Dance Along the South Coast with The Point and partner venues this autumn
Phoenix Dance Theatre photo credit Richard Moran

This autumn you can see more thought-provoking dance with Dance Along the South Coast, created through the collaboration of four venues dedicated to bringing you extraordinary performance works.

A success in spring, Dance Along the South Coast begins this month and runs through to December as four venues showcase eight exciting dance productions. Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth, Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, The Point, Eastleigh and Lighthouse, Poole each play host to two shows that you can see as part of an exclusive ticket offer.

When you buy one full price ticket to any feature performance you can see another dance show at your venue of choice for just half price. Designed to encourage audiences to see more high quality professional dance, Dance Along the South Coast unites four leading regional venues in a determination to bring fantastic performance to the masses.

“In curating Dance Along the South Coast, we offer an exciting mix of styles, genres and scales, from ballet to digital, aerial to folk and hip hop.”  – Sacha Lee, Creative Producer at The Point, Eastleigh

Beginning Dance Along the South Coast’s autumn season of spectacular performance was Leviathan from the multi-award winning James Wilton Dance. This is man versus nature in Wilton’s visually breathtaking re-imagining of Herman Melville’s groundbreaking novel Moby Dick.

The English National Ballet presents Giselle at the Mayflower Theatre this October. Choreographed by Akram Khan with astounding set design by Tim Yip (Academy Award-winning designer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), this classic story of love, betrayal and forgiveness is a unique interpretation of the iconic ballet. The visionary production features an adapted score by Ben Frost, performed by the English National Philharmonic. Tickets range from £10.75 to £45.00 for performances on Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th October.

The Point welcomes back Phoenix Dance Theatre on Thursday 3rd November when the company presents a Triple Bill of innovative aerial dance. Celebrating 35 years of creating bold performance works, the company presents Bloom, Melt and Until.With/Out.Enough as dancers swoop and glide across the stage. Tickets are £14.

On Monday 14th November Lighthouse, Poole welcomes Balletboyz’s Life. Inventive, vivid and memorable the show takes an elegant and provocative look at life and death, presented in the company’s inimitable style. Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells in association with artsdepot tickets are £18.00.

When you buy a ticket to one of the above full price shows you are invited to see another, at any of the other three participating venues, for half price. See below for details on the four productions included.

Dance Consortium presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Mayflower Theatre on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th October. This is an evening of brilliant dance works from some of today’s most acclaimed choreographers including the most widely-seen modern dance performance in the world, Revelations. Half price tickets are £17.50.

On Thursday 13th October audiences saw Alexander Whitley Dance Company’s Pattern Recognition at The Point. Fusing contemporary dance with innovative technology, dancers are tracked by a system of moving lights as the show explores learning and memory in relation to the technology of artificial intelligence.

For festive fun see The Demon Barbers The Lock In ‘Christmas ‘Carol’ at Lighthouse, Poole on Sunday 20th November. Half gig, half dance show and half panto The Telegraph say this is “guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling.” Join regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks on Christmas Eve for just £8.25.

Dance Along the South Coast concludes with Our Mighty Groove by Uchenna Dance at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth on Thursday 1st December. Funded by Arts Council England this is an interactive production set in an underground New York Club following five female club goers whose personalities and amusing behaviour will leave you wanting to join in. This empowering and energetic performance is priced at just £6.00.

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Photo credit: Phoenix Dance Theatre/ Richard Moran.