Students set to take centre stage at Alhambra

Performing Arts students at Bradford College

Performing Arts students will take to the stage of Bradford’s famous Alhambra Theatre this weekend for a major dance celebration.

They are set to appear in a production called Exchanges on Saturday night which brings together over 200 performers from across Bradford.

Organised by Bradford Dance Network with funding from the Arts Council and backed by Yorkshire Dance, Exchanges has seen six local dance artists work with dance and community groups from across the city to create a culturally-diverse show.

Lisa Edwards, Programme Leader for Performing Arts at Bradford, is delighted her students have been involved in the project.

“It is an amazing opportunity for the students to perform alongside talented practitioners from the region and in a professional theatre space,” said Lisa.

The Bradford College students, who are from the Performing Arts UAL Levels 2 and 3 courses, will perform a piece entitled “The First 1001 Days of a Child Life” which is a mixture of dance, text and physical theatre.

The project has been overseen by professional choreographer Alesandra Seutin who has created the opening act the show.

“I’ve heard such wonderful things about the dance scene in Bradford and jumped at the chance to head north,” said Alesandra.

“My aim is to fuse a wealth of dance genres from hip hop to Bhangra, contemporary and everything else in between by ‘exchanging’ techniques and processes with these talented local artists to create something show-stopping and unique to Bradford. This is so exciting for everyone involved but especially Bradford.”

Also involved in the event are performers from Dance Bradford, Kala Sangam, Lucie Lee Dance Co. Shrikant, Dance United Yorkshire, DMA Ballet, YACAD, Mind the Gap, RSK Dance and DMA Street.

Bradford College offers a variety of performing arts courses at a range of levels within its Northern School of Creative Industries, which also runs courses in film, creative media, media make-up and music.

Exchanges takes place at the Alhambra on Saturday night from 7pm. Tickets cost between £7.50 and £9.50. The box office telephone number is 01274 432000.

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