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Stage Editorial

velvetpetal19.jpg Dance theatre goes dance punk

The renowned Scottish Dance Theatre will be pulling out all the stops at Dance City in March when they bring us the incredible ‘Velvet Petal’.

Inspired by the life cycle of the monarch butterfly, and the Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Velvet Petal’ by Fleur Darkin uses a 70s vibe and a fresh dance-punk soundtrack to transport us to a world inhabited by tough girls and pretty boys who live life in the margins. Darkin: “Velvet Petal is about change – how humans change themselves or through relationships with others. I spent a lot of time researching the photographic process, and the Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe inspired me to see things in a new way. The dancers are the Velvet Petals and they open themselves towards the light and dig deep to pull us through the darkness.” Get set for edgy. (Note: Contains scenes of an explicit nature and nudity.)

Velvet Petal: Scottish Dance Theatre, Saturday 16 March, Dance City, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £16.50 (£8 students & under 18s/£13 concs). dancecity.co.uk