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Happy Birthday, DanceXchange!

Posted on October 25, 2011

tao   photo matthew g johnson

tao - photo matthew g johnsonDanceXchange has announced a season of special performances to celebrate its ten years based at Birmingham Hippodrome. The birthday season will include a UK premiere from Chinese company TAO Dance Theatre (pictured) and the world premiere of Aakash Odedra’s new work, Rising.


Established in 1993, DanceXchange moved to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2001. Together, the theatre, DanceXchange and Birmingham Royal Ballet are the largest dance partnership in Britain. In the past decade, DanceXchange has brought outstanding international artists to Birmingham and supported the production of more than 50 major touring works, building its reputation as a production house.


David Massingham, artistic director of DanceXchange, said: “2011 is a significant year for DanceXchange as it marks ten very successful years housed in the Birmingham Hippodrome complex. Our outstanding facilities have helped drive a decade of producing some of the world’s most successful dance works, and allowed us to engage with communities through innovative educational projects. I’m proud to see how much the organisation has thrived, and believe the quality of artists taking part in our special anniversary season reflect our character wonderfully. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years take us.”


DanceXchange is offering a special season ticket offer for the anniversary, with 50 per cent off if you book for all five shows at once, and 20 per cent if you book for three or four shows at once. The offer is only available if you book in advance in person or by telephone, and is open until December 9.


DanceXchange anniversary season

October 27–28

Caravaggio: Exile and Death, Darshan Singh Bhuller

For more on Bhuller’s exploration of the 17th-century painter’s dramatic life, see Dancing Times, August 2011.


November 4

Episodes of Blackness, Vocab Dance Company

Choreographer Alesandra Seutin combines traditional African dance with contemporary and hip hop dynamics.


November 11

Excerpt from Weight x 3 and 2, TAO Dance Theatre

Following performances in every modern dance festival in China, TAO Dance Theatre perform a UK premiere at DanceXchange. In 2, the company’s newest work, spoken rhythms develop in the accompanying sound score.


November 26

La Porte and Eteins pas, Company Decalage

DanceXchange associate artist Mickael “Marso” Riviere presents a double bill mixing hip hop, b-boying, Capoeira and contemporary dance.


December 9

Rising, Aakash Odebra

In this world premiere, Odebra draws on his background in kathak and bharata natyam dance to create a distinctive contemporary style.



Tickets for all performances cost £10 (£7 concessions) if bought in advance, or £12 (£9 concessions) if bought on the day.


To buy tickets or for more information, call 0844 338 5000 or see


Picture: TAO Dance Theatre. Photograph: Matthew G Johnson

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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