Bristol Old Vic celebrates dance in all its forms this February with three leading British dance companies

This month, Bristol Old Vic is welcoming three of the top British dance companies to the stage, as part of its mission to shine a light on an art form which needs championing in the city.

From Tue 11 – Thu 13 Feb, Rambert2 return, following their sell-out run in 2019, to present the world’s most exhilarating early career dancers, with their latest triple bill. Formed each year from a global search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combined technical virtuosity with raw energy. They work some of the most exciting international choreographers around to create dance pieces that embody their fearless spirit.

This brand new programme features Sin, a duet by Damien Jalet and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, created as part of their 2010 piece Babel (words). It also includes new work by Andrea Miller, a star of the New York dance scene known for “visceral, imaginative work, where dancers can seem to do the impossible” (Dance Magazine), and Jermaine Spivey, a dancer and choreographer best known for his standout performances with Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot.

From Tue 25 – Wed 26 Feb, Candoco dance company, comprised of seven disabled and non-disabled actors, returns to Bristol Old Vic with two gripping works by internationally renowned choreographers Yasmeen Godder and Theo Clinkard.

Face In is a sensual and disturbing ode to intimacy and imagination, expressed through striking images interwoven with daring and uninhibited dance. Set to an urban indie score, Candoco invites you to bask in this wild fictional world that feels uncomfortably familiar yet strangely distorted.

Hot Mess is an unpredictable and anarchic performance set to an eclectic score by the award-winning Joe Newman of Alt-J. Let by Theo Clinkard’s exploration of ‘consciously unknowing’ as a vital creative source, Candoco’s dancers fearlessly embrace spontaneity and uncertainty as they navigate and environment that is constantly in flux.

And finally, from Fri 28 Feb – Sun 1 Mar, internationally renowned choreographer Akram Khan presents a re-imagined version of his adult, solo piece XENOS. Created by Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites, this captivating family production takes young audiences back in time, exploring the often forgotten and untold stories of World War I colonial soldiers, in order to shine light on our present and future. Performed by Guilhem Chatir and Kennedy Junior Muntanga, Chotto Xenos is intended for anyone over the age of 8.

Bristol Old Vic is running a special discount offer for the three dance pieces. Visitors can save 10% if they book 2 dance shows, or save 15% if they book all three. The discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Tickets can be booked at or by calling 0117 987 7877.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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