Two chances to see first class dance

You have two fantastic opportunities to see first class contemporary dance in Derbyshire this month.

Transitions Dance Company, pictured above, will return to Buxton Opera House with a brand new triple bill.

The works have been choreographed by Cristian Duarte, Oded Ronen and Charles Linehan.

Performed by 12 superb dancers, pictured, this surprising, intriguing and captivating performance combines quirky dance theatre with bold physical movement for an engaging and enjoyable night out.

Set to an arrhythmic electronic score by composer Tom Monteiro, Duarte’s humorous, bizarre and off-centre piece invites the dancers to plunder their physical and conceptual memory banks. Oded Ronen’s Kintsugi is a dance that is tender, vulnerable, dynamic and complex, inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi.  While Charles Linehan’s dance and drone technology collide in his work, offering an elegant bird’s eye view on the choreography.

Transitions Dance Company will be at Buxton on March 30 at 7.30pm. Go to for details.

Before that however, Tavaziva will perform their breathtaking interpretation of the Carmen story at Déda, in Derby on March 16.

Africarmen is an interpretation of the renowned Carmen story, played out through the entanglement of desire, deceit and corruption in an African township where military corruption is rife, Carmen dangerously and defiantly ignores all warnings in the persuit of a better life but finally succumbs to a tragic end.

Originally from Leicester, Lisa Rowley returns to the region to perform the title role of Carmen.

Established in 2004 and led by Zimbabwean-born choreographer Bawren Tavaziva, the company’s unique style is a choreographic synthesis of ballet, contemporary and African dance.

The performance features an original music score, specially composed and arranged by Fayyaz Virji of the acclaimed Warriors International, creating a powerful, beautiful, and unmissable show.

This is one of the last chances to see Africarmen on its final tour. Performances are at at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. Go to for more details.