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UK debut for Danish Dance Theatre

Posted on October 28, 2010

Danish Dance Theatre, one of Scandanavia’s leading contemporary dance companies, will tour the UK next spring.

This national tour marks the company’s 30th anniversary. For the last ten years, it has been directed by British-born choreographer Tim Rushton.

The tour repertory will be a triple bill of works by Rushton. Enigma, to music by Mathias Friis-Hansen, presents contrasting duets. CaDance is a testosterone-fuelled competition between five male dancers, driven by a live percussive score by Andy Pape. The award-winning Kridt (Chalk), draws on the texts of Ecclesiastes, showing a man on the verge of death remembering his life. The music is Musica Adventus, a suite for strings by Peteris Vasks.

Presented by Dance Touring Partnership, the Danish Dance Theatre tour will open on January 21 at Oxford Playhouse, and visits Coventry, Poole, Brighton, Salford, Belfast, Stirling, Nottingham and Newcastle, ending at the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on March 2. For more information, see http://danishtour.co.uk/index.html

Photograph by Henrik Stenberg.

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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