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Stage Editorial

northdance.jpg The North, but not as you know it

The North – as imagined by Joan Clevillé Dance – isn’t anything to do with Rochdale. It’s a place we all know, but we have never been: a forest, a desert of ice, the land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime. (And it’s coming to Dance City.)

After scoring a major success with Plan B For Utopia – a playful piece that explored the notion of utopia and the role that imagination and creativity can play as a driving force for change in our personal and collective lives - Joan Clevillé Dance return with their eagerly awaited The North. Here they explore our fascination with the idea of North: the landscape, the light, the creatures that inhabit it, but also the people, the dark humour and the silence…

It’s a bleak, yet whimsical story, of a young man’s journey in search for meaning in an unpredictable environment; a place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm, and letting go the only way to survive. Blending elements from dance, physical theatre and puppetry, it will feature dancers Solène Weinachter (Lost Dog, Gecko), John Kendell (balletLORENT) and Eve Ganneau (Andersson Dance, Scottish Dance Theatre). All roads lead North.

The North: Joan Clevillé Dance, Saturday 11 November, Dance City, Temple Street, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £13.50 (£11 conc./£8.50 students and under 18s). dancecity.co.uk