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Preview of the Autumn 2015 Season at Newcastle’s Dance City

Preview of the Autumn 2015 Season at Newcastle’s Dance City Theatre

Dance City the North East’s leading theatre for dance is excited to announce its autumn 2015 Season. The biggest dance performance programme outside London, sees some of the UK’s leading dance companies performing live in Dance City’s purpose-built theatre.

Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point Photo: Nik Mackey
The season includes Ockham’s Razor’s Tipping Point, an impressive and dynamic new piece with circus tricks, theatrics and aerial dance; Joss Arnott Dance perform an incredible triple bill including a live performance with GRAMMY award-winning Dame Evelyn Glennie and music and dance combine for a stunning evening where Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance perform the extraordinary Goldberg Variations.

The season has three great shows for children and families which will also appeal to an adult audience. Two performances form part of Juice Festival:-  Shhh!by C-12 Dance Theatre is a lively, visual and fun piece that tells the tale of a local community who come together when their local library is threatened with closure and Just Jam Intl: Jam and Juice, a celebration of North East and International Hip Hop talent. The Little Match Girl is a stunning festive show based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, with great contemporary dance, live music, fabulous sets and beautiful costumes.


Tickets are available online at, in person by popping into Dance City or by calling the Ticket office on 0191 261 0505. Ticket prices start at just £5.

Book 2 shows for £22, 3 shows £33 or 4 shows £44. Book tickets for both Shhh! and The Little Match Girl for £10.


Dance Edits
Thursday 24 September, 6pm
Age: all
Tickets: £5

Dance Edits is a night of new work by dance makers based in the North East. The pieces are all short (5-10 minutes), and the work will be extremely varied. There are 8 different pieces commissioned by Dance City in a range of styles. If you want a snapshot of contemporary dance it’s a really good event to attend to explore dance and find out more. Dance Edits features work by Adam Russell, Surface Area Dance Theatre, Newton's Ladder, James Southward, Tim Rubidge, Lizzie J Klotz, Viv Wood & Co and Tess Chaytor.

Autumn Tour
National Dance Company Wales
Saturday 3 October, 8pm | Sunday 4 October, 2pm
Age: all
Tickets: £15, £12.50 concession, £6 students & under 18’s

Wales’ National Dance Company are coming back to Dance City, with three contrasting pieces by three leading choreographers. Enjoy the theatricality of Walking Mad, the humour of Tuplet and the rock soundtrack of A Mighty Wind. This brilliantly fun production will leave you feeling full of life, inspired and with a smile on your face.

DANCE CLASS: a performance
Gillie Kleiman
Thursday 8 October, 6.30pm & 8.30pm
Age: 14+
Tickets: £5

This dance class wants to be a show (it wants to shine, be in the limelight). In the dance class performance all the participants do some dancing and do some watching (even at the same time). Open to all levels of dancers and spectators. Come in comfortable clothing and be prepared to watch and dance without shoes. You won’t sweat too much, honest. 

Falling in Love with Frida
The Life, Loves and Legacy of Frida Kahlo
Caroline Bowditch
Thursday 15 October, 7.30pm
Age: 16+
Tickets: £12.50, £9.50 concession, £6 students & under 18’s

Falling in Love with Frida, merges visual arts, spoken word and dance and you’re given an insight into Frida Kahlo’s life that will not only open your mind, but reflect on how other people are viewed in society. It’s a unifying experience for the entire audience. Glasgow based performance artist and choreographer, Caroline Bowditch, describes herself as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. This performance will be BSL interpreted.

