LEAP Dance Festival

Various venues across the city

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LEAP Dance Festival


LEAP 2019 Dance Festival is more varied than ever, with outdoor spectacle, six major touring companies and a brand new (free) Fringe Festival as part of this year's programme.

In MDI's 26th year producing the festival, LEAP launches on 3 October 2019 with acrobatic performance WILD from global touring production company Motionhouse (best known for their stunning large-scale performances including the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games). Integrating dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering, WILD will be staged atop an urban forest of industrial scaffolding in the epic Hinterlands space.

Over the following 10 days, LEAP festival floods Liverpool with dance from critically acclaimed performers, in a celebration of cross-artform storytelling. Movement is the catalyst for every element of the programme, with performances drawing on cabaret, music, comedy and traditional theatre.

Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina Hemsley’s Black Holes (5 October) explores blackness in the context of the big bang; Rosie Kay Dance Company’s Fantasia (8 October) sees three bold female dancers discover love, loss, emotion and joy to a soundtrack of Beethoven and Bach; and PuzzleCreature invites audiences to step inside a giant, inflatable bubble within the vast Invisible Wind Factory and be part of Neon Dance's immersive show (7 October).

Expect comedy from New Art Club's joyful, physical and verbal outburst against the forces that masquerade as love, Cupid's Revenge (4 October); be enthralled as Thick & Tight combine mime, lip syncing and contemporary dance to explore queerness, feminism, immigration and the HIV crisis (9 October); and see local visual artist Frances Disley collaborate with music producer M T Hall and three Dance Artists from the North West for her multidisciplinary new work, TripleFlex (10 October).

The festival will also include performances from MDI's Merseyside Youth Dance Company, and 50 Moves as part of a community platform at Capstone Theatre (6 October), as well as a Scratch night for emerging performers and LEAP's first ever fringe, popping up in unexpected places along Hope Street.

Tickets now on sale: https://www.mdi.org.uk/leap-2019/

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