22 September with a preview of TORO: DeNada’s Beauty and the Bull in The Patrick Centre, as part of the Birmingham Weekender festival, which takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 September.  Developed by dx Associate Artist Carlos Pons Guerra and his company DeNada Dance Theatre, the show is a gender-questioning take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, which will eventually premiere as part of the dx 2018 Spring Season.  On Saturday 23 September dx Associate Artist Humanhood presents Orbis in a thrilling outdoor setting.  A visually astonishing duet, Orbis revisits the mystical place the Moon holds in the history of human culture.

Birmingham Weekender also features two new outdoor shows commissioned by DanceXchange as part of the Big Idea strand.  Moon by 2Faced Dance Company, is a family show with a circus theme, which takes place on Saturday 23 September, while on Sunday 24 September Kung Fu meets dance in Modern Warrior by Rosie Kay Dance Company. Both shows will go on to be presented at International Dance Festival Birmingham in June 2018.

The Patrick Centre season launches with Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s critically acclaimed new show 8 Minutes on Tuesday 3 October. This unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, sees choreographer Alexander Whitley take inspiration from solar science research, in particular the fact that it takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth.  With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes takes the audiences on a journey through the universe.

In partnership with Fierce Festival, over consecutive nights, audiences experience the power of dance. Lucy Suggate’s Pilgrim on 20 October is a physical journey through the mystical sound scores created by Electronic Musician James Holden. It is a reminder of the ancient and enduring kinship between dance and music and the deeply transformative qualities of both.  The UK premiere of Michele Rizzo’s HIGHER on 21 October, is inspired by the experience of clubbing and club dancing exploring the cathartic power of dance as a form of prayer and celebration of existence.

The Head Wrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance on 2 November sees three fierce, clever and witty female characters share stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship and most importantly, hair. Set within a South London hair-salon called BE U Tiful, The Head Wrap Dairies immerses audiences in a personal journey from childhood to the present day told through a unique blend of House, Waacking and Vogue fused with African and Contemporary dance, accompanied by a commissioned soundtrack of Afro house, folk, electronic dance music, jazz and Ghana gospel.

Humanhood’s Zero on 16 November asks the audience, if we start at point zero, how would we look at reality and experience life? A visually and sonically mesmerising performance includes immersive sound, hypnotising lights and virtuosic movement, where the two dancers take a ritualistic journey.

The season culminates on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December with a world premiere of 2Faced Dance Company’s What the Moon Saw, a brand new dance and circus performance for little ones and their families. This interactive re-imagination of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale will delight, excite and charm audiences. Designed as an immersive experience, audience members are invited to join in the fun and come dressed in their pyjamas.

Throughout the performance season, DanceXchange will be running its hugely popular dance class programme beginning on 18 September.  The programme offers a huge variety of styles to suit all ages and skill levels and this season includes new classes for adults in Ballroom, African Dance Workout, Musical Tap and Commercial, plus circus skills for 7-11yrs.

To find out more about the autumn season including sneak previews of the shows or to check out the full range of dance classes visit www.dancexchange.org.uk