We’re excited to welcome our audiences back into the theatre with our spring performance season running from 10 February to 27 March at The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome.
The season includes TWO WORLD PREMIERES and a welcome return of some of the best UK and international choreographic talent, plus the opportunity to see some of the best youth talent in the West Midlands!
Lucie Mirkova, Head of Artistic Programmes at DanceXchange said:
It is wonderful to start 2022 by inviting audiences to The Patrick Studio for our new performance season which includes both a UK and a World Premiere. Our programme celebrates the resilience of the dance sector over the last two years as we move forward with creativity and optimism, featuring work from both established and up and coming choreographers. After such a difficult time for so many, we are delighted to continue to welcome both artists and our audiences to the theatre.
UK Premiere of Léa Tirabasso’s Starving Dingoes
Thursday 10 February / 8pm
Five dancers race to explore the vital necessity to stay together to survive. Tirabasso plunges the audience into the dream world of childhood – that of regained freedom, poetry, brutality and violence. Observing both the smallness and the depth of humanity without pretence, forgetting time and simply quenching the hunger for life
Alexander Whitley Company presents Overflow
Wednesday 2 March / 8pm
Overflow considers how our desires, fantasies and vulnerabilities are powerfully influenced by social media platforms, exploring what lurks beneath our compulsions to check, share and like.
Choreographer Alexander Whitley has developed a reputation for his bold, interdisciplinary approach, producing innovative and thought-provoking productions, and is known for his ground-breaking use of digital technology.
World Premiere double bill from O’Driscoll Collective & Yami Löfvenberg in partnership with Artists 4 Artists and The Place
Tuesday 22 March / 8pm
One to watch in the Hip Hop dance theatre scene, choreographer Jamaal O’Driscoll uses his signature Breakin’ style to explore themes of toxic masculinity in Crabs in a Barrel. The piece brings together male dancers from a range of movement specialisms, alongside spoken word inspired by research and interviews with black creatives in the Midlands.
Hip Hop dance theatre maker Yami Löfvenberg presents Happyendingfication, an autobiographical solo uncovering the marginalised conversation around the impacts of being an adult adoptee. The piece explores trauma, stigmatization, identity, and the media’s damaging portrayal of adoption. Löfvenberg’s work often tackles hard-hitting subjects with a thought-provoking darkly comedic lens, using multidisciplinary artforms.
DanceXchange presents U.Dance WM in association with One Dance UK
Sunday 27 March / 6pm
Expect an evening full of vibrant and exciting dance genres and themes performed by some of the best young talents from across the West Midlands. Selected dancers and companies will be offered the opportunity to perform in the national U.Dance festival later in the year.