Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life Is like a Playground in Another Highlight of Dance; in a Season of Highlights, Dance City Is Offering Yet Another This Week, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Life Is like a Playground in Another Highlight of Dance; in a Season of Highlights, Dance City Is Offering Yet Another This Week, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports

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FOR fans of all things North East, here's another achievement to boast about - that Newcastlebased Dance City is currently staging the biggest programme of dance outside London.

That's the assertion of Dance City boss Anthony Baker but an ambitious programme only really counts as an achievement if people are turning up to watch.

So are they? "It has gone really well," Anthony says. "Audiences have been great and we've been really pleased.

"People have responded to the excitement around the programme and the quality of the work we're bringing in."

One of the recent big hits was Akaash Odedra, Birmingham-born but steeped in the traditions of Indian classical dance and now a big draw here and overseas.

He formed his contemporary dance company in 2011 but a solo performance at Dance City attracted a large and appreciative crowd.

This week brings another of the season's highlights in the Jasmin Vardimon Company with a work called Park, set in "an urban oasis, a place of refuge from ordinary life where eight characters play, fight, fall in love and learn to survive".

This is gleaned from the website which adds: "In this playground of relationships, young lovers wrestle in a historic fountain, a graffiti artist sprays his love story, a busker finds his only appreciative audience in a bag lady and a flag-waving bully rants worn out political beliefs."

A "modern day fairytale" is in the offing.

Anthony says ahead of the performances on Wednesday and Thursday: "This is one of the most signifi-cant British dance companies that we've had here over the last 10 years. Jasmin Vardimon tours internationally but doesn't tour quite so much in this country."

Vardimon was born on a kibbutz in Israel and for five years was a member of the Kibbutz Dance Company. In 1995 she won a choreography award from the British Council which brought her to London where she set up her own dance company two years later.

Both she and her company have since picked up awards and accolades around the world. …

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