Dance performers in terrific motion.
DANCE continues for many to be one of the big draws at the Lawrence Batley Theatre. And again this season, there are shows to excite and to captivate. Dance to make you smile and to think.
For with just three companies, the theatre has managed to cover a lot of dance ground. The In Motion dance season begins at the Huddersfield theatre in April with Rudra, a piece from Manasamitra, a Yorkshire-based, artist-led organisation formed nine years ago to promote traditional Indian music and dance.
In Rudra, choreographer Sonia Sabri, working in contemporary Kathak, has brought together four regional dancers with contemporary and Indian dance backgrounds.
There's an original score by Shri Sriram and in Huddersfield, a violinist and a percussionist will accompany the soundtrack. In this performance expect echoes of ancient Indian mythology and its cycle of peace, disturbance, love and lament.
So how do you follow that? With something completely different, seems to be the LBT's view.
The theatre's director Victoria Firth was so blown away by a show that she saw at the Edinburgh festival that she just had to book it.
It's by Pirates of the Caribana and is called quite simply, Flown.
You will soon see why. It has a flavour of circus but much, much more. This is a troupe of acrobats, aerialists, stuntmen and musicians with a story to tell. It's packed with humour, stunts that will have you on the edge of your seat and quite possibly with your jaw permanently in the dropped position. Certainly one of the biggest and bravest shows of the season. It's on April 23 and 24. Last, but never least, in this short dance season are Phoenix Dance Theatre, long-time favourites with LBT audiences.
The company returns to the theatre with a triple bill full of treasures, two of them new, one from the company's archive.
The performance in late May offers a chance to see Document, the first UK work by exciting European choreographic duo Ivgi and Greben.
The second new work comes from the company's former artistic director, Darshan Singh Bhuller , his first for them since 2006. Darshan, inspired by his father's journey from east to west, has created a new piece called Mapping.
The triple bill is completed by a piece which since it was first performed in 2005 has become an audience favourite. See Blue Through sees the audience plunge into a mysterious, undersea world thanks to the fascinating choreography of Didy Veldman.
For full details on tickets and performance times, call the box office on 01484 430528 or go online, www.thelbt.org
'Troupe of acrobats, aerialists, stuntmen and musicians with a story to tell.'
| DANCE FAVOURITES: The LBT welcomes back Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre in a triple bill including a new piece called Document