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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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imageThe UK is becoming increasingly full of dance festivals. Just this year we have had, Resolution, BDE 08, and Spring Loaded. Still to come is the International Dance Festival Birmingham, The Big Mission and Dance Umbrella. Not to mention to many, many smaller scale festivals and gatherings of dance companies that happen throughout the year.

Now we have 'Dancing The World' (DtW), to be held in Newcastle upon Tyne and various other places around this particular region from May 2nd.

In keeping with the ongoing theme of internationalism and what not the DtW festival will feature a number of UK based companies and several from various parts of the globe.

A brief glance on the UK side of things reveals the presence of two heavy hitters in the the wacky world of contemporary dance. DV8 make a return to UK performing with 'To be Straight With You' a no holds barred look at intolerance, religion and sexuality. See how clever the title is?

Next we have Phoenix Dance Theatre with 'Cattle Call' a work alluded to in our recent interview with the company's director Javier De Frutos and featuring music by Richard Thomas. This particular work should be of great interest to all dancers because it's all about auditions, which we know more than a few of you are familiar with!

On the international side of things there will be shows by Rui Horta, Rennie Harlin, Aracaladanza, Zero Visibility Corps and Corpus from Canada. The latter company's work features the dancers pretending to be sheep, replete with sheep costumes, and will be performed live, outdoors at Carlisle Park in Morpeth. If you miss that you'll definitely be missing out!

The entire festival features more than 20 performances from straight up dance theatre to the more bizzare musings of the aforementioned sheep show!

Dancing the World runs from May 2nd until May 24 in and around the North East of England. More information and a full list of participating companies are available from the website link below.

[ Dancing The World ]
[ Interview with Javier De Frutos ]

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