Vincent Dance Theatre at Yorkshire Dance

by sophieinkster on January 15, 2015

Vincent Dance Theatre at Yorkshire Dance

Yorkshire Dance are pleased to announce the return of Vincent Dance Theatre to the region. 21 Years / 21 Works is a series of events which offers an opportunity to delve in, and investigate the company’s history of work from 1994 to 2015. 21 Years / 21 Works specifically looks at Artistic Director and Choreographer Charlotte Vincent’s film and production work for the company, exploring the politics and personal experiences that have shaped and driven Vincent’s work over these two decades.

On Friday 27 March, will be Archive & Engagement Space, Thinking Backwards and Look At Me Now, Mummy.

In addition to a programme of interaction and engagement through an installation, a performance and a talk, there is also the opportunity for performers, makers and choreographers to take part in a Choreographic Residency with Charlotte Vincent. This 5 day residency will offer you an opportunity to explore Vincent’s approach to making work, devise and scrutinise new ideas and test out these ideas in front of an invited audience.

Vincent is an experienced maker, mentor, director and dramaturg and her skills lie in the development and distillation of ideas, clarifying structures and compositions and in identifying the emotional, intellectual and physical core of what a performer is trying to ‘say’ .This residency process aims to generate new material individual to each participant that may become an authentic starting point for the development of new work.

We think this opportunity will be relevant for experienced choreographers and makers as well as those who may be just starting out in their careers.

This residency will take place from Monday 20-Friday 24 July 2015 and is £80Places are limited, if you are interested please register your interest with

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Dancing into Trinity Leeds

by sophieinkster on January 12, 2015

Yorkshire Dance is delighted to be working in partnership with Trinity Leeds.  In 2015 we aim to work together on a variety of projects which aim to engage Trinity shoppers in a spectacular of experiences, be it through creating choreography, participating in a performance and watching dance.

The first project kicks off on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 January when we are presenting the record-breaking interactive dance performance The Dance WE Made.

Tim Casson will be in Trinity Leeds shopping centre working with members of the public in devising choreography and creating dances together.  These newly created dances are then performed to the public, filmed and posted online for the world to see!!

In order to engage our local dance artists Tim is working with Rachel O’Neill, Ellen Turner and Bobak Walker on the first phase of The Dance WE Made. The three artists will work with Tim from Friday (24 Jan), observing his approach to delivering this project and will then have their own chance to try out their new skills on Sunday in Trinity Leeds.

In June we will embark on a larger scale version of the project in which Tim will work with five community dance groups who currently work with Yorkshire Dance in creating a flash mob version of The Dance WE Made.  The project will be in residence at Trinity Leeds from the 1– 6 June.

To see the finished outcome of this work, and to find out more, make sure to keep an eye on the Yorkshire Dance website!

Find out more about The Dance WE Made here.

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Irwin Mitchell raises over £10,000 for Yorkshire Dance

Irwin Mitchell performance

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Dance Visions Conference 2014

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Northern Platforms live: Live Bites success

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