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Preview: A Lyrical Dance Concert

A Lyrical Dance Concert
National Tour
Gillie Kleiman and Eleanor Sikorski

5 NOVEMBER 2014 - 28 FEBRUARY 2015

Tue 24 & Wed 25 February 2015NewcastleNorthern Stage
Sat 28 February 2015 Berwick The Maltings Theatre

Can a party be a comedy double act? And can cabaret also be a gig or an experimental dance performance?  Gillie Kleiman, Sara Lindstrom and guest performer Eleanor Sikorski have all the answers when they tour the UK with A Lyrical Dance Concert from November until spring 2015.

Number-by-ridiculous-number, Gillie and Eleanor take lyrics of chart hits by everyone from Mariah Carey to Jay Z and dance them out – stretching them, turning them, lifting them and throwing them up in the air.  With joyful irreverence and serious fun, this show insists that pop music belongs to us and it can do what we want it to do.

A Lyrical Dance Concert is a contemporary dance performance with DIY glamour. It is in essence a work of reclamation – music, lyrics and dances are borrowed, and with the help of the audience re-imagined, to offer opportunities exploring questions of value, responsibility, care and reverence.

Visual, participatory, gently political and full of fun, audiences are advised to get their glad-rags on and experience this mixed-up whirlwind of glamorous divas, guitar solos and gangster rappers…

Gillie and Sara, both artists working in dance and choreography, met in an artist’s exchange in France in 2010. Realising almost instantly that they shared a love of the twists of language and song that pop music offers, not to mention a common – and ridiculous – sense of humour, they set about planting the seeds of the show in Gillie’s bedroom.

“We’re so excited to be able to meet people across the country with this show. It’s extra exciting this time around, as our great pal Eleanor Sikorski will be joining Gillie on stage.”

A Lyrical Dance Concert was created in co-production with Dance4, with additional support from Dance City, Northern Stage, MDT (Stockholm), and Konstnärsnämnden (Sweden).  It was premiered at Nottdance 2013 in Nottingham, before touring north east England and the East Midlands. The show received its London premiere at Dance Umbrella 2013. Show development and the 2014/5 tour is supported by public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with additional tour support from Chisenhale Dance Space and Greenwich Dance.


Wed 5 Nov, 9pm (doors 8pm), £7/5 Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St Benedicts St, Norwich NR2 4PG, 01603 660352,                 
Fri 7 Nov, Greenwich Dance, Borough Hall, Royal Hill, LondonSE10 8RE, 8pm(doors 7.30), £12 /£9, 020 8293 9741,                                                                                                             
Thu 13 & Fri 14 Nov, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old St, London EC1V 9LT, 7.30pm, £11, 020 7739 6176,

Sat 15 Nov, Nightingale Theatre at The Basement, 24 Kensington Street, Brighton, BN1 4AJ.
7pm, £20/£18 (price includes dinner, and double bill ticket with Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion ‘Body Not Fit For Purpose’)

Wed 19 Nov, Seven Arts, 31(a) Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3PD, 8pm, £8/£6       
0113 26 26 777,
Tue 25 Nov, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy St, Exeter, Devon EX4 3LS, 8pm, £10/8, 01392 667080,

Tue 24 & Wed 25 Feb, Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RH, 8pm, £10/8  0191 230 5151
Sat 28 Feb, 8.30pm The Maltings Theatre, Eastern Lane, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1AJ, £11.50/£10/£7  01289 330 999 

On The Web
Twitter: @GillieKleiman #alyricaldanceconcert

Company Information:
Choreography, original performance, design: Gillie Kleiman and Sara Lindström
Performers for 2014/5 tour: Gillie Kleiman and Eleanor Sikorski
Producer: Beckie Darlington
Additional design: Susie Green

The Cast & Creatives

Gillie Kleiman is an artist based in Newcastleand London. From Gillie’s practice of dance and choreography emerge artworks that manifest as performances, texts, and events, presented in contexts associated with dance, theatre, live art and experimental performance. Gillie is one of a group of artists who run the esteemed BELLYFLOP Magazine, with which her work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells and Dance Umbrella. Independently, her work has been seen at Chelsea Theatre, SPILL National Platform, Siobhan Davies Studios and many other venues and festivals internationally. Alongside her performance-making, she works as a writer, curator, and facilitator, and is a PhD researcher at Roehampton University.

Sara Lindström is an artist from Sweden. Her artistic practice is one of dance and choreography in its broadest manifestations, from live performances to film and site-specific installation work. With MIKS, a London-based dance company, Sara choreographed and performed numerous works between 2005-2011 at Greenwich Dance, Laban, and many more nationally and internationally. Sara has worked extensively as a performer and choreographer with artist duo Lundahl&Seitl, presenting their work at BAC, the Swedish National Theatre, and at the Avignon Festival. Sara’s dance films have been screened widely, and her current creation will be screened on Swedish national television. She is the joint artistic director of multi-arts festival RIK in Norrtälje, Sweden.

Eleanor Sikorski
Eleanor Sikorski is a choreographer and performer whose solo work spans dance, cabaret and comedy. Her latest solos include Big hands, big heart (Dance Umbrella 2014) and Cake (Sadler's Wells Wildcard 2013). She has ongoing collaborations with performer Flora Wellesley Wesley, sound composer Alberto Ruiz Soler and artist Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau. As a dancer she works for choreographers Eva Recacha, Seke Chimutengwende, Alexandre Achour and Igor & MorenoEleanor is also a member of BELLYFLOP - an artist-led magazine curating and writing about contemporary dance in Lond

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