Déda celebrates exciting new chapter

Havana HurricaneDéda in Derby is holding a weekend of performances and events this month to herald an exciting new chapter for the organisation.

The £412,000 redevelopment programme at the Chapel Street venue has included a new dance and circus studio, conference and meeting rooms as well as new seating and flooring in the existing theatre.

They will be officially launched with a weekend of events from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26, with a range of performances and a family fun day.

Déda has also launched a new BA (Hons) Dance degree in partnership with the University of Derby and the first students on the course will be among the hosts welcoming visitors to the new facilities.

The weekend starts with a performance by Tavaziva Dance on Friday, October 24, at 7.30pm, with a pre-show talk by artistic director Bawren Tavaziva at 7pm.

Tavaziva Ten is a stunning and seductive collection of ten five-minute pieces depicting the extraordinary story of one man’s imagination in a show celebrating the company’s ten years of dance-making.

On Saturday, October 25, the first performance of the new LaDéDa Burlesque Cabaret will be held at 8pm with a lavish evening of entertainment.

The cabaret is produced by lead performer and rock ’n’ roll redhead Scarlett Daggers and hosted by lyrical lothario Stage Door Johnny.

They are joined by showgirl Anna Fur Laxis, knife thrower and illusionist; Havana Hurricane, unashamedly risqué Vegas-style glamour pictured above; comedienne Crimson Skye; and burlesque puppeteer Kiki Lovechild.

Family fun is the order of the day on Sunday, October 26, with Déda inviting children aged four and above and their families to take part in a wide range of circus skills and dance workshops with resident artists WinterWalker and the Dance students.

There will also be the chance to tour the new facilities, learn more about the dance classes available for all ages, marvel at aerial and circus skills demonstrations and enjoy an interactive performance by WinterWalker which will take visitors on a promenade around the venue.

Déda director Stephen Munn said: “The launch weekend is an exciting time for Déda and we have organised a range of events to appeal to all of our audiences.

“We hope that the diversity of the performances and events throughout the weekend will encourage people to come and see dance in a new light and learn more about how they can get involved in the future – including the new Circus Skills Sunday family workshops which will start in the New Year.”

Please contact the Déda box office Tel: 01332 370911 or visit http://www.deda.uk.com for more details.