Some of our region’s most promising dancers will take to the stage at Middleton Hall next week, performing with the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) at a special show in Hull.
NYDC is recognised as one of the country’s leading organisations for young dancers, with a track record of putting young people on paths to successful dance careers. The company brings together the brightest dance talent from across England, fully immersing its members in the process of creating, performing and touring new work, giving them a unique insight into the dance profession.
NYDC is currently touring the country with Tarantiseismic, a unique piece of dance-theatre choregraphed by Guest Artistic Director, Damien Jalet. The performance features a diverse cohort of 39 young dancers and addresses themes of melancholia, ritual, control and abandonment.
Following the success of the NYDC and to build upon engagement across the region, a new sister company was created, NYDC – Hull, for dancers aged 15-18. The company has created a new dance piece inspired by Tarantiseismic, with support from local dance companies LO:CUS Dance Theatre and JoinedUp Dance Company.
Their performance, Unity, will explore how individuals come together to show the spirit, fight and determination needed to overcome unforeseen circumstances. Through movement and space, the dancers stand side by side to create an overwhelming feeling of compassion and unity as they turn to strangers for support and comfort, looking to stand together in solidarity and join forces in a time of need.
The project is a partnership between NYDC, Hull City Council Arts Development Team and the Hull and East Riding Dance Hub.
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “It’s great to have the National Youth Dance Company performing in Hull next week, and even better to see young performers from the city and the East Riding involved.
“The region is full of talented artists and performers and in 2017 the spotlight is well and truly on them – it’s great to see those performers grabbing the opportunity with both hands.”
Marianne Lewsley-Stier, University of Hull Programme and Partnership Manager, said: “This will continue Middleton Hall’s heritage as a venue for dance and performing arts – from grassroots dance events for the region’s children, to more well-established acts such as Tarantiseismic.”
NYDC – Hull will be performing alongside the main NYDC company at the Hull tour date on 20 July at Middleton Hall and at the NYDC Graduation ceremonies at Sadler’s Wells on 23 July. The performance at the University of Hull starts at 7pm with tickets priced between £6 and £12. Tickets are available to book in advance of the event.