Contemporary Dance

Locked down. Locked in. But living

Sun 18 Oct 20

Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet and Gary Clarke Company unite in a world-premiere triple bill of contemporary dance and ballet.

Featuring choreography by Jordan James Bridge (dancer, Studio Wayne McGregor), Daniel de Andrade (Artistic Associate, Northern Ballet) and Gary Clarke (Artistic Director, Gary Clarke Company) the three, new works will explore the theme of isolation caused by the international Coronavirus lockdown.

This thrilling, triple bill will see spaces in the Lawrence Batley Theatre come alive like they never have before! The works will be performed in the empty Lawrence Batley Theatre, recorded and screened to ticket holders on their preferred date.

About the works

Locked down

Studio Wayne McGregor’s dancers are renowned for their incredible facility, long classical lines and creative intuition. Locked Down explores what happens to a dance artist when they are confined to their living space for fourth months and are no longer able to travel through the large open spaces of a dance studio or a theatre’s stage. Drawing on themes of helplessness, use of repetition and the loss of freedom experienced by a performer during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan James Bridge’s choreography takes you on a journey from the perspective of a dancer who is used to filling spaces with movement and instead, has to find comfort in solitude, before finding a new freedom.


Choreographer: Jordan James Bridge

Music: Is It Cold In The Water? By SOPHIE (Flume & Eprom Remix) and Klass by Tom Ashbrook

Dancer: Izzac Carroll

Words by Conn Williams

Locked in

Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Associate, is creating Locked In, a dance film performed by four dancers exploring the bliss of unappreciated freedoms and the feelings which emerge from unescapable isolation. Through the piece, the grief for the loss of human contact, precious space and free will, is expressed differently from each individual’s unique experience of solitude. The Lockdown has become an enforced journey within and has also sparked creativity and refined sensitivities in all of us which dance has the power to subliminally express. Despite the isolation, hope still emerges as a way of coping while we yearn with renewed perspectives for the return of our precious freedoms.


Choreographer: Daniel de Andrade

Music: Near Light and Brim by Ólafur Arnolds. Infine and Chant by A Filetta. Frates by Arvo Pärt

Lighting Design: Abbi Fearnley

Costume Ideas: Kim Brassley, Carley Marsh and Mikhaila Pye

Dancers: Sean Bates, Sara Chun, Mlindi Kulashe and Matthew Topliss

But living

The 1903 film of Alice in Wonderland offers a dramatic and hyper-theatrical backdrop for this world premiere dance production by award-winning choreographer, Gary Clarke. Performed to the iconic Dial H for Hitchcock by acclaimed composer Nigel Clarke and played by the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Gary revamps this much-loved classic for the modern day.

But living flips the popular children’s tale on its head in this site-specific response, Alice is no longer trapped in Wonderland, but instead animates the unseen labyrinth of the Lawrence Batley Theatre. Dancer, Gavin Coward embodies all of the different psychological states experienced during lockdown, capturing the themes of entrapment, isolation, loneliness and escapism which in many ways are similar to the emotions experienced by Alice as she tries to navigate her way through Wonderland. Poetry and Costume Design by Gary Hartley Farrar compliment this surreal narrative.


Choreographer: Gary Clarke

Music: Dial H for Hitchcock composed by Nigel Clarke and performed by the Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Conductor: David Thornton

Recording: Nigel Clarke Mysteries of the Horizon (Naxos .574097)

Costume & Poetry Designer: Gary Hartley Farrar

Dancer: Gavin Coward

The Rabbit: Gary Hartley Farrar

How it will work

Ticket holders will receive a screening link in their email confirmation so that they can enjoy an evening of original dance from their homes on the day of their booked performance. Each link will expire after 48 hours.

Event Details



Running time:

1 hours 0 minutes

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