Gemma Hirst

Review: COAL at Dance City

Whenever I go to see a performance that is based on the history of mining, I am always sceptical of what else you can do to a story that is so poignant with the North East. With performances such as Pitmen Painters and Billy Elliot, I wonder what other stories can be told through a […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Launch Day @ Dance City

Never have I been proud to say where I come from till tonight (March 5), as Dance City celebrates the North East’s industrial history via the dance performance of Launch Day. A performance choreographed by Kristin Kelly-Abbott, the contemporary dance piece is based on Alexander Millar’s artwork of the Gadgies that focuses on the lives of the region’s […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: Africarmen, Dance City

As I stand at the bus stop waiting to get to Dance City in the cold, wet and snowy weather we are having in the North East lately, I only hope that choreographer Bawren Tavaziva’s African interpretation of Carmen can warm me up. As I arrive at the performance space, I immediately feel the heat, […]