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Spring Season at DanceEast

DanceEast is delighted to announce a great line-up for audiences of all ages for spring 2017. Performing on Ipswich’s Waterfront at the Jerwood DanceHouse in the new year will be internationally recognised dance companies, a bunch of great family friendly shows as well as community projects and showcases.

With over 70 different languages being spoken in Ipswich today, DanceEast is celebrating this cultural diversity with works inspired by countries and cultures from across the globe. DanceEast is especially proud to welcome internationally recognised choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh to Ipswich for the very first time in February. Having been creating dynamic dance works for over 27 years, Shobana will present Material Men redux performed by two dazzling dancers of Indian heritage.

In March, the classic tale of Carmen is reinterpreted by Tavaziva in Africarmen (12yrs+), fusing ballet, contemporary and African dance to ignite this story of desire, deceit and corruption. Young dancers will also have the opportunity to dance live on stage with this professional touring dance company in a special curtain raiser project – visit our website to find out how you can get involved!

Former DanceEast Associate Artist and inaugural winner of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award, James Cousins, returns to DanceEast in May with Rosalind. Created in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists, the curious and courageous Shakespeare heroine embarks on a journey of self-discovery, fuelled by love and oppression.

DanceEast also has performances which are perfect for treating the whole family! Kick starting the spring season is Casson & Friends with Night at the Theatre (4yrs+). Discover the magic of theatre with this fantastic introduction to dance for young people with a hint of audience participation. Northern Ballet return after sell-out performances last spring with Tortoise & the Hare. This Easter they bring to life Goldilocks and the Three Bears with accompanying workshops for ages 4 – 10yrs.

Each year DanceEast provides community projects for people of all ages to engage with great dance. In February, the Jerwood DanceHouse will be packed with incredible dancers from across the East. Spring Showcase features talented local dancers from DanceEast’s performance companies and Centre for Advanced Training. U.Dance East will be a one night only celebration of youth dance with groups from all across the region competing to go through to the U.Dance National Festival in Birmingham.

From January, participants from Babergh, Mid Suffolk and Forest Heath districts will be working on DanceEast’s annual community dance project which, this year, is entitled The Inkwell and culminates in a performance in March.

DanceEast has three inspiring workshops from companies performing in the spring season, another great way to Get Dancing in the new year. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance are producing an over-55s workshop, Northern Ballet are exploring the story and characters from Goldilocks & the Three bears for little ones aged 4 – 10yrs and José Agudo is hosting a fast-paced repertoire and rhythm masterclass.

DanceEast Artistic Director, Brendan Keaney says,

“2016 was a great year for all of us at DanceEast and early indications are that 2017 is going to be even better… There is a range of work for audiences for all ages so do take a good look, there really is something for everyone!”

DanceEast is a registered charity relying on generous donations from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. Any donations DanceEast receives between the 1 August 2016 and the 31 August 2019 will be matched by Arts Council England £1 for £1 – doubling the value of donations.

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