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Spring Season 2017: Dance for the mind, body and soul

Pavilion Dance South West starts the New Year with a vibrant performance programme, featuring works by world-class dance artists and leading dance companies for the mind, body and soul, running from January to June 2017.

Several performances in the spring season delve into an issue which affects one in four of us each year. Mental health and well-being are themes explored through the season and audiences can expect to be moved, challenged and entertained on many levels, from raw dance and emotive movement (Witness by Company Chameleon) and a powerful piece of dance-theatre about coping with loss (The Enormous Room by StopGap Dance Company) to an endless search for fulfilment (The Happiness Project by Umanoove/Didy Veldman).

The season also captures the more flamboyant and surreal elements in a gruesome and dark double bill inspired by distorted and disturbing fairy tales (Stepmother/Stepfather by Arthur Pita & HeadSpaceDance) to a riotous evening of seduction and provocative dance that subverts the senses (Ham and Passion by Denada Dance Theatre). Artistic Director, Deryck Newland comments:

Dance has the ability to communicate beyond words, directly through the body to our heart and soul. This season features dance companies who have something profound and important to say about the human condition. The language of dance hits home powerfully to us all and enables fresh insight, empathy and understanding. These qualities have never been more important than they are now in a fast moving and often bewildering world

Family Performances commence with the world premiere of Getting Dressed by Second Hand Dance, exploring the fun and crazy world of colour, texture and movement and co-commissioned by PDSW and Sadler’s Wells. Shh…Bang! by Peut-Etra Theatre whizz and whimper into action with a playful performance exploring sound and silence. Night at the Theatre by Casson & Friends takes an interactive mix of dance theatre, audio and imaginative storytelling by a cast of disabled and non-disabled performers resulting in a show which comes from the heart as well as the head. Buckle up for more adventure as Into the Water by Up & Over It delivers a visual treat of playful, folk-filled fun with two former Riverdancers! Join the famous marionette as PDSW and Lighthouse Poole present Pinocchio by Jasmin Vardimon Company for family audiences at the Lighthouse venue in Poole.

On Screen, the Bolshoi Ballet continues a successful run of live and recorded screenings with more jewels from its wide-ranging repertoire of classic masterpieces and new productions. The on screen season features classics such as The Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, as well as a triumphant encounter between masters of contemporary choreography, giants of musical composition and some of the best dancers in the world in the bold, A Contemporary Evening. As part of Parkinson’s UK’s Parkinson’s Awareness Week we celebrate the successes of our own Parkinson’s Dance class with Parkinson’s Awareness Day. Gain further information about support for the condition, as well as emerging research in partnership with University of Southampton and our plans for the future of Parkinson’s Dance. Once again we bring a touch of ‘Strictly’ to Bournemouth with our very own Business Come Dancing Summer Ball. Get front-row seats to watch local business people and their professional partners liven up the dance floor, all in the name of raising money for charity.

View the full listings from our Spring 2017 programme here >>>

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