Ipswich: Dracula, butterflies and baby disco among DanceEast’s autumn highlights

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

Tickets for DanceEast’s autumn season have gone on sale, with world premières, some new faces and the welcome return of some familiar ones.

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

Kicking things off is the James Cousins Company with a double bill. Since graduating in 2010 from London Contemporary Dance School, Cousins has quickly established himself as one of the UK’s rising choreographic stars with his work described as abstract yet utterly accessible.

Inspired by Haruki Murakami’s novel Norwegian Wood, he will present the world premiere of Without Stars which tells the other half of his acclaimed duet There We Have Been. It’ll be your first chance to see the two together before they tour nationally and internationally.

“On the same evening we launch our new choreographic development fund specifically set up, thanks to a generous legacy gift, to nurture choreographic talent,” says Brendan Keaney, DanceEast’s artistic director and chief executive.”

The fund will support choreographic talent and the creation of new work with applications opening in 2015.

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

“Highlights over the next few months include Jasmin Vardimon Company with a re-worked version of her witty, modern day fairytale, Park; leading young choreographer Alexander Whitley presents an exciting bill of two works and Mark Bruce Company makes its dance debut in Ipswich with a stunning adaptation of Dracula.

“MOKO Dance returns with Chalk About, a fantastic show for children, schools and families with a free programme of pre and post show arts activities; and Compagnia TPO returns to the DanceHouse with their truly magical Christmas show Butterflies – the perfect interactive performance experience to introduce little ones, aged four and over, to dance.”

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DanceEast is also teaming up with its We Are Ipswich partner Pacitti Company, curators of the SPILL Festival of Performance, with work at Jerwood DanceHouse.

It includes the world premiere of Mehmet Sander and John Bowers’ first collaboration, Animate Objects In Sonic Action, fusing dance and contemporary digital technology and Gob Squad’s Are You With Us? which is described as part group therapy, part performance nightmare.

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

There’s more than just dance performances.

There will be a halloween funday as part of the nationwide Family Arts Festival including a ghoulish range of spine-tingling activities and the return of the Baby Loves To Boogie Children’s Disco for parents or guardians with babies, toddlers and children up to five.

For those aged four–16 there will be fun dance workshops with a special halloween twist, plus face painting, creepy arts and crafts sessions and spooky storytime.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival, the UK’s largest youth drama festival, returns to Jerwood DanceHouse, with four schools performing four different plays.

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

There’s music too, including Steemy Dan and Nine Below Zero who are re-forming their classic Young Ones line-up for a special one-off UK tour.

Tickets for the autumn season are on sale now. For more details about all the shows visit www.danceeast.co.uk

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey

Moko Dance brings Chalk About to DanceEast this autumn. Photo: Eoin Carey - Credit: Archant

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