Theatre & Dance

DeNada Dance Theatre: Ham & Passion 

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Thu 25 Feb | 8pm | Tickets £11 (£9) | Theatre | Age 14+
Recommended age 14+ due to nudity and graphic images

DeNada Dance Theatre present a gender-bending evening of seductive and provocative dance choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra. Three short narrative works form this kitschy and filmic bill of contemporary dance with a very Spanish flavour- a true feast of meaty dance soaked in a salsa of passion. 

From a dingy cabaret in Civil War Barcelona, where a drag artiste murders her fascist lover backstage, passing through a lustful duel of seduction between two  machos, and ending with a divine apparition in a kitchen of 1950's Seville, Ham and Passion is an exhilarating, hilarious journey through the history and culture of modern Spain that promises to subvert the senses. 

Performed by an international cast of dancers, to a  soundtrack  of  Latin vintage classics and Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, with stunning period costume and set by Ryan Dawson Laight and a perfect mix of dance, jamón and drama, these three explosive period pieces will excite adult audiences of all backgrounds.

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extreme passion and florid sexuality

funny, sexy and flamboyant

"Innate intelligence and theatricality"

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A study in melodrama, Passionaria is an anxious solo about murder, guilt and exorcism. This fantasia of ham and sequins happens in a dingy cabaret during the Spanish Civil War, where a drag artiste murders her fascist lover. Set to Spanish composer Manuel de Falla's haunting score for El Amor Brujo (Wedded by Witchcraft), Passionaria is an ode to all those brave enough to assert their individuality in a time of fear. 

Young Man! 

Inspired by Roland Petit's ballet, Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Young Man! is a lustful duel of seduction that puts the figure of the macho to the test, delving into the fatality of innate passions in a duet that promises to subvert perceptions. Coarse and greasy, like the skin of an Iberian ham, Young Man! is a creature of desperation found in many of us. 

O Maria 

A divine comedy of ham and bondage, O Maria takes place in a stifling kitchen of 1950's Seville. An unexpected heavenly apparition unleashes a torrent of unquenchable passions for an oddly paired couple: a religious woman with a feeding fetish and her tightly bound husband. Divinely subversive, this kitschy kitchen drama upturns all gender expectations to a delicious soundtrack of mambos and flamenco.

About the company...

DeNada Dance Theatre is a UK based dance company that exports, explores and subverts Hispanic and Latin culture in Britain and beyond. Directed by choreographer Carlos Pons Guerra, it entertains, provokes and inspires through vigorous physicality, extravagant theatricality and the blending of dance vocabularies that creates its distinct style, offering work that is accessible, darkly humorous and passionately poignant.

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