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Dance students to tour UK after New Adelphi premiere

Wednesday 14 November 2018

DANCE students kick off their professional touring careers with a 12-date tour of the UK.

Twelve dancers on the inaugural MA Dance Performance programme take to the stage under the name Emergence – a brand new dance company collaboration between Jos Arnott Dance and the University of Salford.

Led by Artistic Director Joss Arnott and Salford lecturer Sarie Mairs Slee, the dancers tour a double bill of works created for and with them by Arnott and Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Sharon Watson.

Both works - which premiere at New Adelphi on November 29 - take empowerment as their starting point.


Watson’s piece titled   And still I walk…   draws inspiration from the women’s suffrage movement and focuses on the theme of mankind’s continued plight for justice. This deeply emotional piece features a transformative score of music by Hans Zimmer and Max Richter which enhances the sense of being taken on an emotional journey, and  costumes inspired by a visit to the People’s History Museum in Manchester.

Sharon explained: “The piece has been inspired by 100 years of the suffragette’s movement. A movement which I think and believe is still relevant to us today. It’s a message that speaks to our females as well as our men.”

And still I walk... (Trailer) from Emergence on Vimeo.

Arnott’s work   When Worlds Collide   also features a powerful, cinematic score which has been composed specially by James Keane.

Joss has described the work as “a really exhilarating spectacle, demonstrating an exquisite interplay between movement, music and lighting which audiences will hopefully remember for a long time”.

London date

The 12-venue tour starts with the premiere on 29th November in Salford's New Adelphi and travels to Leeds on 31st January then Sale, Tunbridge Wells, Harrogate, Dundee, Truro, Kendall, London, Horsham and Cardiff before the final performance in Hull on 19th March 2019.

The student/dancers are: Rebecca Callow, Julie Charalambidou, Alana Cowie, Esmée Halliday, EmmaHopley, Lucy Jones, Emma Lane, Matilda Maginnis, Francesca Perazzolo, HayleyWalker, Jessica Ward and Hannah Woodliffe.

To book your tickets from the New Adelphi premiere go here (£3 student tickets with code 'dancewithus')

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Gareth Hollyman, Senior Press & PR Officer (Science)

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