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Press Release: JV2 brings emerging dance talent to Leeds for first time

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JV2 brings emerging dance talent to Leeds for first time



Formed by the internationally acclaimed Jasmin Vardimon Company, JV2 takes to the road this spring with a programme of both new and established work. Performing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre for one performance only on 19 April 2016, JV2 presents JV2 2016a triple bill that showcases the wealth of talent in the current company.



Hand-picked by Artistic Director Jasmin Vardimon, JV2 is an ensemble of 16 young, talented international dancersincluding six dancers who graduated from the Leeds-based Northern School of Contemporary Dance. JV2 is an educational initiative with the mission to develop, encourage and cultivate both young talent and young audiences.  


JV2 2016 features works choreographed by Jasmin Vardimon, AΦE and Vinicius SallesJasmin Vardimon’s work (in between), first created for the National Youth Dance Company in 2013 and premiered at Sadlers Wells, echoes relationships between humans and the natural environment. AΦE, Ashford-basedance company founded by Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura in 2013, presents a work that questions the notion of presence, whilst choreography by Vinicius Salles offers an inquiry of social judgments and an acceptance of differences.


Jasmin Vardimon says: Its a fantastic feeling to support young artists in their first steps in the professional world. I'm very proud of this company’s achievements and excited about the forthcoming tour.’


Tickets for JV2 2016 at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds are on sale now and can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008. All tickets are priced at £10.


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Notes to Editors



Now in its 4th year, JV2 has become a recognized training route for young performers from all over the world, and is just one of the training programmes offered by Jasmin Vardimon Educational Company; the charitable arm to the internationally acclaimed Jasmin Vardimon Company. JV2 offers the opportunity not only to nurture young talented performers, but young costume designers, photographers and lighting designers all collaborate on the production of the touring work. Young choreographers are also commissioned each year to create new work for the company which allows them creative freedom with a company of dancers and a national platform through performances at small and mid-scale venues in a spring tour.


Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre is an intimate studio theatre situated inside the stunning home of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre on Quarry Hill, Leeds. The building was winner of the 2011 National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project. The theatre was named as the best family friendly theatre in Yorkshire in the Netmums Theatre Awards. The theatre also received Best Family Venue, Best Family Event and Best Family Welcome at the 2013 Family Arts Festival Awards. The Stanley & Audrey Burton has signed up to the Family Arts Standards and supports Child Friendly Leeds.

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