Folklore–inspired contemporary dance, punk and grime music, family fun and cheeky burlesque are just some of the highlights in store for audiences over the coming weeks at Déda, Derby’s leading creative centre.
The spring programme at Déda in Chapel Street is packed with unique performances created by world-renowned artists.
The programme starts on Thursday February 1 with ‘LORE’ – the new production from award-winning dance company James Wilton Dance in partnership with Déda. This folklore–inspired journey into a pagan world of gods, demons and humans is embodied through otherworldly athleticism set to the specially composed soundtrack by Michal Wojtas, who draws influence from Viking, Celtic and Slavic folk music.
‘Tits and Teeth’ by Thick & Tight will visit Déda on Friday February 9 as part of its national tour. Reviewed by The Stage as ‘simply divine’, this riotously funny and thought provokingvariety show mixes ballet and contemporary dance with drag, satire, mime and lip-syncingfeaturing a host of ‘characters’ from Barbara Cartland to Winston Churchill.
‘Punk Alley’ on Saturday February 17 is a show for all the family and creates a vibrant and fun space for young people to explore what they want to use their voice to fight for. Described as loud, wild, and unapologetic joyride of live original punk music and high energy dance, the show is fully BSL interpreted and everyone is invited to participate in creating songs, writing placards, and playing music. To help audience members better engage with their inner punk, the performers are holding a free workshop beforehand.
The family fun continues on Friday February 23 when ‘1 Click Away’ takes children and their families on an interactive journey combining, dance, movement with the thought-provoking message of the environmental impact of online-shopping and excessive waste production.
This is followed by fun and frolics of a different kind on Saturday February 24 when Déda’s flamboyant and extravagant ‘Ladeda Cabaret’ returns with burlesque performer Scarlett Daggers and her troupe entertaining the audience of 18+.
‘40/40’ on Tuesday March 5 is an inspiring, insightful and moving celebration of Katherina Radeva’s 40 years as a woman, a migrant and an artist who tells her captivating and empowering stories through speech, electric tape and movement.
‘Undercurrents’ by Thrive Dance on Saturday March 9 takes the audiences to three different spaces in Déda to explore socially–relevant themes around womanhood, home and the environment in an intimate and immersive way.
Last, but not least, ‘All About the Fight – Going the Distance’ on Saturday March 16 by Grime Dance Theatre combines dance, grime music and boxing skills to tell the empowering story of personal struggles and resilience.
Déda Artistic Director and CEO, Steve Slater, said: “This programme truly reflects our vision to enrich people’s lives through dance, movement and creativity and our commitment to producing work that appeals to a broad audience.
“Our intimate theatre space is particularly ideal for these performances which are all created to draw the audience into immersive and unforgettable experiences.”
For more information and to book tickets, please visit https://www.deda.uk.com/whats-on; visit the Chapel Street venue in person or call the box office, Tel: 01332 370911.
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