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Press Release: DANCEEAST launch Spring 2018 season; featuring Mark Bruce Company and a premiere from Didy Veldman's Umanoove

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Thursday 30 November 2017





DanceEast offer a vibrant line-up of performances and workshops at the Jerwood DanceHouse. The spring programme, running from January through to May, demonstrates DanceEast’s commitment to provide opportunities to support artists at every stage of their careers as well as develop dance within the community.


Tilted Productions, an Ipswich based company, begin the spring season with a premiere of Constructions of Thin Air, an evolution of their past work, BELONGING(s). This performance will see nine performers merge contemporary dance, physical theatre and everyday objects to transform the stage into shifting architectural landscapes. Supported by DanceEast, this will mark the company’s return to stage after five years of site specific work.


Commissioned by DanceEast, Didy Veldman’s Umanoove will premiere The Knot, which will scrutinise the social and personal significance of marriage in modern Western society. Veldman is a former Rambert dancer and has worked with companies all over the world. The Knot follows Veldman’s critically acclaimed, The Happiness Project, which launched her company at DanceEast in 2016 to a sell-out audience. 


Later in February DanceEast are proud to bring U.Dance 2018, Regional Platform to the University of Bedfordshire with One Dance UK. Young dancers from all over the East of England will come together to celebrate youth dance. Showcasing upcoming talent with a diverse range of styles including contemporary and hip hop; there will be something for everyone from these emerging artists. 


Stopgap Dance Company will move audiences with The Enormous Room. Combining detailed movement with evocative text and design, this performance addresses losing a loved one and the trials of grief. Stopgap Dance Company work with a diverse cast of disabled and non-disabled artists, including David Toole, Paralympic 2012 Opening Ceremony star. DanceEast’s performance group for adults with additional needs, Spin Off, will also present a commissioned film made with StopGAP Dance Company before the performance. 


In March, Sweetshop Revolution returns to the Jerwood DanceHouse with a brand-new piece of dance theatre after a sell-out performance of I Loved You and I Loved You in 2016. Performed during the week of International Women’s Day, BeautifuL is told from a woman’s perspective. This piece will explore love and sexuality, touching on personal experiences of the extraordinary dancers while delving into the history of women’s sexuality for the last three hundred years; empowering women, young and old. Choreographer Sally Marie encourages a discussion of women’s experiences in an accompanying event to mark International Women’s Day. 


Later in March, the multi-award winning Mark Bruce Company is back again and will present a striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth; a tragic descent into the most sinister sides of human nature. This performance is highly theatrical and will see the return of Jonathan Goddard, who played the lead role in the company’s sell-out performances of Dracula in 2014. Commissioned by DanceEast, the cast of nine are blindly consumed by ambition and address a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland. 


2Faced Dance Company presents a magical journey through the night, perfect for little ones and their families, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen and commissioned by DanceEast. What the Moon Saw follows young Jack as he is taken on an amazing adventure across the world by a face familiar to all, the Moon. Jack’s world will come to life in this interactive tale of dance, circus and music; this performance is perfect for a first-time theatre experience.


Completing the season with his first full length theatre work, winner of DanceEast’s Choreographic Development Fund award, Joseph Toonga explores his experience of fatherhood with Daughter, Daughter – Before I Met You. Inspired by real stories from fathers and their daughters, Toonga shines a distinct and sincere light on this profound experience through his signature contemporary style shaped by his knowledge of krump and hip hop dance. 


Alongside this packed programme, DanceEast continues to provide excellent opportunities to get involved in dance. From workshops with the performing companies such as, Tilted Productions and Stopgap Dance Company, to a timetable full of classes. If you are a beginner looking for a creative outlet or a professional in search of inspiration, DanceEast’s doors are open this spring. 

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