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 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.

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,

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


DeNada DT awarded Arts Council England funding for 'Ham and Passion'

DeNada Dance Theatre is delighted to announce it has been successful in its latest application for Arts Council England's Grant for the Arts, which will enable the company to produce its triple bill of dance works, Ham and Passion, in preparation for touring in 2015. 

With the awarded funds, the company will develop its three current productions (Young Man!, O Maria and Passionaria) through rehearsal at DanceXchange, Birmingham, and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds. The grant will allow choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra to further his mentoring relationship with Olivier Award winning choreographer Javier de Frutos, and to collaborate with established costume and set designers. Alongside its time in the studio, the company will also deliver a series of outreach activities to offer an insight into DeNada Dance Theatre's quirky, kitschy style.

More information to follow on the company's plans and the progress of the project. 

Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra and DeNada Dance Theatre are very grateful to Arts Council North as well as all the institutions and individuals who have supported the Grants for the Arts application, including:

DanceXchange, The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Yorkshire Dance, Homotopia Festival, Bradford Theatre in the Mill,  Spin Arts Management, Brighton Pink Fringe, Ovalhouse London, Phil Hargreaves and RDC Youth. 


New Work by DeNada Dance Theatre

New work by DeNada Dance Theatre 

After a great time at International Dance Festival Birmingham, DeNada Dance Theatre will be back in the studio from June 16th creating 'Café Salomé' (working title), a piece commissioned by Ovalhouse London, Brighton Pink Fringe and Bradford Theatre in the Mill. 

This 'fantasia of ham and sequins', a tale of murder and transformation inspired by the Berlin novels of Christopher Isherwood (also the inspiration for Cabaret, the musical and film), will be developed and performed in each venue as work in progress. 

The piece will be mentored by choreographer Javier de Frutos and will have dramaturgical assistance from Spanish fashion film director Gsus Lopez. 

Come see the first scratch performances in London's Ovalhouse Theatre, from June 25th-28th, 19:45. Would be great to see you there! Performances in Brighton in July and Bradford in September. 

(Pictured: Victoria Da Silva in 'Café Salomé'. Photo by Josh Hawkins)

DeNada DT Announces Commission For Its New Work: Passionaria

DeNada DT Announces Commission For Its New Work: Passionaria

DeNada Dance Theatre is delighted to announce it has been successful in its application to create a new piece of work- El Salomé- through the 'Transforming Stories' commission designed in partnership by Ovalhouse London, Brighton Pink Fringe and Bradford Theatre in the Mill. From June until September 2014, the company will develop its new piece in each venue, performing the work in the three cities alongside two other commissioned artists.

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Dance UK Interviews Carlos Pons Guerra about 'Les Folles'

On the 21st of April, Dance Uk's Communication and Membership Officer, Laura Dodge, travelled to Leeds to sit in on a rehearsal for Carlos Pons Guerra's commission at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Les Folles, a dark, Fosse-inspired version of Bronislava Nijinska's 1923 ballet, Les Noces, with music by Igor Stravinsky. 

The full interview can be found here


DeNada Goes to Spain

DeNada Dance Theatre's Young Man!  has been shortlisted for the Tetuan Choreography Competition, in Madrid, which will take place from the 25th-27th April at the Eduardo Úrculo Theatre. This will mark the company's first ever visit to Spain.


For more information on the competition, which has contemporary and flamenco dance strands, and is directed by Spanish contemporary dance pioneer Teresa Nieto and flamenco choreographer Daniel Doña, please visit the competition's website: 



International Dance Festival Birmingham

Delighted to announce DeNada Dance Theatre will be performing 'Young Man!' at International Dance Festival Birmingham, alongside Candoco Dance Compnay with Javier de Frutos' 'Studies for C'. Come along to 'Out and About'-Birmingham Hippodrome in partnership with Birmingham Pride- for an open air performance of our toxic tale of ham and passion! 24th May, Village Green, Birmingham, 2.20pm & 4.20 pm, free entry. 

International Dance Festival Birmingham is a four week dance festival of 'world premieres, unique collaborations, community events, outdoor spectacles and world-class performances'; featured international artists include Sylvie Guillem, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Fabulous Beast. You really want to be in Brum from April 24th-May 25th :)

DeNada Dance Theatre welcomes Simon Harper PR to deliver press and media support

DeNada Dance Theatre welcomes Simon Harper PR to support the company in its Media and Public Relations activity. 

Simon started his career in dance in 1989 as a performer in West End theatre. He now carves a freelance arts pr career following full time media and pr work for Birmingham Royal Ballet, Elmhurst School for Dance and Sadler's Wells. He is currently Regional Press Manager for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014. Through his work with DeNada Dance Theatre, Simon looks forward to furthering his work in the field of contemporary dance alongside choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, his company and its supporters. 

To contact Simon with any press and media enquiries for DeNada DT, visit out contact page or email




Choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra Announced as Juncture Fellow

DeNada Dance Theatre's AD and choreographer, Carlos Pons Guerra, has been announced as Juncture Fellow for Yorkshire Dance's two-week festival, Juncture, curated by Wendy Houston, and which will take place in Leeds, March 2014. 

Juncture is an initiative, developed by Yorkshire Dance in collaboration with choreographer Charlotte Vincent, to bring new work, professional development, critical debate and innovative performance practice to Yorkshire.

The programme aims to stimulate the practice and thinking of established practitioners and emerging artists across Yorkshire, develop new audiences for ground-breaking contemporary dance in Yorkshire and support the artistic and curatorial practice of the lead artist and collaborators involved. (

During his fellowship, Carlos will continue his research on cinematic approaches to narrative dance work, developing solo work for a new piece under the working title of Aurorax 0.5 (loosely based on Petipa's Sleeping Beauty, Pedro Almodóvar's Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, and inspired by Spanish women's addiction to sleeping pills). Juncture will offer Carlos the opportunity to share his work  and engage in dialogue with all the participating artists as well as the festival's curator, Wendy Houston.

O Maria Premiere

All these ladies were absolutely delighted with last night's premiere of O Maria at the Riley Theatre! They ran home to tell their friends  Thank you to our warm, loving audience and our fantastic supporters- Arts Council North, Spin Arts Management, Yorkshire Dance and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Watch this space for announcements of future performances- and thank you once again!