Dance lovers will be treated to some quirky and entertaining outdoor performances at this year’s Bradford Festival which takes place in Bradford’s City Park from 12-14 July.

Celebrated international touring British dance company, Motionhouse, bring their comic dynamic outdoor dance piece, Happy Hour.

The playful and funny male-female duet explores the theme of meeting a stranger in a crowded place and features quirky poses, dynamic lifts, athletic moves and split-second timing.

Visionary dancers, choreographers and teachers from Norfolk-based contemporary dance company, Glass House Dance are calling on all foot-tappers, dad dancers, disco divas, jumping jivers, old school ravers and shake-your-moneymakers to join them on a clubbing journey through the ages. Time Machine Disco is an interactive dance piece where participants release their inner rebel, become performers and take over the festival.

Glass House Dancers

A beautiful classical Indian dancer will ‘sketch’ a lion with her feet while dancing on a white cloth spread over red coloured powder in Simhanandini by acclaimed British Asian dance company, Annapurna Indian Dance. The extraordinarily striking, rare and ancient Indian temple ritual dance will be performed by renowned British classical Indian dancer, Abhinandana Kodanda.

Annapurna will also stage Dance of the Brass Plates –  a magical act performed on the rims of brass plates by gorgeous young temple dancers in breathtaking authentic costumes.

Abhinandana Kodanda is to perform the Annapurna dance

Both pieces feature a type of ancient Indian ‘Mridangam’ drumming by international percussionist, Pratap Ramachandran.

In addition to the dance programme, the 2019 festival features over 21 musical acts, 20 street theatre shows and 15 workshops.

Entry is free.

Coun Sarah Ferriby, Healthy People and Places Portfolio Holder, said: “We are thrilled to be staging such high quality dance again this year.

“This adds to an already colourful, vibrant and highly creative entertainment programme and I’m looking forward to seeing people make the most of it.

“All the acts are free of charge and everyone is welcome.”

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