Join us for an evening of diversity and innovation! Our annual spring platform form will deliver new works from our Pittsburgh friends, Bodiography, Matrafisc Dance, Coalesce, Josh Hawkins and Emma Hopley. All these artists will be showing off their inspiring new works in a night of community and aspiration.
The Salford students will be dancing alongside Bodiography whilst their artistic director Maria Caruso will be creating work for our MA Emergence students.
Josh Hawkins – A MOMENT
Co-commissioned by Northern School of Contemporary Dance/Leeds Dance Partnership, Brewery Arts Centre, Trafford Pride and University of Salford –– HDT present a new duet series called ‘A MOMENT’. A moment of connection, a moment of calm, a moment of chaos, a moment of honesty. 3 pop-up duets; a meeting, an encounter and a departure. Our first duet ‘moment’ will see the creation of a male duet where Josh Hawkins will work alongside company dancer Josh Wild, new dancer Jack Hilton and Sound Composer Lee Affen.
Really?! – This composition was created for the five Bodiography Charlotte artists and premiered in March of 2018 at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center as a response to the challenges of balance between motherhood, adulthood, and careers. This work was recently selected for presentation at the prestigious DUMBO Dance Festival in New York in October of 2019.
Fractured – Fractured and Rebuilt was created in 2012 taking inspiration from Caruso’s husband who she says others look to when fractured lives need rebuilding. A celebrated scientist and innovator, Caruso’s work showcases the expanse of emotionality one endures when working to rebuild a community. This work was selected for presentation at the 2020 Charlotte Dance Festival.
Break the Verse – Break the Verse is a work that was created specifically for the musical composition constructed by Austin Beckman, under the auspices of Walrus Tales. Caruso’s intrigue in his unique and robust compositions brought about the idea of collaboration in 2017 at which time she commissioned her first work from him. The piece was created as a movement tapestry for the intricacies of the soundscape.
Matrafisc Dance – Restlessness
Silent and lonely, standing on a bench to spy on life. Inspired by Pessoa’s romance “The Book of disquiet”, our characters live the external and real life as something that remains unrelated to them. Their souls are trapped in a memory of the past that does not allow them to abandon the mood they live. They live in the days of their lives as strangers for themselves.
Emma Hopley – An Uncomfortable Word
‘Why has the word feminism become such an uncomfortable one?’ Physicalising the words of Emma Watson at the UN in 2014, this self-choreographed solo work explores the continued fight for gender equality today.
Coalesce – The Cocoon
This spring Coalesce Dance Theatre present their first full length work, The Cocoon. This raw and uplifting celebration of womanhood uses music, spoken word and exhilarating choreography to explore the female experience. On this humorous, poignant and empowering journey, we encounter mothers, daughters, sisters and friends as we shift and emerge into new worlds, from Greggs in Leeds, to the beaches of Cornwall and everywhere in between. These worlds and the stories within are a colourful mix of fantasy and reality. With stories gathered and shared by women’s groups across Greater Manchester, this work searches to connect women to each other, and to themselves. The Cocoon premiered at Z Arts in 2019 to great acclaim and now embarks on performances in both Manchester and London. With a newly commissioned musical score by Richard Smithson, and an updated cast of five unapologetically fearless female dancers, the Cocoon promises to be a joyous celebration of femininity.
Admission: £6 / £4
Warnings: None. Recommended ages 8+
Please note: Josh Hawkins Duet will take place in the atrium from 6:30pm before the show in the main theatre. Please ensure you check-in at Box Office upon your arrival.
Salford M5 4BR