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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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A magical dance retelling of Peter and the Wolf and an international triple bill from National Dance Company Wales are just some of the highlights of the Autumn season from Birmingham-based DanceXchange.

DanceXchange, Autumn Season 2016, The Wolf and Peter,
A scene from The Wolf and Peter, making its English premiere at DanceXchange in Birmingham


Cutting-edge dance and digital technology is at the heart of the new season that takes place at The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome from 22 September to 3 December.

National Dance Company Wales kicks off the season by making its first visit to Birmingham with Folk. The show features a triple bill by three of the best European choreographers.

First of the three is Folk, by the Company's new Artistic Director, Caroline Finn. Then there is work by Alexander Ekman, whose piece Cacti was a big hit of International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016. He presents the witty and eccentric Tuplet, while there is also Lee Johnston's They Seek to Find The Happiness They Seem, which explores separation and disconnection that can occur within a friendship.

Award-winning Belgian artist Alexander Vantournhout focuses on the autobiography of his own body in ANECKXANDER on 7 October.

This is a collaboration with Bauke Lievens and explores the interface between dance, circus and performance art. It is a solo dance in a minimal setting for one acrobatic body, a handful of carefully selected objects and three variations on a piece of piano music by Arvo Pärt.

DanceXchange, Autumn Season 2016, The Wolf and Peter, Folk
Folk kicks off the DanceXchange Autumn Season


This collaborative piece was chosen as a laureate by Circus Next, the prestigious European platform for circus artists.

Meanwhile, Run is a brand new triple bill from 2Faced Dance Company will showcase new works from three world-class female choreographers performed by an all-male company of dancers on 13 and 14 October.

Choreographers, 2Faced Dance artistic director Tamsin Fitzgerald, Lenka Vagnerová and Rebecca Evans, explore the darker side of humanity through an explosion of ground-breaking movement, theatre and design.

Newcomer Evans was commissioned by The Bench, a programme established by 2Faced Dance to address the issue of gender disparity for female choreographers in the dance industry. Expect exciting work from this celebrated all-male company, which is known for its physically adventurous performances.

On 3 and 4 November, Pattern Recognition by Alexander Whitley Dance Company exploits the boundaries between dance and motion-responsive technology. The show featuring a score by critically-acclaimed electronic composer Scanner and Southbank Centre artist-in-residence cellist Oliver Coates.

Whitley is an ex-Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer and also a 2015 Critics Circle National Dance Award nominee. He utilises technology and dance through a system of moving lights which can track and intelligently respond to the dancers it observes.

DanceXchange, Autumn Season 2016, The Wolf and Peter, Happiness
Will The Happiness Project bring a smile to your face?


International dance artist Didy Veldman's The Happiness Project is the first project from her new company Umanoove. It combines live music and dance and comes to DanceXchange on 15 November.

Veldman is known in the UK for her critically-acclaimed productions for Rambert and Northern Ballet amongst others. Her new show explores our endless search for fulfilment in a piece created in collaboration with celebrated violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live.

The season closes with a retelling of Prokofiev's famous Peter and the Wolf by CoisCéim Dance Theatre on 2 and 3 December. Told from the perspective of the Wolf, this is billed as being a magical Christmas show for families.

The Wolf and Peter is performed for the first time in England, bringing together the best in contemporary dance, performance and live music.

Lucie Mirkova, Programme Manager, DanceXchange said: "Our Autumn season is a fantastic mix offering a range of dance experiences from ground-breaking contemporary dance and performance art to cutting-edge collaborations, a wonderful family-friendly production and world class work from leading companies and choreographers from the UK and internationally."

DanceXchange Autumn 2016 Season
Tickets are available from the DanceXchange website.

Thursday 22 September & Friday 23 September 8pm // National Dance Company Wales // Folk
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£16 // £12 concessions Early Bird £2 off before 4 Sept from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000.
90 minutes inc interval // Age 7
Post-show talk: Thursday 22 September

Friday 7 October 8pm // Alexander Vantournhout & Bauke Lievens // ANECKXANDER
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£14 // £10 concessions from the DanceXchange website. or 0844 338 5000
55 minutes no interval // Contains nudity Age 15

Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October 8pm // 2Faced Dance // Run
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // £10 concessions from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
100 minutes including interval // Age 11
Post-show talk: Thursday 13 October

Thursday 3 and Friday 4 November 8pm // Alexander Whitley Dance Company // Pattern Recognition
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // £10 concessions from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
55 minutes no interval // Age 8
Post-show talk: Thursday 3 November

Tuesday 15 November 8pm // Umanoove | Didy Veldman // The Happiness Project
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // £10 concessions from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
60 minutes no interval // Age 10

Friday 2 December 10.30am & 7pm, Saturday 3 December 2pm & 7pm // CoisCéim Dance Theatre // The Wolf and Peter
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £12 // £8 concessions // £30 Family & Friends from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
55 minutes no interval // Age 6-16yrs & families
Post-show talk: Friday 2 December after evening performance.


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When: September 22 - December 3, 2016
Where: The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome
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