Programme 2015

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Artists Announced for Dance Village 2015

Dance Village at Bristol Harbour Festival, 18 & 19 July, 2015
Lloyds Amphitheatre and Millennium Square, Bristol, BS1 5LL

Dance Village returns to this year’s Bristol Harbour Festival with a dynamic and diverse array of dance for today’s audiences. As the leading free festival of dance in the South West, Dance Village aims to surprise, engage and entertain weekend audiences of over 25,000. Pushing beyond our previous Village boundaries, this year’s Dance Village now extends across Lloyds Amphitheatre and Millennium Square, with an expanded programme of pop up dance and participation.

For 2015 we host the South West chapter of ADAD’s biennial ‘Bloom’ Festival of Dance of the African Diaspora; co-commission ‘Cape Alley’ by Trash Dollys and work closely with our first Associate company, Stopgap, to build the profile of inclusive dance in the city.

Visiting Artists include:


Stopgap – Billy & Bobby
Dance Village Associate Company Stopgap return to Bristol with a whistle stop tour through a bygone age, when dancers did it for the audiences.

Boy Blue

Boy Blue Entertainment

Internationally renowned, Olivier Award-winning hip hop dance collective Boy Blue Entertainment showcase a selection of original, groundbreaking hip hop, meshing perfectly with a pulsating soundtrack.

Jolie Vyan

Jolie Vyann – H2H
Mixing dance, circus and theatre, H2H explores hand to hand support, stunning audiences with surprising and inventive tricks and enchanting them with heart warming characters.

Noir Dance Company pic: Roger Barnes

Noir Dance Company – Change
Noir Dance Company aims to bridge the gap between the traditional African Diaspora forms and the “new” youthful expressions. This excerpt from ‘Change’ offers a frank and forthright look at our role in society.


Trash Dollys – Cape Alley
Enter Cape Alley, a derelict nether world where the ragtag band of resident outlaws dance t their own strange tune. Co-commissioned for Dance Village by PDSW, BCC, Theatre Bristol & Swindon Dance.

Irie Dance Theatre © Foteini Christofilopoulou

Irie Dance Theatre -Four Stages, Red
The country’s leading exponents of African and Caribbean dance fusion make a welcome return to the city with ‘RED’ from their new quartet of works, representing the four colours (Red, Gold, Green & Black) associated with the Rastafarian faith. RED brings all the vibrancy, passion, danger and power associated with the colour.

Corey Baker

Corey Baker – Headphones
A solo dancer makes the audience his dj as he demonstrates his vast catalogue of music and choreography. A comical, highly interactive show from an exciting voice in UK dance.

James Wilton Dance – Last Man Standing.

Multi award winning James Wilton Dance return with their astonishing and daring physical prowess with an excerpt of their current touring production.

Jade & Shango

Jade & Shango – That Ain’t Right
4th April 1968, Edna and Thomas Chapman are hearing the tragic news about the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King from their old FM radio. This dancing documentary signifies the feelings that a nation may of felt when hearing the news of their iconic leader and civil rights voice being silenced.

Upswing - Red Shoes

Upswing – Red Shoes
The Hans Christian Anderson tale gets the Upswing treatment, blending Chinese pole with create a magical, colourful world.

Ballet Black

Ballet Black – To Fetch a Pail of Water
Bringing ballet to culturally diverse audiences by celebrating black and Asian dancers in ballet, Ballet Black return with a new work by Kit Holder.

2Faced Dance - Kapow

2Faced Dance – Kapow
Roll up, roll up and join us for the inaugural Superhero Games! Three of planet Earth’s greatest superheroes are getting ready to battle it out for the title of ‘Most Supreme Superhero… Ever’, and YOU are invited to join them.

Folk Dance Remixed-Step-Hop-House

Folk Dance Remixed – Step Hop House
A fresh, colourful and magical collision of traditional and Hip Hop dance and music: a high-energy, theatrical performance bringing a unique remix of Maypole, Clogging, Ceilidh, Street, House and Breakdance with a hint of African & Bollywood… to a live soundtrack of fiddle, banjo, percussion & beat boxing.


Funk the Quay

Our Saturday hip hop finale featuring Funkamental, Jukebox Collective, Jodelle Douglas, Fully Functioning Individuals, Urban Influence, Swindon YDA Urban. Compered by Rannel Theatre and Hakeem Onibudo.

Rise YDC pic: Roger BarnesSYDCoACE Youth Dance

Youth Dance
Including Rise YDC. SYDCo, Hype Dance Company, Swindon & Exeter YDA’s, ACE Youth Dance,CVS & O’Malley School of Irish Dance.

Laila Diallo3rd Stage DanceMundi Dance

Regional Artists
Including Laila Diallo, Ballet Nimba, 3rd Stage, Mundi Dance, Afidance.

Free, open access workshops include swing dance, argentinain tango, street jazz, african caribbean fusion & hip hop.