C-12 Dance Theatre
Wednesday 28 October, 2pm & 4pm
Age: 7+ and adults
Tickets: £6

A story of love, flying overdue library books and a dancing librarian. Shhh!is a lively, visual and fun piece that tells the story of a group of people whose local library is at the heart of their community. When a developer wants to knock it down they come together to try and save it. Expect dancing, jumping, climbing and acrobatics. Children and adults will be enthralled. Presented as part of Juice Festival. For details of accompanying workshops visit 

Just Jam Intl: Jam and Juice
Bad Taste Cru and Juice Festival
Saturday 31 October, 7pm
Age: All
Tickets: £12

Jam and Juice is a celebration of North East and international hip hop talent. Incorporating workshops during the day and a performance in the evening, this festival of B-boy and B-girl culture is a joyous collection of all things hip hop. It’s great fun. Commissioned by Juice Festival. For details of the full programme visit 

Tipping Point
Ockham’s Razor
Wednesday 4 November, 7.30pm | Thursday 5 November, 7.30pm | Friday 6 November, 7.30pm | Saturday 7 November, 8pm.
Age: all
Tickets: £14-£18, £12.50 concession, £6 students & under 18’s

Ockham's Razor create original and ground breaking physical theatre and dance work. They return with their fourth full length production Tipping Point. The show is set in the round, the five performers enclosed within the circle of the stage. They take the simplest of equipment, 5 metre metal poles, and transform them into a rich landscape of images - a thin path picked through a mountain, the swell of the sea, a forest balancing on the tips of fingers…The performers balance, climb, spin and cling to this teetering, changing world, supporting each other as they wrestle and play with the moment when things begin to shift and tilt towards the tipping point. The audience are drawn close to the action as the toppling poles are cast out beyond the circle of the stage and over their heads. Produced by Turtle Key Arts.

Joss Arnott Dance and Dame Evelyn Glennie
Friday 13 November, 7.30pm | Saturday 14 November, 8pm
Age: all
Tickets: £20, £15 concession, £6 students & under 18’s

This autumn, critically acclaimed Joss Arnott Dance present a triple bill that will take you on a gripping journey through powerful, precise and heart-pounding choreography that has made the company one of the most exciting voices in British contemporary dance. Joss Arnott Dance has joined forces with GRAMMY award-winning and 2015 Polar Music Prize laureate Dame Evelyn Glennie, who has collaborated with the company's Musical Director James Keane, to create the thundering score she will perform live onstage for the climax of the triple bill - Wide Awakening. 5|0 is a birthday celebration marking the company’s 5th and Dame Evelyn’s 50th so expect a high-octane, adrenaline-fuelled evening of dance and live music. 5|0 is a co-commission between Blackpool Grand, DanceEast, Swindon Dance, Pavilion Dance, South East Dance, CAST and developed with Dance City. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and PRS for Music Foundation.

Goldberg Variations
Scottish Ensemble and Andersson Dance
Friday 20 November, 7.30pm & Saturday 21 November, 8pm
Age: all
Tickets: £20, £15 concession, £6 students & under 18’s

Eleven musicians. Five dancers. One stunning new interpretation. 
This great Baroque piece of music, meshed with contemporary dance creates a passionate and inspired piece of music and dance. It’s a pleasure to watch how the dancers respond to the musician’s emotional rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. A magical combination. The 11 musicians and 5 dancers perform Goldberg Variations as equal partners – both choreographed, the result is a singular experience of musician and dancer performing as one.

The Little Match Girl
Arthur Pita
Tuesday 1 December, 7pm | Wednesday 2 December, 1pm | Thursday 3 December, 1pm | Friday 4 December, 1pm | Saturday 5 December, 1.30pm & 6pm
Age: 5+ and adults
Ticket: £6

A Magical Dance Theatre Show and Festive Family Treat from celebrated Director and Choreographer Arthur Pita. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music by Frank Moon. A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy Christmas Eve where the Little Match Girl paces the emptying streets, shivering and desperate, trying to sell her matches. Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother, who guides her on a journey through the night sky to the moon, leaving her troubled life behind. Now on a clear night if you look closely you might see a shooting star….. or is it a match burning brightly? Suitable for children aged 5 and over and adults who love a great story, beautifully told.

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