Them Two Dance
Yorkshire Dance Amplified is delighted to have co-commissioned Them Two Dance to create a new piece of outdoor work with The Civic, Barnsley and Yorkshire Festival.
Them Two Dance (a.k.a Connor & Katherine) are passionate about making high quality dance available to audiences in outdoor contexts and unusual spaces.
Connor, based in Leeds and Katherine in London have presented outdoor work nationally and internationally together for the past 3 years. They consider humour, strong technicality, theatricality and audience interaction the four key features crucial in making work that is accessible and engages new audiences as well as passers-by.
“Them Two Dance are super excited to be working with Barnsley Civic, Yorkshire Dance and the interesting people that live in the surrounding areas to make our new work Random Acts Of Kindness (working title). This commission is our next big step as a company as we collaborate on making the work together *dun dun dun*.
We hope to meet some lovely people, find some interesting new attire, spread some kindness and maybe even have a little boogie at the same time. We’re going to be engaging with lots of other human beings as part of the process, so if you have something to say about random acts of kindness we’d love to talk to you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter. Watch this space!”
Connor and Katherine, Them Two Dance
Them Two on Tour of Yorkshire
18th June – Grassington Arts Festival
25th June – Holmfirth Arts Festival
26th June – Leeds Waterfront Festival
3rd July – Hebden Bridge Arts Festival
9th July – Mayors Parade, Barnsley
30th July – Harrogate Festival
Find out more information about Them Two Dance here
Yorkshire Dance Amplified supported Grace Surman in producing her most recent solo work THINGS STACK UP. This work was tested in conversation with audiences at Bradford Theatre in the Mill, Yorkshire Dance and Ilkley Moor Vaults Autumn 2015.
Grace was also supported to research and develop a second piece of work, Performance with Hope, in collaboration with Karl Jay-Lewin.
THINGS STACK UP is a story about a woman. She is a good listener and she knows about listening to emotions. All the emotions.
In a performance that asks challenging questions about how we parent, how we educate, how we learn and how we move, Grace Surman takes the space with an authoritative and compelling vulnerability. She jumps wildly, screams loudly, whispers quietly and coaxes us through her manifesto about power, chaos, emotion, education, gender and sexuality.
Grace has previously been supported by Yorkshire Dance through Sketch, an artist development programme working closely with dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers.
To find out more about Grace, take a look at her website.
Yorkshire Dance Amplified is also interested in supporting projects on a smaller scale around artistic development. This is demonstrated by the support given to Non Applicables in Year 1 in developing a piece of work with audiences in new dance spaces during the creative process.
Non Applicables are a rich melange of dance, text, character work and at times food; blurring lines of performance and immersive theatre. They are predominantly based but not biased to Yorkshire and have performed at various locations that encourage audience participation.
Sian and Fenella make work that touches on and pokes fun at contemporary culture in the UK in a straight talking way. They have been under the wing of mentors Gary Clarke, Hunt & Darton and Franco B. You can often stumble across their work in Clubs, warehouses, pubs, working men’s clubs, food halls and festival fields among other suspicious places.
For more information about Non Applicables, please visit their website.
For more information about Amplified, please contact Natalie Duffield-Moore or call 0113 243 9867.