About Juncture

Gillie Kleiman (c) Camilla GreenwellYorkshire Dance is delighted to announce that this year’s Juncture will be curated by artist Gillie Kleiman.

Gillie is currently selecting works made with non-professional performers, to be staged in a range of venues around Leeds over a long weekend from 27 – 30 of October. The programme will be announced later this spring but artists confirmed already include theatre company Quarantine, choreographer and dancer Lucy Suggate and filmmaker Sara Lindström from Sweden, who will be commissioned to make a new film featuring people from Leeds.

Gillie explains her artistic intent for Juncture 2016: “The community dance movement, folk dance, YouTube dance classes and Strictly all tell us the same thing: everybody dances. Departing from here, this edition of Juncture collects together artworks where the role of the professional dancer is given to someone else, bringing artists, participants and their shared work into conversation about what happens when the dancing is handed over.”

Many of the performances and events will be free of charge, and happen in public places or venues not usually associated with dance.

Juncture was first curated for Yorkshire Dance in 2012 by Charlotte Vincent in an initiative designed to bring new work, professional development, critical debate and innovative performance practice to Yorkshire.

A second Juncture festival was curated in 2014 by Wendy Houstoun.

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Juncture aims to stimulate the practice and thinking of established practitioners and emerging artists across Yorkshire, develop new audiences for ground-breaking contemporary dance in Yorkshire and support the artistic and curatorial practice of the lead artist and collaborators involved.

As well as the spaces within the Yorkshire Dance building, we have worked with Hyde Park Picture House, The Tetley, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre to present some of the performances 2012 and 2014.

The professional development aspect of this project is designed to make a significant impact on the most promising young artists working in the region; those with the potential to develop their voice to make a significant contribution to the development of dance, either nationally or regionally.