Mini festival of contemporary dance theatre comes to Harrogate

This June Harrogate Theatre are showcasing some of the best Contemporary Dance Theatre on tour.

Written and performed by Pauline Mayers, What If I Told You (1 June) carefully balances dance and theatre, immersing us in Pauline’s world where people make assumptions based on her gender, background and race. She defies these expectations, tearing up the narrative that society has tried to impose on her.

Described as 'a thought-provoking and powerful piece of work', (The Culture Vulture) it asks us to reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures.

Repertoire theatre company, Sardoville, premiere their double bill, A Matter of Impression (2 June) giving audiences a chance to get up close and personal with their unique performance style; highly physical, intellectually endearing and emotionally charged. The company’s style deconstructs the production bringing the backstage into view. As well as seeing the collaboration between performers you will also witness are the actual components of the production collaborating in front of your eyes.

A Matter of Impression will begin with a curtain raiser performed by local students from St John's Fishers School in Harrogate. Two separate dance pieces will then be intertwined. A reworking of Sardoville’s ‘The Dancing Plague’ will be followed by a new piece by acclaimed choreographer Luca Silvestrini who brings his trademark comedic style to the stage creating thrilling dynamic, physical theatre with a humorous spin on life.

“Mature dance theatre superbly performed…I will cherish this” Graham Watts – London Dance

If you’re in the mood for some quirky and outrageous dance theatre, Rhiannon Faith brings Scary Sh*t (3 June) to the studio. This is a show about friendship, being a woman and asking for help. It is a courageous experiment following two young women attending CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to learn about themselves, the world and maybe find a future without fear. Watch them as they transition from Scary Sh*t, to recovery and healing through the language of dance, comedy and theatre.

Described as “bold, brave and moving” by the Evening Standard and “presented with wit and poignancy”” by The Observer.