JUMP!

JUMP!

JUMP! Scratch Night

Saturday November 2nd

Raise the bar at JUMP!

JUMP is back as part of Dance Reading Festival 2019! A dynamic and exciting scratch night for dance-lovers of all styles. It is a fantastic opportunity for you to see brand new ideas, works in progress and finished pieces, in a huge variety of dance styles. 

Performances of solos, groups and companies will take place alongside each other, featuring work from young dancers, semi professional and professional dancers. Come and see some of the exciting array of dance Reading has to offer, all in the beautiful and atmospheric setting of St Bart’s Theatre. 

Each piece will be between 2-10 minutes long, making up a full and diverse programme. All audience members will have a chance to share their thoughts with a feedback form that will be shared with the performers. 


Saturday November 2nd

St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

Doors will open at 7pm, Show 7.30 - 9.30pm

Tickets are £5 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://jumpshowcase.eventbrite.co.uk

DANCERS - APPLY TO BE AT JUMP! & SHOWCASE YOUR WORK AT THIS EVENT /// CLICK HERE

MCDC // Leaf No Trace

MCDC // Leaf No Trace

MCDC

Leaf No Trace

Sunday November 3rd

Join Michaela Cisarikova Dance Company as they brighten up your street with a colourful autumn explosion of urban and contemporary dance. Set to a funky upbeat soundtrack, dancers improvise with beautiful autumnal leaves on a giant canvas. If you’re feeling creative, you can join in too!

Sunday November 3rd

Broad Street

12pm - 12.30pm and 1.30pm - 2pm and 2.30pm -3pm

FREE

Renaud Wiser // Camouflage

Renaud Wiser // Camouflage

Renaud Wiser Dance Company

Camouflage

Sunday November 3rd

Dance Reading is excited to bring Camouflage, a captivating Virtual Reality installation devised by Okenwa in collaboration with Digital Artists Mária Júdová and Andrej Boleslavský. Audiences experience the piece one at a time, immersed in a digital and real world of dance and movement, navigating objects and performers as they are guided through the space.

Camouflage is a mixed reality game, a playful immersive experience of hide and seek.

Renaud Wiser is an associate artist at Swindon Dance and a former playtime artist at Pavilion Dance South West. Renaud Wiser Dance Company presents captivating and highly crafted dance productions. Set up as a platform for Wiser’s choreographic research, the work performed by the company draw on our current societal context and reflect on the forces that shape our modern society and that influence and define human relationships and interactions.

The piece will be run every 15 minutes and is experienced using VR technology, one at a time - please sign up for a slot in advance online via the link below.

Sunday November 3rd

30 minute experiences for one audience member between 2pm - 6.30pm

Conference Suite, Pentahotel, Oxford Rd, Reading RG1 7RH

Tickets £7 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://camouflagevr.eventbrite.co.uk

Hawk Dance Theatre // Getting from A to B

Hawk Dance Theatre // Getting from A to B

Hawk Dance Theatre

From A to B

Saturday 9th November

Hawk Dance Theatre presents ‘Getting from A to B’ - an immersive promenade performance around your Library! Join 2 captivating performers as audiences are taken on an entertaining adventure around library spaces. Looking at choices and decisions we face in our lives, the highs, the lows and everything in between, this show is suitable for all the family! Performed to original poetry by Louise Fazackerley, performers lead audiences between bookcases, weaving our unique stories into one volume.

Hawk Dance Theatre is a dance company based in Manchester that creates, explores and inspires audiences by offering work that is engaging & accessible. Directed by Josh Hawkins, the company develops visually dynamic and powerful productions for various platforms – theatres, festivals and digitally.

This imaginative and beautiful show is suitable for the whole family.

Saturday 9th November

Palmer Park Library 11am

Central Library 2pm

Show lasts 30 mins

BOOK TICKETS

https://gettingfromatob.eventbrite.co.uk

Nocturn //Yes Men Dance!

Nocturn //Yes Men Dance!

Nocturn Dance

Yes Men Dance!

A safe supportive space for anyone who identifies as male to learn to, or return to, dance led by male professional dancer John Darvell of NOCTURN.

Embarrassment is a key factor in stopping men from dancing. This class is the best way to lose your dance inhibitions while learning the core skills of contemporary dance with support tailored to the male body and each individual’s way of learning. 

This class welcomes men over 18 years old (lgbt+ inclusive). Enjoy learning contemporary dance, build strength and challenge yourself at a pace that is suitable for you.

If you have lost the space for dance in your life or have felt that this sort of thing isn't for men like you, trust us...men can dance.

We recommend loose comfortable clothing and bare feet for all classes.

