Juncture 2016: Countdown to dance festival in Leeds

Swarm Sculptures by Lucy Suggate.
Swarm Sculptures by Lucy Suggate.
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Scores of people are limbering up to take part in an innovative dance festival in the city.

Juncture 2016 is the first UK festival dedicated to the very best of contemporary dance practice made with non-professional collaborators.

Running from October 25 to 30 at venues across the city including Yorkshire Dance and The Tetley, Juncture will bring together internationally renowned artists and choreographers and features innovative artworks, from movement installations in art galleries to intimate performances, workshops and a karaoke party.

The biannual festival produced by Yorkshire Dance will celebrate, champion and investigate the practice of creating high quality professional choreography with and by people who are ordinarily not visible or seen to be valued on the dancing stage; old people, people of different abilities, body types and backgrounds.

Dance makers including artist Sara Lindström, Yorkshire choreographer Lucy Suggate, choreographer Nicola Conibere and dance outfit, immigrants and animals, will be working with 75 members of the public to bring new participants into the heart of the festival. Joining them is experimental theatre company Quarantine, dance company Fitzgerald & Stapleton and the performing artist Grace Surman.

Festival curator Gillie Kleiman said: “The community dance movement, folk dance, YouTube dance classes and Strictly all tell us the same thing: everybody dances. Departing from here, this edition of Juncture collects together artworks where the role of the professional dancer is given to someone else, bringing artists, participants and their shared work into conversation about what happens when the dancing is handed over.”