Yorkshire Dance launches the next set of Friday Firsts

By February 2, 2016

Theatre & Dance. Leeds.


On Friday 5 February, Yorkshire Dance will welcome Dutch dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers to present an evening of live-directed dance dramaturgy.

Sketch 2 brings together artists from years one and two of Yorkshire Dance’s ongoing artist development programme, Sketch, to reflect, share and focus on the role of a dramaturg in the creation of contemporary performance.

Peggy Olislaegers has been the artistic and general director of the Dutch Dance Festival since 2010, and Sketch 2 will include her live-directing new material: Hannah Buckley’sS/HE, a work-in-progress dance performance about equality influenced by men, women, science fiction and everything in-between. There will also be a short solo extract of Sonder by Jamaal Burkmar (winner of the 2015/16 New Adventures Choreographer Award).

This exhilarating evening will give a revealing insight into what it’s like for an artist to work with a dramaturg.

Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance, says, “It’s a privilege for us to work with someone of Peggy’s calibre in this way, and to enable Yorkshire-based dance-makers to spend several days working with her to develop their practice. This Friday Firsts evening offers the audience much more than a taste of what goes on – normally in private – in the studio. It’s a very high-energy, entertaining experience, the like of which is very rarely seen in the UK.”

Friday Firsts is a series of evenings that showcase work by independent choreographers and dance companies working on the small scale. Each evening has its own theme, helping artists experiment and develop their work, as well as providing a fantastic night of wit and thought-provoking entertainment for the audience.

For more information, visit www.yorkshiredance.com.