Dance on our Main Stage in February

Last week we launched our brand-new spring season, packed with more than 60 different shows and with something for all ages and tastes. You can pick up the What’s On Spring at our box office on Oxford Street now, alternatively everything is also up on the website.

This week I wanted to tell you a little more about two fabulous dance shows we have coming up at Harrogate Theatre. Firstly, ‘Emergence’ on Sat 9th Feb is the MA post graduate company created for dance students at the University of Salford. They’re coming to Harrogate as part of their first ever tour with two brand new original works by Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, and choreographer Joss Arnott.

This is a fabulous opportunity to see some of the dance stars of the future as they emerge from their studies and take their first steps upon the professional stage. 

Emergence comprises two pieces of work. Sharon Watson’s piece And still I walk… was inspired by the women’s suffrage movement and the human struggle for equality and freedom. Drawing on influences from Emeline Pankhurst to Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai, this deeply emotional work examines our continued plight for change and how our collective voices can make a difference.

Choreographer Joss Arnott works in a slightly unusual way when creating a new piece. He starts with a finished piece of music which has been specially commission from composer James Keane. He then works with the dancers to teach them his unique physical language, ingraining it in their muscles before collaborating with them to create the finished work. The epic, cinematic score combined with human rhythms give the piece an emotive thread which builds on Arnott’s concept of empowerment.

The second piece is ‘Women-Wise’, hitting the stage in our main house on 21st February. Untold Dance Theatre brings together an intergenerational cast of seven women who share stories of finding confidence through comedic and thought-provoking dance theatre.  

Women-Wise reveals what it is like to experience a lack of confidence and self-esteem as a woman and how we can find strength in each other. This performance has been informed by real life stories shared in open discussions and workshops with women’s groups. 

Untold Dance Theatre is run by Bristol based choreographer, Vicki Hearne. The company consists of seven professional female dancers with an age range of 22 to 72. Untold’s ethos is to create engaging and relatable dance theatre that tells emotive, authentic and humorous stories.

Perhaps you love dance, or maybe you’ve never really experienced professional contemporary dance before. We all enjoy different things but personally I find dance incredibly captivating and moving. I urge you to consider trying it.