News: The Dance Consortium announce 2005 programme

Wednesday 27 October 2004

The Dance Consortium – made up of UK wide theatres and promoters who present dance – have just announced a new programme of tours by a variety of international companies for 2005. It includes Grupo Corpo from Brazil (12 April – 4 May), Compagnie Kafig from France (4 May – 4 June), Nederlands Dans Theater2 (NDT2) (7 – 25 June) and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (5 Sept – 8 Oct).

Following the success of the 2004 programme (Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Deborah Colker, Dance Theatre of Harlem and others), Arts Council England continue their support for 2005. Chair of the Dance Consortium, John Stalker, says of the 2004 tours: A new generation of dance-lovers is developing all over the UK thanks to Arts Council England’s support of projects like the Dance Consortium. The presentation of world class, innovative and fresh companies such as those in the 2004 season is so important in securing the future of dance in the UK. Sadler’s Wells reported that 48% of the Dance Theatre of Harlem attenders had never been to the venue before and this was echoed in venues throughout the country. Birmingham Hippodrome reported that 20% of their new attenders had since returned to see other dance productions. I have no doubt that the 2005 season will continue to build dance audiences even further.

Full tour schedules and programmes will be available in the New Year. Meanwhile, more details can be found on the Dance Consortium website: www.worldwidedanceuk.com

London dates now booking:

Grupo Corpo at Sadler’s Wells
Brazil’s Grupo Corpo returns to the UK following a 5 year absence. In a dazzling programme that includes the company’s latest work, Lecuona, Afro-Brazilian dance traditions unite with classical ballet, as music, colour, light and movement fuse into one electrifying celebration of life. The programme also boasts the UK premier of the beautiful and celebrated O Corpo. This thrilling dance is set to music commissioned from Arnaldo Antunesm a star of Brazilian pop culture.

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