DanceEast reveals biggest summer season yet

DanceEast's CAT End of Year Show returns as part of the new season

DanceEast's CAT End of Year Show returns as part of the new season - Credit: Archant

Things begin with some new work - part of the New Wolsey Theatre’s Pulse Festival - which includes a double bill from Rhiannon Faith and The Hiccup Project plus an exclusive work in progress presentation of Gecko’s new piece The Wedding which they will tour next year, writes entertainment writer Wayne Savage.

The MBM Schools Performance Platform is another highlight. Photo: Mike Kwasniak

The MBM Schools Performance Platform is another highlight. Photo: Mike Kwasniak - Credit: Archant

Company Chameleon perform at the Jerwood DanceHouse for the first time with Beauty of the Beast, described as unforgettable, funny and moving with Rage Against the Machine, athleticism, beauty and Bach.

Stephanie Schober presents Tracing Gestures, which combines drawing, video projection, theatre and dance.

The second annual Move | Be Moved Festival offers plenty of chances for community groups to get involved with performances and events including HOST, a day packed with workshops, presentations and performances related to older people dancing.

For young people there’s The Adventures of The Little Ghost, a family-friendly performance which gives audiences the chance to get involved; and summer schools for seven-11 years and 12-18 years.


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The National Youth Dance Company returns after a sell-out show last year and classical dance fans are in for a treat with two productions taking place outside the DanceHouse.

DanceEast and Wild Space present an immersive promenade performance by the National Ballet of Canada Choreographic Associate Robert Binet at Abbey Hall, just outside Eye, featuring live music and a cast of young dancers from around the world.

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Suffolk Community Foundation and The Royal Ballet’s Gary Avis, a DanceEast trustee, bring Royal Ballet friends, for only the second time in half a century, and Anton du Beke, to the Ipswich Regent.

DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training students will present their usual end of year show with a mixed bill of original works commissioned by some of the most influential national and international choreographers.

Brendan Keaney, artistic director, says: “We’re also excited to announce our Christmas show this year will be Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company. Jasmin’s Park was a huge hit with Ipswich audiences a few years ago and we’re delighted to welcome her back to the DanceHouse. Tickets go on general sale on May 6 and I would urge you to book early to avoid disappointment.”

Click here for the full line-up of shows as well as summer classes, workshops and summer schools.

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