In partnership with DanceEast, Dance Springs is an annual week-long festival, celebrating the very best of contemporary British dance. Now in its third year, this taster festival invites audiences to get close to the action with performances, and exhibitions across the University

Dance Springs 2016

Luca Silvestrini's Protein: May Contain Food

Chapman Lounge, College Lane campus
Showing: Thursday 3 March 18:00 and Friday 4 March 13:00
£20 Full, £15 Concessions, £10 Students

Multi-award-winning company Protein returns with its most playful collaboration to date as four vocalists and four dancers all sing for their supper in a dining setting that May Contain Food...Be seated at a table, offered a tasting menu and then served up a show that explores our relationship with food and the behaviours and protocols of mealtimes: from the pop of a cherry tomato to the temptation to devour another person's leftovers.

Curated by choreographer Luca Silvestrini and with an a cappella score by the acclaimed composer Orlando Gough, this witty piece of dance and music theatre presents a unique, visceral experience of indulgence, nostalgia and mischief.

May Contain Food was commissioned by The Place and funded by Arts Council England, The London Community Foundation and Cockayne - Grants for the Arts.

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Dance Springs: The Show

Weston Auditorium
Showing: Friday 4 March 19:30
£10 Full, £5 concessions, £5 students

Debuting four short works by some of the country's most exciting up-and-coming choreographers, this annual event, supported by the University of Hertfordshire is a platform for new performances by a diverse range of dance artists.

This year's show presents new work by the following artists:

  • Hip hop dancer and choreographer Botis Seva, who has previously worked with Sadler's Wells.
  • Capoeira specialist Katie Webster and B Boy trained dancer Benjamin Shepherd known collectively as Crimson and The Rovers.
  • Physical theatre artist Pola Krawczuk who has recently choreographed for the Emerge Festival 2015.
  • Suffolk-based Spanish choreographer Neus Gil Cortes who has danced with companies including the National Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Company.

As part of this choreography platform, the participants are mentored by established dance industry figures, Russell Maliphant and Cameron McMillan, as part of our commitment to supporting emerging dance artists.

The show is a co-commission with DanceEast and will open at Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich on Tuesday 1 March.

Dance Springs: The Films

Art and Design Gallery
Showing: Daily 9:30 - 17:30
Free admission

Throughout the festival in our Gallery, Dance Springs 2016 presents a variety of free, vibrant dance films, curated to build connections between movement and media.

The programme will include Still Life With Dog by Fevered Sleep, a short film following seven female performers, of all ages, each performing choreography of everyday actions.

Also screening is Erebus, an adaptation of the Rodin Project, a full-length work of contemporary dance by Russell Maliphant Company inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin.

University of Hertfordshire also premieres a newly commissioned film made with our Dance for Parkinson’s troupe. Tracking the relationship between a person with Parkinson’s and their carer, the film examines the liberating and transformational influence of the dance class.



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