Friday Firsts

Douglas & Air Hunger

Yorkshire Dance presents
Friday Firsts #28: Douglas
& Air Hunger
new works commissioned by respond_
Fri 5 & Sat 6 Dec, 7.30pm
Box Office 0113 243 8765
Book securely online here
Admission £8.00, concessions £6.00

Robbie Synge - DouglasRobbie Synge

Douglas is alone, committed and absorbed in his activity. He seeks connections with his surroundings; conversations that go nowhere and everywhere; a new, live ecology in which he can see and feel his place.

Douglas has its origins in the everyday tasks of the choreographer at his home in The Highlands. A ‘garden shed’ approach initiated a reconsidering of our often trivial or incidental everyday relationship with objects.

Hagit Yakira Air Hunger Project (c) Takaka HasegawaHagit  Yakira
Air Hunger

We often forget that we breathe, but never forget to breathe…

You’re invited to take a moment to inhale deeply. The instance of losing one’s breathe evokes many reactions, images and memories. Performers and audience will share the same breath in a collaboration that will inspire and allow moments of exhalation.

Air Hunger is a sensual, emotional and honest sharing of experiences that will leave you breathless.


RespondThis world premiere of two new dance works is the culmination of a year-long collaboration between Yorkshire Dance, the University of Leeds, Breakfast Creatives and Liz Lerman.

respond_ is a new digital adaptation of Liz Lerman’s renowned Critical Response Process which is enabling people across the world to interact directly with Hagit and Robbie as they share two stages of their works-in-progress online, in September and November 2014.

Hagit’s work will have been shared with a ‘Closed Group’ of individuals  in a process controlled by researchers from University of Leeds, while Robbie’s will have been open to anyone, anywhere in the world. Find out how you can join in here.

respond_ has been developed by the partnership after being selected by Nesta, Arts Council England and Arts & Humanities Research Council as one of over 60 partnerships to receive funding from the £7 million Digital R&D Fund for the Arts.

The respond_ team is testing whether an online adaptation of Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process can deepen audiences’ understanding of and engagement with dance and their empathy with artists; whether it can expand the audience reach of new dance works; and whether it can benefit the creation and development process of new artworks.

The research team will be testing the potential of digital communications technologies to enhance the audience experience and demystify the creative process.

Find out more, and join in, at

Digital R&D Fund