Rounding off a hugely successful global tour, including a smash hit Edinburgh Fringe run, critically acclaimed Circolombia comes to London to headline the Underbelly Southbank Festival from 24 May-14 July. Audiences will experience the power of fourteen performers deliver some of the most technically challenging circus skills including the Russian Bar, and ‘teeth hang’, the jaw dropping aerial act for the first time as part of the festival. Paired with original music, Circolombia delivers world-class, gravity defying performances to a beat-heavy soundscape. Continue reading Circolombia

Artsmark in question

Questions have been raised about Artsmark, Arts Council England’s flagship scheme promoting creative learning in schools, following engagement figures which have slowed. The proportion of schools engaged in the scheme increased by just 1% between 2005 and 2017, despite an overhaul of the project in 2015 and over £10m of investment since 2006/07. It seems the scheme is not as popular as it once was, with the majority of schools that have either applied for or held the award in the past have decided not to re-engage with the scheme. Continue reading Artsmark in question

VERVE embarks on 2018 international tour

Northern School of Contemporary Dance’s acclaimed postgraduate company VERVE has commenced its international spring tour. Under the direction of Matthew Robinson, the company will perform four bold new dance works in 18 towns and cities across the UK and Europe, culminating in a performance at The Place, London on 26 May. VERVE performances offer audiences a chance to witness the next generation of dance artists, on the cusp of their professional careers, and an opportunity to sample current, innovative voices in contemporary choreography. Continue reading VERVE embarks on 2018 international tour

Let’s Play – training for primary school teachers

The Let’s Play programme aims to give primary school teachers adequate training and guidance on directing a series of specially commissioned plays, and creating opportunities for young students to be involved in every stage of a theatre production. Considering the fact that many creative subjects have been squashed from the curriculum across schools, this appears to be a hugely positive move. Continue reading Let’s Play – training for primary school teachers

Birmingham International Dance Festival

Birmingham International Dance Festival returns to the city from 1 – 24 June, showcasing choreography in theatres and a takeover of Birmingham’s streets and squares, championing the best of current choreography and putting local talent on an international stage. In the UK’s leading city for dance, BIDF celebrates the city exploring themes of imagination, digital art and the diversity of dancer’s bodies. Continue reading Birmingham International Dance Festival