DanceXchange announces spring season at The Patrick Centre

17 Jan 2018

Manuel Liñán’s ‘Sinergia’

DanceXchange (dx), the Birmingham dance house, announces its latest performance season which runs from 8 February until 26 April as the company builds up to the award-winning Birmingham International Dance Festival 1 – 24 June 2018. 

Discover passion and power in bold, outstanding dance theatre performances at The Patrick Centre including:

  • A striking dance/theatre re-imagining of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of power, corruption and murder, Macbeth, by award winning Mark Bruce Company
  • A thrilling dance triple-bill Terra Firma which tells stories drawn from the very ground on which we build our communities, featuring choreography by Caroline Finn, Marcos Morau and Mario Bermudez Gil presented by National Dance Company Wales
  • The world premiere of DanceXchange Associate Carlos Pons Guerra’s TORO: Beauty and the Bull, a gender-questioning take on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast
  • Sinergia created and performed by Manuel Liñán, one of the most celebrated flamenco dancers of the moment

Lucie Mirkova, Interim Artistic Director at DanceXchange said:

“This short but strong season features extraordinary story-telling, great physicality and outstanding choreography by some of the best UK companies and international artists.  We’re particularly thrilled to be presenting the world premiere of DanceXchange Associate Artist Carlos Pons Guerra’s latest work, which promises to be thought-provoking.

“At the moment we’re also focused on finalising the programme for the biennial Birmingham International Dance Festival that will take place from 1- 24 June 2018, and we’re really looking forward to announcing some of the highlights in the next few weeks.”

The dx spring season opens on 8 and 9 February with the multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company and their haunting new re-imaginging of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. With direction and choreography by visionary artistic director Mark Bruce, a cast of nine outstanding performers and dramatic design by the same creative team behind Dracula and The Odyssey, Mark Bruce Company’s Macbeth will realise a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means.

National Dance Company Wales returns to The Patrick Centre on the 1 and 2 March with Terra Firma, a triple-bill featuring The Green House by Caroline Finn, Tundra by Marcos Morau and Atalaÿ by Mario Bermudez Gil. Beautifully unsettling and full of character, The Green House brings the outside in; on a Wes-Anderson style TV set, the ‘stars’ are stuck in a never-ending loop. Tundra is a barren landscape where ultra-modern creativity blinks into life and tears pages from Russian folk dance and revolution. Atalaÿ is a watchtower from which far-off lands can be seen from four points; a contagious dance influenced by the warmth of the Mediterranean.

Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and his company DeNada Dance bring the world premiere of TORO: Beauty and the Bull on 22 and 23 March. Set in a dystopian South American landscape and based on the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, TORO is a darkly comic and melodramatic spectacle, where a young girl is gambled by her father and won by a female bull and her tribe of animals in drag. TORO is a filmic, postcolonial tale about the fear and demonization of anything other, exploring issues of homophobia, colonisation and immigration.

The season comes to an electrifying end on 26 April as Sinergia (Synergy) expresses the inner feelings and emotions of its creator and dancer Manuel Liñán, one of the most celebrated flamenco dancers of the moment. With his personal and innovative approach to flamenco, Liñán brings to the UK raw power, determination and artistry that will delight his audiences. Sinergia includes the most representative traditional flamenco palos, from tangos to soleá and many others, that in a seamless blend make a distinctive performance which has already become a reference amongst the aficionados as one of the most innovative flamenco evolved from tradition and knowledge that is presented live today.

Hot on the heels of the spring season DanceXchange’s award winning biennial Birmingham International Dance Festival returns from 1 – 24 June 2018. Expect programme announcements in the coming weeks to include an amazing three weeks of dance in venues and outdoors which will see the whole city get dancing!

Throughout the performance season, DanceXchange will be running its highly popular dance class programme, offering a wide variety of styles to suit all ages and skill levels.  This season includes new classes for adults in Ballroom, African Dance Workout, Musical Tap and Commercial, plus an expansion of the Saturday programme for children and young people which includes Street Dance, Musical Tap and Ballet.

To find out more about the spring season including sneak previews of the shows, or to check out the full range of dance classes, visit the DanceXchange website