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Highly Anticipated Autumn Season for Dance in Ipswich

DanceEast is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for their Autumn Season of performances at the Jerwood DanceHouse Studio Theatre. After over a year of closure, DanceEast is set to showcase an exciting collection of truly brilliant artists and their companies, who have all performed at the Jerwood DanceHouse before – some returning with crowd favourites, others with exciting new works. 

The curtain will raise once again in September (17 & 18) with Botis Seva’s BLKDOG, performed by his powerhouse company Far From the Norm. BLKDOG is a haunting commentary on surviving adulthood as a childlike artist. A blend of hip hop dance and free-form antics, the performance explores the inner battlefield of an ageing artist trying to retain his youth. 

BLKDOG – Far From The Norm

“Amazing performance from Far From the Norm last night at DanceEast. Really struck something in me, still feeling it today. Botis Seva you are incredible!” – Audience member, February 2020

On September 24, critically renowned choreographer Didy Veldman will return to DanceEast with her company, Humanoove. Growing up in unified Europe and now living in the UK post-Brexit, Didy and an internationally diverse creative team want to discover how we feel at home, especially after a year when home is all that we have known.

@Home will be followed by Anti-Body on October 8, created by former DanceEast Associate Artist, Alexander Whitley. With a rapidly established reputation for creating highly ambitious and intellectually engaged work with innovation and digital technology at its core, Whitley’s Anti-Body explores the biological form of the human body and the technological drive to transcend it and the desire to be unique as well as part of something larger than ourselves.

Anti-Body – Alexander Whitley Co

“Dancers become cogs in the machine of Whitley’s visually dazzling take on technology” – The Observer on Overflow, May 2021

As part of SPILL Festival, DanceEast will present Gone, Gone Beyond on October 27, an immersive audio-visual spatial cinema work by People Like Us, which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what is behind.  

Gone, Gone Beyond – People Like

November 25, 26 & 27 will see the return of Shechter II, Hofesh Shechter’s renowned apprentice company performing the acclaimed Political Mother Unplugged. Shechter II draws audiences into a world of raw emotion and intense sensations, driven by their signature contagious tribal movement, a new landscape of digital, animated projections and the dancers’ extraordinary skill and honesty.

★★★★★ ‘… as ambitious and as heads-down, hair-prickingly exhilarating as modern dance gets…’ – The Telegraph on Political Mother, 2010

These are just a small handful of the performances coming up at the Jerwood DanceHouse this Autumn, with tickets soon to be released for DanceEast’s Christmas show, Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company. This family favourite will be back by popular demand, bringing to life the famous marionette as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy. Stay tuned to hear when tickets are released for Pinocchio and some other fantastic shows later this year.

A scene from Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company @ Stour Centre, Ashford Kent.

Tickets are on sale now for DanceEast Friends and will be available to the general public on Friday 16 July, at www.danceeast.co.uk. Keep a close eye on the DanceEast social media channels and website for further news on the reopening of the Jerwood DanceHouse and how you can get involved. 

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