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Yorkshire Dance announces curator of Juncture 2016 festival

11 Apr 2016

Gillie Kleiman photo Camilla Greenwell

Gillie Kleiman photo Camilla Greenwell

After two successful festivals in 2012 (curated by Charlotte Vincent) and 2014 (curated by Wendy Houstoun), Juncture, a festival of contemporary dance, is back in October 2016. Yorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that this year’s Juncture will be curated by artist Gillie Kleiman.

Juncture is an initiative designed to bring new dance work, professional development, critical debate and innovative performance practice to Leeds.

Gillie is currently selecting works made with non-professional performers, to be staged in a range of venues around Leeds over a long weekend from 27 – 30 October. The programme will be announced later this spring but artists confirmed already include theatre company Quarantine, choreographer and dancer Lucy Suggate and filmmaker Sara Lindström from Sweden, who will be commissioned to make a new film featuring people from Leeds.

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.”

Many of the performances and events will be free of charge, and happen in public places or venues not usually associated with dance.

Wieke Eringa, CEO & Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance says, “It is hugely exciting to shine the spotlight on contemporary performance which is made with non-professionals and work in which asks something different from an audience.

“This work challenges both our traditional understanding of what dance can be and what it means to perform whilst exploding our perception of ‘community dance’. There is humour, humanity and plenty of physicality in the way the programme is shaping up with many of the works highlighting the very personal and intimate act of what it means to dance for each of us, therefore a true celebration of dance.”