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Dance East Autumn Season

The autumn 2014 season at DanceEast is on sale from Monday 1st September 2014 and, as always there is something for everyone.

Following a hugely successful run of Freedom in May 2013, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Jasmin Vardimon returns to the Jerwood DanceHouse with her critically-acclaimed dance theatre production, Park on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th October. Park is an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where eight characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive. In this playground of relationships, young lovers wrestle in a historic fountain, a graffiti artist sprays his story, a busker finds his only appreciative audience in a bag lady and a flag-waving bully rants worn-out political beliefs. Their stories intertwine creating a modern day fairytale that is alternately sharp, funny and cruel.

A Halloween Funday will take place on Sunday 26th October. Do your little horrors love getting spooked? DanceEast has a delightfully ghoulish range of Halloween-themed activities that are bound to deliver more than a few spine tingling thrills for children of all ages.

DanceEast is delighted to welcome the return of its We Are Ipswich partner Pacitti Company and the SPILL Festival of Performance with a thought-provoking selection of work at the Jerwood DanceHouse.

Recognised worldwide as the UK’s premier artist-led festival of radical live work, SPILL boast an international reputation for presenting the work of exceptional artists specialising in the fields of experimental theatre, live art and performance from around the globe.

Are You With Us? is an improvised performance that takes place on Saturday 1st November, where Gob Squad ask each other all the questions they are afraid to ask in private, in public. It is part group therapy, part performance nightmare. By turns brutally funny and painfully honest, it is a high stakes game on the verge of a breakdown. Stuck in an endless photo-shoot-cum-therapy-session, the performers change their look from flight attendants to terrorists and more, searching for a group identity where everyone has found their place.
Leading new British choreographer Alexander Whitley, a Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate and 2014 South Bank Award nominee, showcases an exciting bill of two works in his company’s inaugural tour: The Measures Taken commissioned by The Royal Opera House in collaboration with digital artists Marshmallow Laser Feast, and The Grit in The Oyster set to Thomas Adès’ Piano Quintet on Friday 14th November.
Chalk About is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for… Chalk About, Curious Seed in association with MOKO Dance is on Sunday 16th November.
Dracula, One of the UK’s most celebrated and ground-breaking dance companies makes its Jerwood DanceHouse debut for one night only on Saturday 22nd November with a stunning adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic gothic horror novel.

Mark Bruce’s company of ten exceptional dancers bring Stoker’s haunting, erotic tale to life in a heart wrenching and magical dance theatre production. With an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith, Bruce explores choreographic styles ranging from the subtlety of classical etiquette to visceral contemporary dance.

Butterflies is a truly magical Christmas show for children aged four years and over. From chrysalis to butterfly, follow the delightful transformation with TPO Compagnia, one of Italy’s leading children’s theatre companies. Observe a butterfly move. The fluttering of its wings looks as though a delicate paintbrush were painting the air, but it also looks like a dance. This delightful dance sometimes lasts but a day, between dawn and sunset. Dotted with moments of participation, children are invited to watch and join in with the company’s dancers. Paint with your arms, compose lullabies with your feet and chase caterpillars on all fours. Featuring a stunning performance space that is touch sensitive, Butterflies creates an imaginary environment for both performers and curious onlookers alike. Butterflies will be at Dance East from Saturday 13th until Monday 22nd December.

• For further information about performances at DanceEast or to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295230 or visit www.danceeast.co.uk

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