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Tuesday 13 February 2024

Award-Winning Companies Bring Hip Hop & Contemporary Dance Premieres To Brighton Dome

In March, Brighton Dome welcomes UK dance premieres from critically acclaimed choreographers Charlotte Vincent and Olivier-Award winner Botis Seva. Also this spring, the venue hosts Brazilian company Sao Paulo Dance's first UK tour and a reimagining of classic ballet A Midsummer Night's Dream from Ballet Theatre UK.

Far From The Norm, Botis Seva's Hip Hop dance theatre company, tell fearless, original stories that challenge audience perceptions of dance. 

They premiere their new production, Until We Sleep, at Brighton Dome on 5th March. 

Until We Sleep follows one woman's journey as she searches for faith, while leading a wandering community through shifting passages of time. 

The undulating movements of Far From The Norm's dancers blend effortlessly with an other-worldly soundtrack of percussion and guttural sound, in a performance punctuated on stage by piercing light. 

Through this portrayal of the heaviness of hope and the burden of responsibility, Until We Sleep finds a softness that breathes life into existence.

Charlotte Vincent"s Brighton-based Vincent Dance Theatre, renowned for making highly crafted, socially engaged performance work, on stage and on film, celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. 

To mark the occasion, a brand-new live production, PLAY, premieres at Brighton Dome on 14th March. 

Made and performed by four local young people and Vincent Dance Theatre collaborator Aurora Lubos, the piece traces an unreliable timeline through past works to reflect upon the upheaval of the past few years. 

It is a celebration of young people's incredible resilience and imagination in the face of huge personal and societal change. 

Brazil's own São Paulo Dance Company is at the forefront of the South American contemporary dance scene.

Artistic Director Inês Bogéa, a dancer, film-maker and writer, has built a company of outstanding performers who match classic technique with Brazilian warmth and rhythm. 

They tour the UK for the first time with 22 dancers, performing pieces by resident choreographer of Cuba's acclaimed Acosta Danza, Goyo Montero, Artistic Director of the world-renowned Mikhailovsky Ballet, Nacho Duato and choreographer Cassi Abranches, fresh from working with Birmingham Royal Ballet on Black Sabbath – The Ballet. 

Combining power, mystery and shimmering joy, this triple bill showcases Sao Paulo Dance Company"s artistic skill alongside the trademark energy and flair of Brazilian dance.

Over the Easter weekend, Ballet Theatre UK brings the magical realm of A Midsummer Night's Dream to life in their interpretation of Shakespeare"s classic tale. 

Stunning original choreography set to the iconic Mendelssohn score and breath-taking costumes will transport family audiences to fantastical world of dance, music and enchantment.

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by: Mike Cobley

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