Demeaned, depreciated, belittled, the not-normal, the others.
In their differences, six artists unite to dance their own Love Stories.
What would a Love Story look like if it was told by people who exist in the margins?
Love_Dances is a new contemporary dance piece by Adam Russell Dance that has been devised, created and choreographed over 2020.
Six artists, dancers and non-dancers, came together in halls, dance studios and even on beaches across Teesside and the wider North East to talk about Love.
In those halls, in those studios and on those beaches, six artists wrote their own love stories. Each of the performers acknowledged their existence in the margins and took the bold step to share the experiences of Love.
Love_Dances explores the universality of Love, charting the highs and lows of finding, keeping and experiencing Love as people living in the margins.
Love_Dances will eventually tour to outdoor venues and festivals, hopefully in 2021.
This work would be nothing without the courage, might and belief of our Creative Team -
Alys North, Adam Russell, Peter Pearson, Sarah Golding, Ethan Briscoe, Cameron Sharp, Luca Rutherford, Jennifer Essex, Aaron Bowman and Giulia Coti Zelati.
Thanks to Dance City Newcastle and the Discovery Museum, Centre for Excellence in Creative Arts Hartlepool, Base Camp Middlesbrough, Hartlepool Wintertide Festival, Adam Strickland, Stephen McGrother, Karen Ann Jones and T. Tranca.
Phase 1 was supported through a Dance City Soup bursary through the audience vote and a short film was created danced by Adam Russell and Alys North, working with film maker Giulia Coti Zelati.
Love_Dances has been awarded a project grant from Arts Council England to support the development of Phase 2.
Music This Night is For You and For Me by Danny Norbury.