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Ballet Black, Arthur Pita and African Dance In New Season
Birmingham-based DanceXchange is promising its most ambitious season yet with performances ranging from modern ballet to contemporary African styles.

DanceXchange winter and spring season, Birmingham, the Patrick Centre, Arthur Pite, Tavaziva Africarmen, james Cousins Company, Ballet Black
Ballet Black are among the highlights of the Winter-Spring DanceXchange Season


The new Winter-Spring season at The Patrick Centre in Birmingham Hippodrome takes place from 27 January to 7 June 2 and includes an international flavour from two companies doing their first ever tours to the UK.

There will also be subversive theatrical twists on familiar stories and acrobatic, circus-inspired dance. Highlights include Tavaziva's Africarmen - an energetic re-telling of the Carmen story set in an oil-rich township - and a new take on Shakespeare's iconic heroine Rosalind by James Cousins Company in collaboration with Korean artists.

While Arthur Pita, whose magical dance retelling of the Little Match Girl bewitched Birmingham last year returns with a new show with HeadSpace. This time it is a gruesome exploration of all things gothic with the production Stepmother / Stepfather.

Lucie Mirkova, Programme Manager, DanceXchange said: "Each season we aim to present great dance that takes the audience on a journey and offers something new and different. Our latest programme explores a wide variety of different contemporary flavours from some of the most talented UK and international artists."

DanceXchange winter and spring season, Birmingham, the Patrick Centre, Arthur Pite, Tavaziva Africarmen, james Cousins Company, Ballet Black
Africarmen is a vibrant African dance version of the Carmen story


The season launches on 27 January with ŻfinMalta Dance Company on their first UK Tour. The company is Malta's premier contemporary dance organisation and dancers will perform two pieces – the athletic Kick the Bucket by Ivan Pérez, and Home by artistic director Mavin Khoo. The cinematic-style dances are designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery, passion and intricate choreography.

Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance present a wickedly gruesome, darkly surreal double bill on 16 and 17 February in a production where fairy tales distort into nightmares as familiar characters from Snow White to Hansel and Gretel are pursued by a force of monstrous and abusive stepmothers. Meanwhile, Stepfather tells the tale of a grisly search for redemption from beyond the grave.

Bawren Tavaziva's strikingly powerful and sensual new interpretation of the Carmen story is set in an African township where military corruption is rife. Africarmen is performed on Thursday 9 March and explores the classic story of desire, deceit and corruption through a highly original synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance, It has a specially commissioned music score by Fayyaz Virji of Warriors International.

On 23 March, Igor and Moreno return to Birmingham with their latest work called A Room for All Tomorrows. It is a charming duet about the secret lives we all possess when close to others. Enter their curious world, and share those moments, between coffee and dancing.

DanceXchange winter and spring season, Birmingham, the Patrick Centre, Arthur Pite, Tavaziva Africarmen, james Cousins Company, Ballet Black
Arthur Pita brings a new show to Birmingham of Stepmother/Stepfather


On 6 and 7 April, James Cousins presents Rosalind, which was created in collaboration with Korean dancers and artists. The curious and courageous Rosalind is modelled on Shakespeare's headstrong and independent heroine from play As You Like It and follows her as she embarks on a journey of self-discover, fuelled by love and oppression.

On 26 & 27 April, Imbalance by Joli Vyann is a crowd-pleasing circus performance show that explores our obsessive dependence on technology through a combination of exciting acrobatic skills and athletic dance.

Ana Morales Company of extraordinary international flamenco stars, featuring David Coria, present their new show Reuniόn on 10 and 11 May. The show aims to convey the absolute passion and artistry of the dance form.

There is also a triple bill of bold choreography from Ballet Black on 25 & 26 May. Ballet Black blends classical and contemporary dance styles with narrative and abstract themes in a thrilling triple bill that features Red Riding Hood by South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. It turns the popular folk tale on its head so the wolf regrets ever meeting Red Riding Hood.

The season concludes on 7 June with Plan B for Utopia by Joan Clevillé Dance. This is billed as a comic and joyful show that mixes movement, theatre and storytelling with a good dose of humour, celebrating how we live our lives.

DanceXchange Jan-June 2017 Season
Friday 27 January 8pm // ŻfinMalta Dance Ensemble // Kick the Bucket and Home
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 11
Free post-show talk

Thursday 16 & Friday 7 February 8pm // Arthur Pita and HeadSpaceDance // Stepmother/Stepfather
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
£14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Contains scenes of violence and some adult language Age 14
Free post-show talk: Thursday 16 February

Thursday 9 March 8pm // Tavaziva // Africarmen
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 12
Free post-show talk: Thursday 9 March

Thursday 23 March 8pm // Igor & Moreno and The Place // A Room for All Our Tomorrows
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £10, concessions & under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 14
Free post-show talk

Thursday 6 & Friday 7 April 8pm // James Cousins Company // Rosalind
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 12
Free post-show talk: Thursday 6 April

Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 April 8pm // Joli Vyann // Imbalance
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 8
Free post-show talk: Wednesday 26 April

Wednesday 10 & Thursday 11 May 8pm // Flamenco Edition '17 & Ana Morales Co // Reuniόn
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £16 // concessions £12, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Suitable all ages

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 8pm // Ballet Black // Triple Bill ft. Red Riding Hood
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14, concessions £10 & under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 7
Free post-show talk: Thursday 25 May

Wednesday 7 June 8pm // Joan Clevillé // Plan B for Utopia
DanceXchange, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome
Tickets £14 // concessions £10, under 25 £8 from the DanceXchange website or 0844 338 5000
Age 11
Free post-show talk

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Why? See exciting range of modern dance and ballet in Birmingham
When: Season from January to June 2017
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Patrick Centre, in Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: £14
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