Take Company Class with DeNada

During the rehearsal period for DeNada's 2017 national tour of Ham and Passion, DeNada will be delivering open company class for professional dancers and students in their final year of vocational training. 

Ballet classes will be delivered by our guest ballet mistress, Nathalie Leger (former Northern Ballet principal), on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Company dancers will deliver contemporary class on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Class price: £4 per class 

Time: 9- 10 am Mon-Fri 


Week of 9th January: Yorkshire Dance

Week of 16th January: Leeds Beckett University Dance Studio (Headingley Campus) 

Week of 23rd January: Leeds Beckett University Dance Studio (Headingley Campus) 

For more information, email workshop@denada-dance.com 

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ENDanza Premieres Pons Guerra's 'Miranda'

ENDanza Premieres Pons Guerra's 'Miranda'

The Young Ballet of the National Dance School of the Dominican Republic, ENDanza, premiered Carlos Pons Guerra's Miranda- a new short ballet that explores William Shakespeare's The Tempest, drawing on Pons Guerra's research into Caribbean views on gender- at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Santo Domingo, on 4-5 February 2016. 

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Carlos Pons Guerra works with the National Dance Company of the Dominican Republic

Carlos Pons Guerra works with the National Dance Company of the Dominican Republic

During his time in the Dominican Republic, Carlos Pons Guerra taught class and excerpts from DeNada's repertoire for the National Dance Company of the Dominican Republic, under direction of Marianella Boan, in the company's studios at the National Dance School in Santo Domingo. 

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Carlos Pons Guerra in the Dominican Republic

Carlos Pons Guerra in the Dominican Republic

Carlos Pons Guerra will be working in the Dominican Republic throughout January 2016, in project supported by The British Council, Arts Council England, the National Dance School of the Dominican Republic and the National Dance Company of the Dominican Republic. 

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Audition: DeNada Dance Theatre

DeNada Dance Theatre- director/choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra- is looking for male dancers for its Autumn 2015/Spring 2016 UK tour of Ham and Passion: a Triple Bill of Dance. Dancers must have excellent classical and contemporary technique, good partnering skills, be open minded, expressive and experienced/interested in narrative work, with at least 2 years of professional experience, and capable of portraying several Spanish characters of both genders.

An audition, by invitation only, will take place in Leeds, United Kingdom, on July 16th 2015. For more information and to apply, please send an email including CV with photos and video link to audition@denada-dance.com before 6th July for pre-selection. 

Rehearsal and tour dates: 

(Please note, tour dates are still being programmed so these may be subject to change) 

4 weeks of rehearsal in Leeds, beginning on 24th August and until the premiere on the 2nd of October. Fee: £430 per week.

2 performances in autumn 2015, Leeds and Wolverhampton (Oct. 2nd and Nov. 6th)- Fee: £125 per performance

1-3 performances in London, autumn 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

1 week rehearsal in February, starting 1st February 2016, in Leeds. Fee: £430 per week.

3 performances in February, (5th, 12th and 25th, in Yorkshire and Birmingham). Fee: £125 per performance.

The company can cover travel to Leeds for rehearsals, travel to performances, accommodation in Leeds during rehearsal period and accommodation when on tour.

Peter Lang publishes essay on Young Man! by Carlos Pons Guerra and Richard Cleminson


Female Masculinity on Stage: Young Man! and the Subversion of Gender 
Roles is the title of the collaboration between choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and Dr. Richard Cleminson, Reader in Hispanic Studies, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds. The essay, which discusses DeNada Dance Theatre's exploration of the Spanish male image and contextualizes it within the Spanish theatre tradition and the social and political background of the time in which the piece is set, is part of a volume published by Peter Lang and edited by Rafael M. Mérida-Jiménez entitled Hispanic (LGT) Masculinities in Transition. 

The volume is a collection of essays which "investigate the cultural representations/intersections of masculinity and sexual minorities in Spain between the passing of the Law of Social Dangerousness and Social Rehabilitation (1970) and the reform of the Penal Code in 1995...Interlinking the fields of political and historical change and artistic production in order to assess whether cultural representations can be understood as mere reflections of social and political change." 

Pons Guerra and Cleminson have been collaborating since early 2013, shortly after the creation of Young Man!. They both look forward to future collaborations. For Pons Guerra, Cleminson is a valued and inspiring mentor who has been of great influence in the research and contextualizing of DeNada Dance Theatre's work. 

The book can be purchased online in Peter Lang Publishing's website

Carlos Pons Guerra explores the work of Tom of Finland in Yorkshire Dance's 'Sketch'

Tom of Finland, cruising, and the ballet Giselle: oh my! Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra will be in the studio researching all of the above as part of Sketch, a professional development programme designed by Yorkshire Dance. Through the eight months of the scheme, Carlos, one of the six dance artists chosen by Yorkshire Dance and industry professionals, will continue his research into the work of erotic gay cartoonist Tom of Finland, which began with his inaugural piece for DeNada Dance Theatre, Young Man!, alongside research into the history of gay men's cruising in the UK, all framed within his fascination towards romanticism, and in particular, the ballet Giselle.

Sketch will enable artists to research and develop a new dance idea with a focus on dramaturgical practice supported by international dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers, with support through the reflective process from Richard Sobey. The project will culminate in early February 2015. http://www.yorkshiredance.com/professional/work-we-support/sketch

As well as Yorkshire Dance, Pons Guerra will be supported in his research by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, and will receive mentoring support from Gary Everett, artistic director of Homotopia Festival, Liverpool. 

Launch Event

Sketch will be launched on Tuesday 9 September 2014, at Leeds Gallery, Munro House, Leeds, with an event where you can meet the artists and hear more about their projects. For more information about attending the launch, please contact Hollie Harkness-Gowers, hollieharknessgowers@yorkshiredance.com

Watch this space for news on sharings and/or performances of the research. 

Pictured: Carlos Pons Guerra by a Tom of Finland poster. Photo: Simon Harper