DeNada Dance Theatre is happy to announce its tour dates for Ham and Passion: a Triple Bill of Dance by Carlos Pons Guerra. The tour, which spreads over autumn 2015 and spring 2016, will take the company to six cities across the UK, opening in Leeds' stage@leeds on 2 October and closing in Bradford's Theatre in the Mill on 26 February 2016.
Ham and Passion is an evening of seductive, provocative and emphatically Spanish contemporary dance theatre that will subvert the senses. This gender-bending night explores the history of homosexuality in 20th century Spain, as well as commenting on current notions of gender and sexual identity. Kitschy, filmic and darkly comical, DeNada Dance Theatre’s first triple bill promises to be an evening of luscious, thought-provoking entertainment- a feast of meaty and greasy dance soaked in a salsa of passion.
The triple bill opens with Passionaria, a fantasia of ham and sequins. Set to Manuel de Falla’s haunting score for El Amor Brujo, it is a story of exorcism happening backstage in a dingy cabaret of Civil War Barcelona, where a drag artiste has just murdered her abusive fascist lover.
Next up is Young Man!.This tale of ham and passion is inspired by Roland Petit’s ballet, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, and is a duel of seduction that puts the figure of the Spanish macho to the test, delving into the fatality of innate passions.
Completing the triple bill is O Maria, a divine comedy of ham and bondage set in a stifling kitchen of 1950's Seville, where a divine apparition unleashes a torrent of unquenchable desires for a religious woman with a feeding fetish and her tightly bound husband.
Choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra, Ham and Passion is performed by an international cast of dancers- Azzurra Ardovini (Italy), Victoria Da Silva (Spain), Phil Sanger (UK), Lisard Tranis (Spain) - to an eclectic soundtrack of Latin vintage classics and Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, with costume and set design by Ryan Dawson Laight (Drunk, Le Gateau) and lighting by Barnaby Lionel Booth.
You can catch Ham and Passion at any of the following venues:
2 October at 7:30 PM
Tickets: 0113 343 8730 // www.stage.leeds.ac.uk
Blue Elephant Theatre LONDON
14 & 15 October at 8:00 PM
Tickets: 020 7701 0100 // www.blueelephanttheatre.co.uk
The Performance Hub WALSALL
7 November 7:30 PM
Harrogate Theatre HARROGATE
5 February 7:30 PM
Tickets: 01423 502 116 // www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk
mac birmingham BIRMINGHAM
25 February at 8:00 PM
Tickets: 0121 446 3232 // www.macbirmingham.co.uk
Theatre in the Mill BRADFORD
26 February at 7:30 PM
Tickets: 01274 233200 // www.brad.ac.uk/theatre
Recommended age: 14+ due to partial nudity and suggestive imagery.
DeNada is currently planning workshops, lectures and open classes around the tour, so please watch this space for participation opportunities.
We hope to see as many of DeNada's followers and new faces as possible during the tour- follow the ham's adventures on @DenadaDT #hamandpassion.
The tour of Ham and Passion is funded by Arts Council England and Instituto Cervantes, and is kindly supported by the following institutions: