Wednesday 31st January 2024, 5:27pm Spring Summer 2024 at Riley Theatre


We are delighted to share our Spring/Summer 2024 season at Riley Theatre – Yorkshire’s largest dedicated dance house.

Ranging from emerging local talent to international touring dance companies, there is plenty on offer which promises to inspire, engage, inform and entertain.

This season brings together a deliberately eclectic range of stories, perspectives, forms and artists.  There is no one central theme; the programme is truly reflective of our open and inclusive approach to new connections and diverse perspectives.

Highlights of the spring-summer season 2024 include:

  • VERVE | Premiere (1 & 2 March)
  • Rendez Vous Dance | The Monocle (27 April)
  • Area Jeune Ballet | The Weight of Uncertainty and Walls (3 May)
  • The Rescue: A Gecko Production | (2 & 3 June)

In addition to hosting works from international artists and companies, we are proud to be a theatre rooted in our locality.  Our communities continue to play an active role in shaping our programme and this season take to the stage to showcase their talents.

We’ll also see students across taught programmes at NSCD showcase their skills, ingenuity and tenacity.

We are delighted to bring this programme of exceptional dance for people to enjoy in our wonderful venue and we hope you can join us this spring/summer 2024 season.

Read on for more:


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VERVE | Premiere

Fri 1 & Sat 2 March

See where dance is right now, and where it may go next. 

VERVE, the postgraduate company of Northern School of Contemporary Dance, presents a breathtaking triple bill of works by Artistic Director Matteo Marfoglia, Berlin-based choreographer Joy Alpuerto Ritter and acclaimed international collective LA(HORDE). Experience striking contemporary dance performed by 18 exceptional dancers on the cusp of their professional careers.



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Community Dance Platform

Sat 16 March

Uplifting intergenerational dance.

Join us as we celebrate the rich diversity of inclusive community dance in the region, with performances from groups in Yorkshire spanning children, young people and adults of all ages and abilities.



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to bend and not break

Thurs 21 March

A vivid reminder of the healing power of dance.

to bend and not break is a dance film created by award-winning choreographer and filmmaker Dan Canham in collaboration with students on the MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance (IDP) course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Filmed at inner city locations in Holbeck and Chapeltown, the film flows between states of grief and joy to celebrate the role of dance as a communal healing force.



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JV2 – Triple Bill

Fri 22 March

16 talented young dancers from Jasmin Vardimon Company’s JV2 programme perform a triple bill of new works by choreographers Alexander Stavropoulos, Kay Crook (Chhaya Collective) and Jasmin Vardimon MBE.



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Wed 27 & Thurs 28 March

Students in their first year of the BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) degree at NSCD perform three brand new works choreographed by NSCD Lecturers and practising artists:

  • Ben Wright (Formerly Co-Artistic Director - Candoco Dance Company & Associate Director/choreographer - Skanes Dansteater)
  • Anna Williams (Director - Anatomical)
  • Antonio Bukhar (Co-founder – Tabu Flo Dance Company)



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Rendez-Vous Dance – The Monocle

Sat 27 April

Rendez-Vous Dance present the untold story of ‘Le Monocle’, a notorious underground lesbian nightclub in 1930s Paris. Step into a hedonistic world full of passion and sensuality, where women laugh loudly, love freely and dance the night away.



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Area Jeune Ballet – Double Bill

Fri 3 May

Featuring 18 talented young dancers, Area Jeune Ballet proudly presents two striking new works by Albanian choreographers Erion Kruja and Blenard Azizaj.



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Equilibrio Dinamico – LUZ

Sat 11 May

Five international perspectives come together to illuminate the future. Junior Italian company Equilibrio Dinamico return to Leeds to perform their brand new programme of dance work, LUZ.



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Fresh Take

Sat 18 May

A captivating programme of work created by current students and graduates from the MA Dance & Creative Enterprise course at NSCD.

Featuring live performance and film, this diverse programme brings together an international cohort, showcasing each of the emerging artist’s unique creative practice.



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The Rescue: A Gecko Production

Sat 2 & Sun 3 June

This brand-new devised production delves into the characteristics of archetypal childhood trauma and explores what happens to these wounds as adults. Told with Gecko’s trademark visceral and poetic style, ‘The Rescue’ is a story about heroes, monsters and the fight for survival. Performed by students on the MA Interdisciplinary Dance Performance course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance.



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Emergence – Triple Bill

Sat 8 June

Emergence, the touring postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford presents three adrenaline-fuelled dance works by Noa Zuk, Miguel Altunaga and Joss Arnott.



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Learning & Participation Annual Showcase

Sat 22 June

Dancers of all ages take to the Riley Theatre stage for an evening of celebration. Witness work created by talented children, young people and adults from across NSCD’s Learning & Participation programmes.

Tickets on sale soon. 


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In Focus

Thurs 27 & Fri 28 June

Students completing CertHE level programmes at Northern School of Contemporary Dance perform brand new commissions by NSCD Lecturer Bruce Wong and invited guest artist Tony Adigun.

See the next generation in action.

Tickets on sale soon. 


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Future Now

Wed 3 - Sat 6 July

Witness the next generation of dancers and dance makers.

Students completing their undergraduate studies on the three-year BA (Hons) Dance (Contemporary) course at Northern School of Contemporary Dance perform three distinct new works by:

Hofesh Shechter, Fernanda Prata and Joseph Toonga

Each choreographer brings a different perspective. See the results of their collaborations alongside original student solos.

Tickets on sale soon.