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, […]

 Matthew Waddell

Interview: Earl P “Covering many bases and styles in my music is one of my goals”

Interview: Earl P “Covering many bases and styles in my music is one of my goals”

Luke Pearson is an electronic musician from Shiney Row, Sunderland, releasing under the Earl P moniker. He started out making music aged 16 on his computer after messing around with synthesisers in a band, and has since moved to study music at Leeds Beckett. Now 22, Luke expects to release his debut album later this […]

 Libby Bateman

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn @ Sunderland Empire

Review: Dance 'Til Dawn @ Sunderland Empire

Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace brought first class footwork and impeccable choreography, with a bit of humour thrown in, to The Sunderland Empire stage. As expected, there seemed to be a lot of Strictly Come Dancing fans in the audience, as there was a massive cheer as both Vincent and Flavia […]

 Emma O'Neill

The stars of Dirty Dancing teach Northern Lights a few moves

The stars of Dirty Dancing teach Northern Lights a few moves

Dirty Dancing is returning to the Sunderland stage at the Empire Theatre and, to celebrate, Northern Lights were invited along to an exclusive workshop headed by the production’s Associate Choreographer, Glenn Wilkinson. Most of us are already familiar with the film – set at Kellerman’s resort in Catskill, New York during the summer of 1963, […]

 Gemma Hirst

Review: The Sense Of An Ending at Red Road Dance Theatre

Review: The Sense Of An Ending at Red Road Dance Theatre

The Sense Of An Ending is an episodic piece of dance and theatre that highlighted the suffering of women in the North East. Portraying the struggle of experience a traumatic time in their life, from the loss of a child, a career, their lover or a relationship. It was an emotive piece that allowed the […]

 Emily Park

REVIEW: balletLORENT Presents The Night Ball @ North Shore

REVIEW: balletLORENT Presents The Night Ball @ North Shore

On October 17, the dance floor of Sunderland’s North Shore filled with couples waltzing, swaying women, and the odd person unashamedly giving the dance performance of their life. BalletLORENT had triumphantly rid audience members of their inhibitions and had them up and dancing among a scattering of professionals. The dance company’s production, The Night Ball, […]

 Laura Nicholson

Dance 'til Dawn – Strictly's Vincent and Flavia Return To Newcastle's Theatre Royal

Dance 'til Dawn – Strictly's Vincent and Flavia Return To Newcastle's Theatre Royal

Strictly Come Dancing stars, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal from Monday 9 June until Saturday 14 June, with their new show Dance ‘til Dawn. The country’s favourite Argentine Tango act will whisk you back to the glamour of the 1940s with their Latin dance routines. Dance ‘til Dawn is a sensational […]

 Ellen McGann

¡VAMOS! Festival – The Region-Wide Celebration Of Latin Culture Returns!

¡VAMOS! Festival – The Region-Wide Celebration Of Latin Culture Returns!

¡VAMOS! Festival returns for 2014 between Friday 6 and Sunday 22 June with events celebrating Spanish and Portuguese speaking cultures across North East England. The line-up for this year’s festival has now been announced, and it promises to provide you with a host of exciting guests. As ever, you can expect a truly vibrant array […]