DANCE remains a strong priority on the programming for the Lawrence Batley Theatre with two major companies booked in this spring.
Not surprisingly, the theatre is delighted to have the only Yorkshire date for the Jasmin Vardimon Company. It is, they say, “a bit of a coup.”
The company is no stranger to Huddersfield. It has played the LBT in the past with daring, sharp-edged pieces of physical dance theatre.
The company was founded in London in 1987 and is dedicated to the choreographer of Jasmin Vardimon, associate artist at Sadler’s Well since 2006.
Jasmin is a pioneering choreographer with a talent for story-telling.
She is renowned for her uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style combining physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance.
Together those gifts have produced some extraordinary dance works from a company which swiftly gained a reputation for its physicality and its theatricality.
Today the company is regarded as a major force on the international dance scene and its return to Huddersfield promises a performance to remember.
The new show is called Freedom and is at the LBT on February 25. It features six dancers and many of Jasmin’s choreographic trademarks.
Freedom offers rich visuals, animation, live dance action and inventive set designs.
Following that is the work of dynamic, award-winning choreographer, Rosie Kay.
Rosie trained at London Contemporary Dance School and after a six-year career as a performer formed Rosie Kay Dance Company in 2004.
The company is based in Birmingham and has built a reputation for athletic work that tackles interesting subjects with exciting collaborations.
It arrives in Huddersfield in mid April with a cast of five performers and three jazz musicians to perform a new piece called, There Is Hope.
The setting is 2012 and the world is about to end.
There is one ticket off this so-called poisoned planet. The question is – would you take it?
For this challenging piece which explores faith, Rosie has looked at belief from the seven deadly sins to ancient rituals and contemporary religion.
The performance on April 16 will be followed by a Behind the Scenes discussion.
Tickets and further details from the LBT box office on 01484 430528.