IT IS the event that perhaps more than any other, transforms people’s lives.
The arrival of a new baby means big changes for every member of its family and has a big impact on relationships.
Little wonder then that choreographer Liv Lorent found in that scenario, the material for a rich piece of dance theatre which she has called Blood, Sweat and Tears.
See it and perhaps relive your own family experiences when the company arrives at the Lawrence Batley Theatre on Wednesday as part of a national tour.
Creating pieces whether of art, music, theatre or dance can benefit hugely from the experiences and observations of those involved.
So just what did Liv, the award-winning artistic director of the company that bears her name, bring in a personal sense, to this particular piece of dance theatre.
Blood, Sweat and Tears premiered early last year. Her son Albie, was born in summer 2008.
And did creating the piece change her own family dynamics in any way?
“Through this piece I have sometimes felt that woven into the creation is the discovery of absolute unconditional love I have for my son, and an explanation to my partner that I am at the mercy of that.
“Thankfully I have a very intelligent partner who is used to me using my life experiences as resources in order to make dance that has truth as a backbone.”
Seven dancers perform this piece about the ups and downs of unconditional love.
Follow a young couple and the extraordinary transformations they undergo as they learn to cope with becoming a family.
“I like to use aspects of truth as well as fiction to make a piece that will work dramatically,” says Liv.
“Blood, Sweat & Tears is really about love; how the arrival of a baby introduces a completely new, overwhelming aspect of love into an already loving relationship and how that love and the ensuing emotional challenge is managed.”
Liv is renowned for creating exciting dance works which are challenging and beautiful. One critic said her work “challenged both your heart and your head.”
“I enjoy drawing new audiences to balletLORENT,” continues Liv, “and I hope that people can find a way into dance through my work - especially through the acute emotional and physical dedication of the dancers.
“The content of each piece I make is purposefully understandable – even as the dance styles used are rich and varied. I am interested in the reach from human to human.”
Liv founded her company on graduating from Laban and soon became Associate Artist at the Place. She then relocated to Newcastle to become resident choreographer at DanceCity where Ballet Lorent is now based.
Her work has won many awards including the Jerwood Choreography Award in 2001 and the Arts Foundation Choreography Award four years later.
The music for the show is by composer and sound artist Ben Ponton who has worked on many of the company’s productions over the last 10 years.
Costumes are by couture costume designer Paul Shriek who launched his Limited Edition label 30 years ago.
He has worked with many names in fashion, dance, theatre and music including Welsh National Opera, Diversions, Scottish Dance Theatre, Virtual Motion, the Balletboyz, and many more.
The company’s dancers on this tour are Jon Beney, Baptiste Bourgougnon, Gwen Berwick, Gary Clarke, Gavin Coward, Meritxell Pan Cabo and Philippa White .
The company is at the LBT on February 16 for just one performance.
Before the 7.30pm main stage show is a chance to join a pre-performance event where Liv will give an insight to how the show was created.
Tickets from the box office on 01484 430528.