LEAP has been a key part of the UK’s dance calendar for 26 years, and for 2019 we’re inviting performers to be part of a brand new Fringe, offering a platform for young performers based in Liverpool, and a chance for new audiences to experience dance. LEAP Fringe is a mini ‘festival-within-a-festival’ with a DIY ethos, using movement as the catalyst.
Expect the unexpected; a programme of pop-up performances on the street and in non-traditional theatre spaces along Hope Street, featuring new work commissioned as part of our North West Talent Development programme:
Sole Rebel Tap: Rooted-Rerouted
Inspired by American Tap dancer William Henry Lane (or Master Juba, known as the creator of tap)’s connection with the Metropolitan Cathedral, Hannah Ballard presents a new contemporary tap work on the site where the master performer passed away; the former Brownlow Hill workhouse. Sole Rebel Tap’s unique rhythmic language makes this pop-up performance a fitting tribute to his legacy, which included performances at Liverpool’s Theatre Role and Williamson Square in 1848.
Lisi Perry: Equilibrium
Visually stimulating, and sonically compelling, Lisi Perry explores elements of play, predictability and physics in Equilibrium, a performance by four professional dance artists and 25 students. A new project using yoga balls as both prop and instrument, Lisi’s promenade performance down Hope Street will be developed mass-participation community project, after the festival.
Matthew Rawcliffe: The Sun Rose
Hope Street Suitcases
A duet between two female dancers – a celebration of homecoming, fantasy and queer intimacy. Set to a soundtrack across Roberta Flack’s career, it follows our turbulent but immovable place within the cosmos. The work focuses on drawing an accessible narrative between the two women, reflecting the ever-changing nature of our interactions and relationships: as children, lovers, colleagues, teachers, artists and acquaintances. It is as fleeting as a late shift knowing glance across checkout counters and as cherished as a goodbye kiss. Created by Matthew Rawcliffe, a finalist on BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2019, and currently performing in Matthew Bourne’s touring production of Romeo and Juliet.
Lucy Starkey: Spacewalk
Promenade along Hope Street
Have you ever looked up at the sky and wondered what it would be like to hover among the stars? Take a walk in space with Captain Lightstar Starkey, your sightseeing guide for this promenade performance. Board a miniature rocket and zoom by stars, moons and black holes in this quest to discover the reaches of your imagination. Journey together in a land of myths and science, and revel in wonder at the sky we all look up to and share.
Plus, a new community-integrated commission from New Art club, also performing their hit show Cupid’s Revenge at Unity Theatre. Their new work Everything We’ve Ever Done And Everywhere We’ve Ever Been involves dance artists from across the city, with two performances at Static Gallery on Saturday 12 October to close the festival.
New Art Club: Everywhere We’ve Ever Been and Everything We’ve Ever Done
A newly commissioned piece of movement theatre devised by the company and directed by New Art Club. Using dance and spoken material, EWEBAEWED is a funny and charming look into our collective memories, performed by intergenerational dancers from Liverpool. A poem to our pasts and a love letter to the future.