Saturday 9th November

St. Bart’s Church, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

3pm - 4.30pm

Tickets £6 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://yesmendance.eventbrite.co.uk

Nocturn // Adult Contemporary Dance

Nocturn // Adult Contemporary Dance

Adult Contemporary for Beginners

This fun and friendly dance class is for any adults who feel inspired to dance, even complete beginners!

Starting with a full body warm-up followed by centre and travelling sequences that combine the fundamental elements of contemporary dance focusing on placement, control, breath and musicality. With a reputation for delivering fun, engaging and successful adult contemporary dance classes for over a decade across the South East, NOCTURN's classes are about encouragement, positivity and quality instruction.

We recommend loose comfortable clothing and bare feet for all classes.

Suitable for beginners and Intermediate - Over 18s, all welcome

Saturday 9th November

St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

5pm - 6.30pm

Tickets £8 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://adultcontemporary.eventbrite.co.uk

Leroy from Flawless // Street Dance Workshop

Leroy from Flawless // Street Dance Workshop

st bart's church (map)

Leroy De Santos - Flawless Dancer

Street Dance Workshops

Sunday 10th November

Discover or improve your groove with street dance classes from Flawless dancer Leroy Dos Santos. Workshops are for everyone and anyone, aged 10 and over, and will be hip hop based, focusing on foundational steps to help you improve your technical ability and confidence. Fused with different styles, the choreography will be fun and interactive, incorporating fundamental grooves, elements of freestyle and swag.

Leroy is a member of the Street Dance sensation Flawless, finalists on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. They have featured in films Street Dance 3D 1 and 2, and Leroy has danced for and worked with HM The Queen, Prince Charles, Stevie Wonder, Will.I.AM, Jessie J, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, Sugababes, The English National Ballet and more.

Sunday 10th November

St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

Beginners Workshop 10am-11am

Book Tickets

https://leroyflawlessbeg.eventbrite.co.uk

Intermediate & Advanced 11.30am-12.30pm

Book Tickets

https://leroyflawlessint.eventbrite.co.uk

tickets £6 (plus booking fee)

Lewis Cooke // RelaxtoErupt Workshop

Lewis Cooke // RelaxtoErupt Workshop

Lewis Cooke

Relax to Erupt Workshop

Sunday 10th November

Led by local professional dancer Lewis Cooke, RelaxtoErupt is a physically demanding dance practice influenced by contemporary dance, floorwork, kathak, boxing and movement practicality. During the class you will perform movement drills exploring how expansive the body can be, whilst learning how to move in and out of the floor as effortlessly as possible. The class will end with a movement sequence that Lewis has created using the RelaxtoErupt principles, that will be challenging and fun. RelaxtoErupt focuses on playfulness, curiosity and pushing our bodies away from where is naturally comfortable in order to find new pathways of moving. 

This is a chance to try a new and unique movement style from an experienced professional dancer. Lewis is working with exciting European companies, and knows what is expected of dancers entering, and working in, the profession today. This class is for intermediate/advanced dancers from any style.

**Please wear long trousers and have a long sleeved layer. You may also want to bring knee pads if you have them. You will be working in bare feet or socks, no ballet/jazz shoes. 

Sunday 10th November

St Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

1.30pm - 3pm

Tickets £8 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://lewiscooke.eventbrite.co.uk


Mother and Baby Movement Lab

Mother and Baby Movement Lab

Becoming Mums, Sport in Mind and Dance Reading present:

Mother and Baby Movement Lab

Wednesday 13th November

These fun, engaging and relaxing classes are designed to help mothers reconnect with themselves and their children through dance, promoting deep listening and meaningful play. Moving together is the perfect way to destress, feel active, and share a different moment with your child.

Whatever your ability, this friendly and engaging class will be a fantastic opportunity.

Run by Mafê Toledo, a leading dance artist, teacher and mother in association with Becoming Mums

Mums & Babies 2 - 2.50pm

RISC Conference Hall, 35-39 London St, RG14PS

Tickets £3 (plus booking fee) per mum, babies free

A safe space for mothers to share their experiences and strengthen their connection with

their babies through movement. Starting on the floor for a shared perspective with the

babies, we then continue moving together with them in slings. An opportunity to find your

flow, release tension, be fully present and learn about your body in its new, postnatal form.

Mums & Toddlers 3 - 3.50pm

For parents/carers with toddlers up to 3 years old. Siblings welcome!

Toddlers develop their fine and gross motor skills and learn about shapes, numbers, letters

and rhythms through creative movement. Parents discover the potential of non-verbal

forms of communication to enhance understanding and self-expression between

themselves and their children.

