At the Riley Theatre
Ones to watch. This year's selected Northern Connections artists Lizzie Klotz, Madeline Shann and Akshay Sharma share the results of their choreographic residencies at Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Each artist has spent 3 weeks at NSCD researching and developing their ideas into short pieces, touching on themes relevant to contemporary society. Be among the first to see these fresh new works in a unique mixed bill:
Madeline Shann’s Edit borrows from the world of film to create a tense exploration of the psychologically abusive phenomenon 'gaslighting'.
A Really Small Dance by Lizzie Klotz presents 20 minutes of your life, drawing upon the smallest of dances that take place in homes, alone, in the shower, along to the radio.
Akshay Sharma’s A Fragile Geography is a hypnotic, delicate ode to connection, intimacy and the fragility of our bodies.
Northern Connections nurtures and profiles some of the most promising emerging choreographers working in the North of England today, helping them to platform new work and reach new audiences.
Lizzie Klotz works as a choreographer, facilitator and movement director for companies across the UK. She frequently mixes art forms, collaborating with sculptor Joseph Hillier and dramaturg Rosa Postlethwaite. Lizzie performed in the UK tour of Rosie Kay Dance Company’s MK Ultra, and has worked as a movement director on Preconceived by Jonluke McKie and Luca Rutherford’s Political Party.
A Really Small Dance is a dance theatre duet by Lizzie Klotz and Luca Rutherford. It explores the private dances we need to dance, “in memory of, to shake off, to relish in a feeling that, perhaps, the world can be a much quieter place than we think it is.”
Sheffield-based artist Madeline Shann balances the roles of theatre maker, choreographer, writer and performer. She creates multidisciplinary live work, often in response to current social or political themes, such as Here’s Looking at UKIP, a one-woman show tackling patriotism, nationalism and xenophobia.
With Edit, choreographer Madeline Shann takes a turn away from the humour of her previous works to create a tense, psychological piece of dance fiction. Using live performance and integrated video to emulate the cinematic techniques of cutting and editing, Edit brings the audience into a dark, disorientating world.
Akshay Sharma is a dance artist, choreographer and performer based in England and working between the UK and India. Since graduating from NSCD he has worked with several choreographers including Robert Clarke, Rosie Kay Dance Company, Vanessa Grasse, Gary Clarke and Soufiane Ababri as a performer. He performed in Fevered Sleep’s Men & Girls Dance in Sweden and London and is working as an Associate Artist with the company on a new project in care homes.