LEAP Dance Festival

LEAP is Liverpool’s festival of dance is to create a first of its kind pop-up dance house to present the best of the region’s dance all under one roof.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, this year the festival is taking place from 2 to 12 November.

The festival will mainly take place at venues across Liverpool Hope University, Creative Campus which begins at the Capstone Theatre.

The theme for this year’s festival is suffrage in a tribute to the suffragette movement celebrating 100 years since some women were first given the right to vote. For this, the festival will feature female protagonists in each of the dance performances, all of which are new shows to Liverpool.

The festival begins at the Capstone Theatre on Friday 2 November with ‘Liz Aggiss: Slap and Tickle’ driven by content that embodies feminist dance practices. On Monday 5 November, ‘Gaby Agis: Shouting Out Loud’ with a soundtrack by seminal punk band, ‘The Raincoats’, ‘Gaby Agis’, ‘Eva Maria Mutka’ will perform a duet entitled Close Streams at The Great Hall.

On November 6 ‘Jo Fong: An Invitation’, an interactive and ever evolving piece of theatre that inviting audiences to engage and develop the performance will hosted by The Warehouse Studio Theatre where the Capstone Theatre host ‘Laila Diallo: In This Moment and Liz Roche: Wrongheaded’.

For next three days ‘ACE Dance & Music: TEN’ will reunite with choreographer José Agudo to make an extraordinary dance piece. Lost Dog’s new show ‘Juliet and Romeo’ will  reveal the classic love story at the Capstone Theatre, Rosie Kay’s new work is a high energy, supercharged mash-up of thrilling dance & music and imagery will be there.

The festival will conclude with Fagin’s Twist from Avant Garde, the untold story of Oliver Twist’s notorious villain comes to the Epstein Theatre also a Dance Democracy with performances, debates and conversations in addition to Vital, Shake It Up and Cultiv8 on 12 November.

Tickets are available for booking and pricing starts from £7.50 to £50.

For more information visit www.mdi.org.uk

> Shatabdi Sarker Poushi

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