NSCD hosts Dance Passion with BBC Arts/One Dance UK


Monday 28th February 2022, 7:42pm NSCD hosts Dance Passion with BBC Arts/One Dance UK

Image: Dani Bower One Dance UK, Dancer Zeb Simpson

We are thrilled to be one of four Dance Passion ‘hubs’ hosting performances from a number of companies as part of this year’s landmark event, bringing the best of UK dance to audiences at home.

A celebration of UK dance, Dance Passion is a collaboration between BBC Arts and One Dance UK filmed at ‘hubs’ across the country: Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Sadler’s Wells, Warwick Arts Centre and Theatre Royal Plymouth’s TR2.

Now in its second edition, Dance Passion shines a light on the country’s unique creativity and innovative approach to choreography and performance, in all its forms.

From Tuesday 1 March, tune in to BBC iPlayer and watch work performed at NSCD’s Riley Theatre including:

ValeShine On You

Phoenix Dance TheatreHeart of Chaos, ft. NSCD alumnus Aaron Chaplin

Alumni-led Balbir Singh CompanyThe Wise Ones

Alumni-led Akram Khan CompanyJungle Book Reimagined in R&D with NSCD students

RJC Dance & DAZL – LS Unity

Simple Cypher – Roll Up Roll Up (filmed in Plymouth)

Northern BalletI Am Merlin (film)

We are proud of all our alumni taking part across each of the venues, not to mention the films and interactive experiences that make up this year’s Dance Passion celebrations.

Available now, you can see the short film Flight, co-directed and choreographed by NSCD alumna Jennifer Rooney and Heart Land featuring alumnus Kai Tomioka.

Throughout March, on BBC iPlayer, be sure to watch NSCD alumni in:

  • ACE Dance and Music – Mana, featuring alumni Mayowa Ogunnaike and Imogen Cooper, and led by alumna Gail Parmel (15 March)
  • Max Revell in Street Factory Studios: The Inner Dance (22 March)
  • Motionhouse Nobody featuring alumni Berta Contijoch, Daniel Massarella, Joel Pradas Reguill and Aaron Watkinson (29 March) with alumnus Junior Cunningham as Rehearsal Director
  • National Dance Company WalesLudo featuring alumni Mario Manara, VERVE 2023 choreographer Faye Tan and current PPS students Angharad Jones-Young and Mika George Evans (29 March)
  • Candoco Dance Company’s rehearsal of Last Shelter, featuring alumna Anastasia Sheldon and current PPS student Maiya Leeke (29 March)
  • House of Ghetto – Voguing with alumnus Darren Pritchard (29 March)

And on BBC Taster, explore Interactive Projects Noise (available now) featuring alumna Shelley Eva-Haden and Out Late (available 17 March) with alumni Folu Odimayo and Stuart Waters.

Suzy Klein, BBC Head of Arts and Classical Music TV said:

“Now, more than ever, we need things to celebrate and there’s nothing more joyful and life-affirming than our new, year-long dance showcase. Starting this Spring, we are shining a light on the astonishing wealth of dance talent across the UK, with audiences at home invited to experience the world-class creativity coming out of all four home nations.”

Details of the full Dance Passion lineup (broadcasts, films and interactive projects) can be found here: onedanceuk.org/dancepassion2022/