Image: Lucy Starkey, Spacewalk

Announcement: Four Commissioned Fringe Artists

As part of MDI’s ongoing commitment to developing talent, and specifically talent in the North West, we’re excited to announce four incredible artists/companies successfully commissioned as part of LEAP’s first ever Fringe Festival. With four weeks to go until LEAP takes over venues across Liverpool, here’s the latest additions to our stellar line up…

First up, female-fronted collective Sole Rebel Tap will present a new work in the magical setting of Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral. Hannah Ballard & Lexi Bradburn have uncovered a historical connection between the iconic building, and American Tap dancer William Henry Lane (or Master Juba, generally credited as the creator of tap dancing). According to records, the master performer toured to England in 1848, performing at Liverpool’s Theatre Role and Williamson Square, before passing away in the Brownlow Hill workhouse, the site of the current Cathedral.

Combining their research with their unique rhythmic language, Sole Rebel Tap’s pop-up performance will be both tribute to Master Juba’s legacy, and an exciting addition to LEAP 2019. The group (dubbed “Larky, sexy, a bit rough at the edges, and irresistibly likeable” by The Observer) have previously performed at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Secret Garden and Wilderness Festival.

Dance Artist Lisi Perry, who has previously collaborated with choreographers and companies including Scottish Dance Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Jasmin Vardimon, will present new work Equilibrium. Exploring elements of play, predictability and physics, the piece will be performed by four professional dance artists along with 25 dance students (no mean feat for an artist who has created work for casts of up to 1200 for European Capital of Culture 2008 and Big Dance 2012 during the Olympiad celebrations).

Visually stimulating, and sonically compelling, the project uses yoga balls as prop and instrument, in a promenade performance from the Metropolitan Cathedral, down Hope Street.

We’re also proud to reveal that relative newcomer Matthew Rawcliffe, a finalist on BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2019, and currently touring with Matthew Bourne’s production of Romeo and Juliet, will perform a moving duet, staged at the iconic site of the Hope Street Suitcases.

Finally, Lucy Starkey – a dance artist with 13 years experience creating and performing site-specific and promenade work, including projects with The Imagination Museum, About Time and Moxie Brawl’s Sit Back, will lead a second promenade performance entitled Spacewalk. As Captain Lightstar Starkey, Lucy invites you to take a walk through space, and revel in wonder at the myths (and scientific truths) of the universe. She is also currently Associate Artist of Ludus Dance following her participation in their Occupied Scheme 2018-19.

LEAP 2019 Fringe takes place 11 – 12 October, and all events are FREE. More acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

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