Tickets £3 (plus booking fee) per mum, 1 child free, additional children over age of 2 - £3 each

RISC Conference Hall, 35-39 London St, RG14PS

BOOK TICKETS FOR EITHER SESSION

https://mumandbaby.eventbrite.co.uk

These classes are part of an ongoing programme, launched by Dance Reading in partnership with Sport in Mind, funded by Reading Borough Council and Berkshire Community Foundation. A programme of movement and mindfulness classes will be rolled out across Reading in 2020.

Akeim Toussaint Buck // Windows of Displacement

Akeim Toussaint Buck // Windows of Displacement

Akeim Toussaint Buck

Windows of Displacement

Wednesday 13th November

Windows of Displacement is a powerful and exciting solo show, that blends dance, song and spoken word to explore diverse identities in today’s England, travelling through ancestral memory and the shifting and urgent politics surrounding the movement of people.

Born in Jamaica and living in the UK Akeim explores themes of imperialism, colonialism and displacement, creating an evocative story of the past, present and future of humanity. Prepare to be taken on a whole new experience of dance, to reclaim our collective responsibility.

“Windows Of Displacement is a powerful and prescient work. Akeim is a gifted storyteller, effortlessly weaving resonant historical accounts, sharp social commentary and compelling autobiography together with beautiful movement to create a captivating hour of theatre." Gilly Roche - New Work Producer, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Image by Ashley Karrell

Running time: 60 mins (no interval)

South Street Arts Centre, 21 South St, Reading RG1 4QU

Tickets £12 (£10)

Reading Arts Box Office - 01189 606060

https://www.readingarts.com/south-street/whats-on/windows-displacement-akeim-toussaint-buck

Dolly Mixture // Family Disco

Dolly Mixture // Family Disco

Dolly Mixture Family Disco

Shake your booties at our family disco, with classic tracks from Dolly Mixture DJ legend Jewels Vass.

Dolly Mixture, Reading legends, are back to get your whole family moving with disco and dance classics. Expect bubbles, balloons and baby boogie. 

  • For families with younger children (8s and under) 

  • Adult only groups are not admitted . A max of 3 children per adult in a family. If attending as a large party please ensure one adult to two children minimum.

Saturday 16th November

Weller Centre, 110 Amersham Rd, Reading RG4 5NA

2pm - 5pm

Tickets £3 per person (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://dollymixture.eventbrite.co.uk

CAJ COLLAB

CAJ COLLAB

CAJ COLLAB

Saturday 16th November

CAJ COLLAB invites two pairs of artists from different disciplines who have never worked together before and gives them a day to play. What they come up with is entirely up to them and they must perform it that evening! CAJ COLLAB is a creative way of looking at the politics of how performance is made, stemming from a desire to facilitate collaborations away from high stakes, labour intensive structures of: funding - rehearsal - performance, and to rediscover something about play/casualness. Come and see the result of a one off, one of a kind, casual collaboration.

Saturday 16th November

Reading University, Minghella Building, Whiteknights Campus, RG6 6BT

Doors open 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm

Tickets £5  (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://cajcollab.eventbrite.co.uk


Conference // Let's Talk About Dance in Reading

Conference // Let's Talk About Dance in Reading

Let’s Talk about Dance

Join colleagues in the creative arts sector to talk about the future of dance in Reading. With workshops, discussion spaces and an inspiring key note speaker, this conference is the first of its kind in Reading, and will enable participants to make new connections, help develop future strategy, and enhance their own practice.

Sunday 17th November

Reading University, London Road Campus, 4 Redlands Rd, Reading RG1 5EX

L22 room G03/4

2pm - 5pm

Tickets are free but please sign up for a place. If you find you are unable to attend, please ensure you cancel your ticket.

BOOK TICKETS

https://letstalkdance.eventbrite.co.uk

MESA x Helen Cox

MESA x Helen Cox

MESA x Helen Cox

Helen Cox and Ines Neto dos Santos

Friday 22nd November

Experience dance like never before in an immersive evening with a five course meal created by food artist Ines Neto dos Santos. With food that blends and borrows themes and aesthetics from a brand new contemporary dance piece, Bodies in Space, by Helen Cox, the audience will experience this multi-sensory performance in multiple sections throughout the evening, seamlessly linking the dance performance and the food experience together.

You can expect to come away from the evening with new ideas of what dance and a meal can be, both on its own and together.

About Bodies in Space: For the last 10 years NASA's Kepler space telescope has been recording light emitted from stars far beyond our universe. This information has been turned into sound, and the recordings are pulsating, otherworldly, and epic - opening the imagination to the vastness of our universe.

