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Juncture 2016: Exploding the customs, habits and traditions around ‘who gets to dance’ on the professional stage

8 Jul 2016

Lucy Suggate, Swarm Sculptures Photo: Amy Sinead Photography

Lucy Suggate, Swarm Sculptures. Photo: Amy Sinead Photography

Juncture 2016 is the first UK festival dedicated to the very best of contemporary dance practice made with non-professional collaborators.

Bringing together internationally renowned artists and choreographers, Juncture is a pick and mix of innovative artworks, from movement installations in art galleries, to intimate performances, workshops and a karaoke party like Leeds has never seen. Running from Thursday 27 October and with a packed programme across the weekend of 29th-30th October, Juncture will take place at venues across the city including Yorkshire Dance and The Tetley.

Juncture 2016 will celebrate, champion and investigate the practice of creating high quality professional choreography with and by people who are ordinarily not seen or valued on the dancing stage; old people, people of different abilities, body types and backgrounds. Audiences can dip in and out of individual performances, and for those who want to delve deeper and explore the themes of the programme, there are a host of workshops from each of the leading artists. This year the biannual festival produced by Yorkshire Dance is curated by Gillie Kleiman who describes the line up in three words; cool, bold and uncompromising”.

Dance makers including Swedish artist Sara Lindström, internationally renowned Yorkshire choreographer Lucy Suggate, London-based choreographer Nicola Conibere and ‘independent conceptual dance outfit’ immigrants and animals will be working with 75 members of the public to bring new participants right in to the heart of the festival. Joining them is experimental theatre company Quarantine with Wallflower, Dance Company Fitzgerald & Stapleton (Time Out New York Critics’ Pick) and the performing artist Grace Surman.

Gillie explains her artistic intent for Juncture 2016: “The community dance movement, folk dance, YouTube dance classes and Strictly all tell us the same thing: everybody dances. Departing from here, this edition of Juncture collects together artworks where the role of the professional dancer is given to someone else, bringing artists, participants and their shared work into conversation about what happens when the dancing is handed over.”

The SPIRIT OF JUNCTURE fundraising campaign will contribute to the cost of bringing these respected artists to West Yorkshire, and will enable audiences and the 75 participants to experience this incredible programme. Yorkshire Dance will be staging a series of fundraising events, including a 24-Hour Dance Relay on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July.

To give to the SPIRIT OF JUNCTURE campaign, visit https://localgiving.org/appeal/spiritofjuncture