Major Dance Spectacle to Launch LEAP 2019

We are thrilled to announce the dates and artists and companies confirmed so far for LEAP Festival 2019.

In our 26th year of programming dance for Liverpool and North West enthusiasts, we’ll be taking over venues across the city, and bringing dance to new audiences. Taking a lead from our new Director Martina Murphy, LEAP will feature sited and staged work along Hope Street and in major venues including Hinterlands, Invisible Wind Factory, Unity Theatre and the Bluecoat.

Launching on Thursday 3 October, the Baltic Triangle will come alive with a special outdoor performance of WILD from global touring production company Motionhouse, known for their stunning large-scale performances including the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Integrating dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering, WILD will be staged atop an urban forest of industrial scaffolding in the epic Hinterlands space, in a breathtaking show for audiences both inside and outside the traditional dance world.

Over the following 10 days, LEAP will offer a platform to aspiring local Dance Artists, as well as internationally renowned performers in a celebration of cross-artform storytelling through movement. Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina Hemsley’s Black Holes, Rosie Kay Dance Company’s Fantasia and Neon Dance’s Puzzle Creature are amongst the big names already confirmed to perform this autumn.

Further dance, comedy and otherwise performative acts confirmed for this year’s festival include New Art Club and local visual artist Frances Disley who will be collaborating with music producer M T Hall as well as three Dance Artists from the North West.

The festival will also include performances from our own companies Merseyside Youth Dance Company, and 50 Moves.

Sign up to our newsletter to find about further performances, workshops and events to be announced in the coming months. Tickets for the festival will be available to purchase soon. 

With thanks to Arts Council and Liverpool City Council for their support.