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Trouble and Strife

Posted on February 28, 2012


To celebrate International Women’s Day, Trouble And Strife, a programme of new dance created by four Plymouth-based female choreographers, will be performed at the Barbican Theatre Plymouth on March 7–8.

The programme will then tour to venues across the South West during spring and summer. The four choreographers – Sue Smith, Jane Castree, Jules Laville and Sally Robbins – are working in collaborative partnerships, with other established artists, to produce original works that challenge ideas about dance and its audiences.

The project aims to strengthen the network of regional venues and partners. Sue Smith explains: “There are few opportunities here in the South West to create and tour new works and this project aims to develop a network of venues and partners that are supportive and like-minded in order to pave the way for other events.”

Trouble And Strife was commissioned by Plymouth Dance, developed in residence at the Dartington Space, with support from the Dartington Hall Trust and the Barbican Theatre Plymouth, and funded by Arts Council England. The programme will be performed at the Barbican Theatre Plymouth as part of Flourish 2012.

Held annually on March 8, International Women’s Day is a global event celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

Performances start at 8pm on March 7–8. Tickets (priced at £8 and £5) are available from the Barbican Theatre box office on 01752 267 131 or online at

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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