Preview: Mapdance 2023, Theatre Royal Winchester

Preview: Mapdance 2023, Theatre Royal Winchester

Experience theatrical dance from established and emerging choreographers when Mapdance 2023 visits Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 29 March.

Mapdance – the University of Chichester’s performance company – brings to the stage four dances, including three newly commissioned pieces.

First Light by award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel is inspired by the Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam. The intricate piece explores the evolution of humankind.

The physically-charged Winged Beast by Kay Crook – Artistic Director of Chhaya Collective, a female-led contemporary dance company – is inspired by the Greek myth, Medea, who sought revenge on Jason.

While Let Us Know You by Luke Brown is inspired by the artist Mihoko Ogaki’s Milky Way sculptures that represent life, death and rebirth – with the piece looking at the body as a galaxy and the space we live in.

There will also be a re-staging of On Your Marks by the internationally-renowned choreographer, Gary Clarke, who was commissioned to produce work for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Inspired by the dance marathons of the 1930s that spread across America during the Great Depression, which saw competing couples dancing for days, weeks, and sometimes months, for fame and fortune, the piece combines Clarke’s theatrical movement style with humour and explores this bizarre act of human endurance.

Mapdance 2023 will be at Theatre Royal Winchester on Wednesday 29March, at 7pm. For more information or to book tickets visit: or call 01962 840 440.

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