Dance meets digital with Jo Cork’s new exciting film work inspired by mental health, childhood nostalgia, and recognisable cartoon and fairytale characters. Jo experiments with movement for film, editing, and unusual ways of present film work including 3D holograms!View Site
Oli Bentley – Split Design
Oli Bentley is a Leeds based designer and facilitator who founded Split Design, a graphic design agency based at Yorkshire Dance. Blurring boundaries between art, design, and music, Split have been working on developing a body of exhibition work influenced by what it means to be from the North, exploring societal division in the North of England today as well as issues of race, class, gloablisation, the legacy of deindustrialisation.View Site
Emma Clayton – Blood Memory Dance
Inspired by the local community, Emma Clayton creates work with and for the people. Sharing local stories, memories and culture through dance, music and creative workshops, Blood Memory Dance encourages all generations to intermingle.View Site
Through contemporary dance, dialogue, and explorations of mental health and anxiety, Caldonia’s relatable work gives the audience an insight into the inner workings of the mind. Caldonia is interested in performing in alternative venues, including hospitals, and rural touring.
Rachel Johnson – Experiential
Breath-taking and mesmerising, Experiential is a mixed-media company that fuse dance, film and music to break down the forth wall and sways away from the traditional viewing experience. They encourage audiences to swap their role as observer for a participatory one where they are free to wander and react.
…encouraging viewers to bring personal experience to the work – The GuardianView Site
Interweaving irreverent physicality, arresting characters and original writing, Gracefool Collective create dance which shines a light on the foibles and idiosyncrasies of modern society. The humour and cheekiness of their work is interlaced with a political content and intellectual rigour that challenges audiences and breaks new ground.
Gracefool Collective’s work is challenging, fresh, exciting and political. This is the kind of Dance Theatre that I want to see more of! – Ian Morley, Theatre ProgrammerView Site