Looking for something a bit different to ease you into the winter months? The Civic in Barnsley has a delightful range of quirky performances this Autumn, both to entertain and distract.
Leeds-based Phoenix Dance Theatre returns to the Civic with two new works. Magical balletL’apres midi d’un Foehn takes centre stage with dancing plastic bags forming the cour de ballet. We welcome the Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, the most successful taiko drum group on this continent. And finally, Dancing with the Orange Dog tells a story across three distinct events in one evening, using a mixture of theatre, storytelling, live music and animation.
Phoenix Dance Theatre
Phoenix Dance Theatre proudly presents a new company repertory programme, a trademark Phoenix Dance Theatre mixed bill featuring exciting and musically diverse dance works as part of their Autumn 2014 tour. Powerful, relentless and hard hitting, Document is the first UK work by exciting Amsterdam-based choreographic duo Ivgi & Greben. Didy Veldman’s See Blue Through plunges the stage into a fascinating, mysterious undersea world. See Blue Through was premiered by the Ballet Gulbenkian in 2001. And inspired by his father’s journey from East to West, Mapping is former Phoenix Artistic Director Darshan Singh Bhuller’s latest work, looking down on the world from above, and is packed with his signature thrilling, dynamic and inventive choreography.
L’après-midi d’un Foehn
Family Sundays at The Civic are the perfect way to introduce children to theatre, inspire their creative imagination and provide a few hours of priceless family together time. Following sell out performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Circus Evolution brings its hit show L’après-midi d’un Foehn (or ‘Ballerina Bags’ as we’re calling it!) to Barnsley. Watch in wonder as ordinary plastic bags are magically brought to life by a mysterious ballet master. Moving on currents of air, see them transform into beautiful dancers, capable of astonishing performances, joyously swirling and twirling to the beautiful music of Debussy.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers will feature mysterious masked choreography interwoven with an almighty musical force that will leave the unforgettable feeling of rhythm pounding through your chest for weeks to come. With inventive lighting, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour – all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism – “an almighty force living up to their name, which translates as limitless reverberation” (Three Weeks, Edinburgh Festival 2013)
Dancing with the Orange Dog
A night like no other, Dancing with the Orange Dog presents an exhibition, a play and a gig… triple the entertainment and triple the value! Audiences are first introduced to a visual art exhibition by local artist Fabric Lenny; next is the theatre production, presented in a giant cardboard box where characters Lucy and Dan talk about the many adventures of the family dog. Part three is a music gig from pop-folk band The Housekeeping Society, with songs from their album, ‘Songs from the Orange Dog’, based upon artwork from the exhibition and stories from the show. The whole evening is about the need to create and share stories, why we tell them, how we tell them and how they help us make sense of our lives and the world around us. So whether you’re into theatre, gigs, visual art or just love a good yarn the 154 Collective are sure to be of interest.
Phoenix Dance Theatre is at The Civic on Friday 10 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14 full price and £12 concessions. Recommended for ages 10+.
‘Ballerina Bags’ is at The Civic on Sunday 19 October at 1pm & 3pm, and Monday 20 October at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Recommended for ages 5+, with the running time of 25 minutes. £7 full price, £6 concessions and £5 children.
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers is at The Civic on Wednesday 22 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £18 full price, £15 concessions and £10 under 18s/students
Dancing with the Orange Dog is at The Civic on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 full price, and £8 concessions.