THERE’S a triple helping of dance in this autumn’s Lawrence Batley Theatre season.
And the trio of companies on offer should generate plenty of excitement.
All three are contemporary dance companies, all have something to say about life and perhaps about the way we live it.
First in is David Hughes Dance with Vincent Dance Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre to follow. It’s a powerful collection of what’s good about dance today.
If you see David Hughes Dance perform you will not forget it. That’s the company’s own promise.
“We are a confrontational, risque team of superheroes,” say the company.
“We pride ourselves on delivering extremity, action and beauty with integrity, in works which are both enthralling and accessible.
“In true troubadour fashion we will perform anywhere – from a stripped down barn by candle light to a full opera-house spectacular. We endeavour to work with what you have in order to share our work and passion for dance with you!’’ In Huddersfield that’s the Lawrence Batley Theatre then.
The company arrives on Wednesday, October 17, bringing with it The Chinaski Sessions and this is the Scottish-based company’s only Yorkshire date on its present tour.
The show, The Chinaski Sessions, is a collaboration between choreographer Kylie Walters and company founder David Hughes and offers a collision between rock music (courtesy of Belgian duo I Love Sarah) and some of Scotland’s finest dancers.
It’s set in a rock-band’s home studio as they try to finish their new album. Expect vicious drumming, cutting wit, powerful moves and bags of testosterone.
How to follow that? Well the answer is to talk about Motherland using movement, live music, spoken word and song.
Motherland is a new production from Sheffield-based Vincent Dance Theatre and its performance in Huddersfield on Tuesday, November 13, is again, its only Yorkshire tour date.
This funny, moving show, inches its way though air-brushed beauty, boob jobs and Botox, victim-blaming and misled motherhood to discover what it means to be a woman.
Spurred on by the Spice Girls and Simone de Beauvoir, the company goes into battle to argue the case against a narrow, over-sexualised definition of femininity.
The company says its aim is to move people and make them think.
There are community engagement events connected to the tour including workshops, residencies, exhibitions and installations aimed at getting people of all ages and abilities involved.
There’s no confirmation yet on which of those elements will be available in Huddersfield.
Last in this short dance season are old favourites, Phoenix Dance.
This Leeds-based company has an international reputation and a big dance following.
It arrives at the LBT in early December offering a programme of four very different dance pieces.
If you haven’t seen Crossing Points then here’s what may be the last chance to see it.
The programme opens with Ana Luján Sanchez’s surreal and abstract piece, Catch, which was inspired by Magritte’s iconic painting, The Son Of Man.
From Kwesi Johnson there’s Soundclash, a fusion of contemporary, hip-hop, physical theatre and break dancing, while Henri Oguike offers Signal, a piece danced to the stirring rhythms of Japanese Taiko drums.
Finally, don’t miss a chance to see again Aletta Collins’ witty, sassy piece, Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe.
Set to a score by composers Street Furniture, it sees five dancers blend movement and voices to create a fun piece of dance.
Details in the new season’s brochure which is out now.