In contrast, we began to wonder, what would we hear at the other end of the scale, at an atomic scale? Our human ears are quite limited, we can't hear atoms, just like we can't hear the stars, but in a similar way to stars, we can convert their characteristics like light and colour, into sound.

From the most micro and macro parts of our world, Dougie Brown (sound designer) and Helen Cox (choreographer) come together to create an experience that will ignite your curiosity and stretch your imagination.

Friday 22nd November

RISC Conference Hall, 35-39 London St, Reading, RG14PS

Please arrive at 7pm. You will be greeted with a cocktail on arrival, and water will be available throughout. You are welcome to bring your own drinks for the rest of the evening.

Tickets £28 (plus booking fee) This ticket price includes a five course meal and a drink.

BOOK TICKETS

https://mesaxhelencox.eventbrite.co.uk


Alleyne Dance// A Night's Game

Alleyne Dance// A Night's Game

Alleyne Dance

A Night’s Game

Saturday 23rd November

A Night’s Game is a duet performed by twin sisters Kristina and Sadé Alleyne. Inspired by true life events, including stories of escaping the world-famous Alcatraz prison, the piece reflects the turmoil and strife of human emotion when faced with the prospect of incarceration.

Alleyne Dance brings to the stage dynamism and athletic strength delivered with grace and beauty. Explore the journey of these two athletic movers as they create a dark, atmospheric and abstract show that is as thrilling as it is powerful.

Saturday 23rd November

St. Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

Doors open 7.30pm, Show starts 8pm. Running time 60mins no interval

Tickets £8 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://anightsgame.eventbrite.co.uk

Akeim Toussaint Buck // Workshop

Akeim Toussaint Buck // Workshop

Akeim Toussaint Buck

Windows of Displacement Workshop

Akeim will be sharing his creative practice used to devise Windows Of Displacement, utilising a mixture of skills to tell a story. In this workshop participants will look at devising movement language, marrying with voice and text to convey messages. Expect to sweat physically and mentally, to laugh and over all get an insight into a fun, open creative process with Akeim Toussaint Buck aka Toussaint To Move. Movement with be accompanied by live, looped beat boxing made by Akeim with input from participants.

Akeim is a multifaceted performing artist. He seeks to create moving, thought-provoking, accessible and free-spirited projects with multiple artistic disciplines. Since graduating from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Akeim has been involved in cross-disciplinary projects working with a wide range of artists from around the world. His focus as a maker and collaborator is to combine expressive skills such as dance, poetry, beat-box, song, and theatre to create performances that galvanise diverse audiences.

Sunday 24th November

St. Bart’s Theatre, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

10.30am - 12pm

Age 14+, any experience level

Tickets £8 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://akeimtoussaintbuck.eventbrite.co.uk

Stopgap // Artificial Things

Stopgap // Artificial Things

Stopgap Dance Company

Artificial Things - Part of the Dance GCSE Syllabus

Slowly suffocating in each other’s company, a group of individuals seek escape in a bash of riotous rock-n-roll. However, their wild disorder descends into playground politics and reveals some uncomfortable truths. In this cinematic and evocative production Stopgap Dance Company creates a compact world of riddles that question our notions about unity and co-existence.

Dance Reading brings a new re-imagining of the renowned piece Artificial Things, with a live performance of the first scene, followed by a unique screening of the powerful film by Sophie Finnes, recently shown on BBC and filmed in an abandoned office building in Reading.

 Stopgap Dance Company are a pioneering dance company, creating exhilarating productions for national and international touring. They employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate. Their full length production of Artificial Things (2014), gained so many accolades in Britain that it became part of the GCSE curriculum in secondary schools. 

Sunday November 24th
St. Bart’s Church, St Bartholomews Rd, Reading RG1 3QA

Doors open 7pm, Show starts 7.30pm

Running time 1 hr including a Q&A with the company

Tickets £8 (plus booking fee)

BOOK TICKETS

https://stopgap.eventbrite.co.uk

Drishti Dance // Guardians of Direction

Drishti Dance // Guardians of Direction

Saturday 30th November

How do we get where we are going? and how do we tell others how to find us?
Guardians of Direction is the working title for a new dance performance by Reading's own Drishti Dance presented as a work in progress showing as part of Dance Reading 2019.

Drawing on classical hindu mythology around particular deities associated with the cardinal directions found on a compass, this contemporary performance breaks down the conventions of classical Kathak and aims to find a new language within which present day parables can be told.

This event is the culmination of a research & development project in collaboration with a dramaturg, producer and visual artist to explore new ways for Drishti to create performance. The 30 minute performance will be followed by a Q&A about the process and results.

Tickets £8 (+booking fee)

https://drishti-guardians.eventbrite.co.uk