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I’m writing on behalf of Gary Clarke, Artistic Director of Gary Clarke Company, to ask for your help and support with our new collaboration this Autumn between choreographer Gary Clarke, photographer David Severn, and the LGBT+ community.

Gary Clarke Company is a dance theatre company based in South Yorkshire, known for creating powerful, national award-winning touring work with and amongst marginalised communities.

Please use this link to donate to 50 Portraits

Following Gary’s award-winning COAL and Wasteland, the final part of the trilogy, DETENTION (to be created in 2023) will cover the personal stories and experiences of 50 members of the LGBT+ community who were affected by the controversial anti-gay legislation Section 28. 

To accompany the show, we would like to create a new touring photography exhibition called 50 Portraits which will be presented in theatre foyers, gallery spaces, community centres and on-line, will be available to the general public for free and will be created to help deepen the context of the live show, raising awareness and visibility of LGBT+ lives.

Each of the 50 contributors will have their portrait taken by acclaimed photographer David Severn, who is well known for his striking and beautiful portrayal of working-class Britain. In order to raise the funding for this photoshoot we have set up a GoFundMe page and we would be grateful if you could donate and share the link via your own social media, friends and colleagues in order to help us realise our next important work with the LGBT+ community. 

Thank you for your support

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Doorstep Dances Goes Live

Dance Artists Tamar and Jo from Hull launch Doorstep Dances.​ From August 19th until September 26 ​members of the public can enjoy a very special visit from the two professional dancers, to perform right on their doorstep.

After its release, earlier this month, the Doorstep Dance video featuring Tamar and Jo went viral on the BBC website with over 5000 views in the first week.

T&J Doorstep Dances Menu

From today members of the public can now choose a dance, from the ​5 specially designed dances ​including contemporary dance, Northern soul,disco​ ​dance and dance theatre, each under 5 minutes in length.

‘​It’s just like selecting a song from a pub jukebox, but with real life people, all from the comfort of your home.’

Book Your Doorstep Dance From Today

• You might choose a contemporary dance with a summery vibe with music by Laura Marling.

• If Northern Soul is more your thing, select Frank Wilson’s Do I Love You with Twisted Wheel inspired moves.

• Or how about picking about a sassy reworking of Donna Summer’s iconic disco floor filler I Feel Love?

Doorstep Dances by Tamar and Jo was designed to be an inclusive experience so operates on a ​Pay What You Can​ basis, with no obligation to make a contribution. Suggested donation is £5-£20 per visit.

All performances will comply with social distancing measures to ensure the safety of audiences.

We hope having the dances Pay What You Can will allow lots of people the chance to experience Doorstep Dances, everyone from individuals and families in households whatever their income, to social care settings that have been isolated by Covid-19.” Tamar and Jo

thumbnailYou don’t need a special occasion to book a dance; the aim is to bring live performance back into communities to audiences old and new. However, a Doorstep Dance could make a ​Unique and very Special Gift ​for a friend or loved one, who you haven’t seen for a while due to lockdown. Or maybe there’s someone you want to say a very special ​Thank You​ to.

Just imagine the response when they receive a Doorstep Dance from Tamar and Jo, dressed in bespoke outfits, ready to add a touch of joy to their day.

Whichever dance and track you choose from the groovy ​@Bluebeany​ designed menu, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable experience, as Tamar and Jo put on a very special show just for you.

Don’t Delay Booking opens from Aug 19 and closes 26 Sept 2020

Book Your Doorstep Dance From Today

It could not be simpler to book a Doorstep Dance. Just contact Tamar and Jo and ask for a Booking Form and menu of dances to choose from. Once your completed form is returned you will be contacted within 2 days to arrange your dance.

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Doorstep Dances​ has been made possible by the kind donations of supporters via Crowdfunder. It is still live if you would like to make a donation:

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Live Dance at #PopUpPatio York Theatre Royal

Dance Artists Show The Way Forward in Time of Covid. Friday Aug 14th I travelled to York to check out some live dance performance. [Feels good to say that again] A specially curated, production by York Dance Space to launch York Theatre Royal’s #PopUpPatio event series. Continue reading

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Self Isolation Week Ten

Day Seventy: I suppose I ought to address the big talking point of the day, before it passes by and gets replaced by the next pin for the media to try and knock down. Continue reading

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Ceyda Tanc at Transgressions 2019

Kaya was tribal, ritualistic. I thought it was Egypt, Pharaohs with fantastic balance of emotion and strength and power, the strength being in performance and the ability of the dancers who although each individuals, worked seamlessly as one. Helen Powell dancer

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Lithuania’s Aura Rewrite the Rules at Transgressions 2019 

Ar galiu su jumis pašokti? Contemporary Dance returned to the Live Art Space in spectacular fashion with the arrival of Aura Dance Theatre to Ferens Art Gallery this weekend. Saturday evening at Transgressions 2019 saw the first ever visit to the UK by Lithuania’s leading dance company Aura led by Birutė Letukaitė. Continue reading


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Transgressions 2019 The Lithuanian Connection

Transgressions 2019 was a dance festival that explored questions about dual – cultural heritage, how do groups and people new to a country use dance to find their identity as individuals and artists? It is no accident that Lithuanian companies and performers feature so heavily throughout the three day programme, the first being Okarukas Dance Theatre and the site-specific work ‘Birds’. Continue reading

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Smudge Launches Transgressions 2019

Dancing, breathing, learning some of the best things in life… Inside a pop-up studio on Humber Street the pro-company are applying the polish to their section of Smudge, throwing themselves to the floor, and high kicks to the heavens. The community cast wait and watch for their cue as the music and the movement builds to an angelic climax.  Continue reading


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Hull Choreographic Prize 2018 Winners Announced

First thing to say Hull Dance Prize is never boring; whether it’s exploding water melons, blinding tech; audience participatory ballet class; a fresh choreographic language with all the feels. Weds 14th Nov saw the 5th Hull Dance Choreographic Prize taking place on the big stage at Hull Truck. Continue reading

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Hull Dance Prize 2017 Winners

(Post delayed but I’m a completist so couldn’t just leave unpublished) Hull Dance Prize 2017 happened. No really it did, last Saturday inside Hull Truck, an esteemed panel deliberated until announcing the winner Grim Visions. Continue reading

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