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DanceXchange Sets Autumn Season 2014 at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

DanceXchange announces its new autumn season today, confirming its reputation for presenting ground-breaking and award winning dance. From 25 September to 29 November some of the industry's acclaimed choreographers will present their celebrated productions in DanceXchange's studio theatre, The Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome.

The season opens with Avant Garde Dance's exceptional triple bill The Black Album on 25-26 September. Under the artistic direction of Tony Adigun, three distinctly different hip hop choreographies are seamlessly woven together like a concept album. In Omega five dancers and five columns of light improvise and respond to experimental DJs Jazzanova. A Classical Break presents a humorous and cheeky partnership between break dance and the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Dark Matter is abstract and visually captivating, and unleashes the inner darkness of eight powerful dancers. Tony Adigun was awarded Best Choreographer at the BEFFTA Awards in 2011 & 2012 and is also the Artistic Director of Sky One's Got to Dance programme.

Following last year's successful collaboration, DanceXchange is once again working in partnership with Fierce Festival (2 - 12 October), Birmingham's annual festival of performance and live art, to present UK premieres by two international movement artists - Miguel Gutierrez's Heavens What Have I Done (USA) on 5 October and Dana Michel's Yellow Towel (Canada) on 10 October.

The season continues with Mark Bruce Company's critically acclaimed, award winning production of Dracula from 15-18 October. Director and choreographer Mark Bruce brings Bram Stoker's haunting, erotic tale to life in this heart wrenching and magical piece of dance theatre, starring Jonathan Goddard as the infamous Vampire Count whose sinister and ruthless ambitions challenge the very fabric of Victorian society. Dracula won the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance in 2014 and features an eclectic mix of music from Bach and Mozart to Ligetti and Fred Frith.

South Bank Award nominee and Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate, Alexander Whitley was last in Birmingham with his successful premiere of Kin (for Birmingham Royal Ballet) at International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014. Widely regarded as one of the UK's most gifted young choreographers, Whitley returns to DanceXchange on 23-24 October, showcasing two works in his company's inaugural tour. The Measures Taken is a visually striking and kinetically charged collaboration with digital media artists Marshmallow Laser Feast. With the choreographic process rooted in the digital collaboration, the work is both a dialogue and a duet between human movement and the digital world. The Grit in the Oyster is a new work performed at DanceXchange ahead of its world premiere at Sadler's Wells, London as part of a celebration of the music of British contemporary composer Thomas Adès.

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