‘The Great Dictator’ by Anthony Lo-Giudice has been selected as one of the youth dance pieces from the UK to be performed in the New Dimensions strand of U Dance 2015. The work is a response to recent events in Paris and explores themes of freedom of speech and the strength of unity. New Dimensions was launched in 2013 to push the boundaries and challenge pre-conceived ideas about youth dance work by providing a platform to showcase exceptionally high quality performances. YDT were one of the groups selected to represent the North East in U Dance Leeds 2012 and this was a valuable and inspiring experience for everyone involved.

The group will attend a 4 day national youth dance festival in Plymouth 22-25 July, staying in Plymouth University’s student accommodation. YDT will perform ‘The Great Dictator’ at the Theatre Royal and will watch another 2 main stage performances. This incredible participatory programme also includes technique classes, workshops and dance experiences led by outstanding dance teachers, choreographers and artists in the industry. The event will culminate in a mass outdoor dance for hundreds of young people involved in the festival. This is a chance for YDT to meet, network and socialise with other young dancers from all over the UK.

Four groups from across the UK were chosen for New Dimensions from the 20 that performed in the selection day at the Southbank Centre in London on Saturday 28 March. This is a fantastic achievement for all the young dancers involved and recognition of the challenging work that that Anthony has created for the group.

Each youth dance group was judged on demonstrating excellence in both choreographic & performance standards, evidence of a challenging approach to choreography and the ability to develop and sustain a choreographic idea. The judging panel was made up of Linda Jasper (Director, Youth Dance England) Trish Okenwa (Rambert Dance Company) James Cousins and Freddie Opoku – Addaie (Professional choreographers). YDT’s feedback included,

‘A very dramatic and emotional performance was created through effective use of movement, sound, props and words. The audience was swept along with the emotion created through building momentum with action and music. The movement material was excellent and the dancers took risks and demonstrated good trust between them.

This was a big subject to tackle: a task not always executed as well as with this group. The idea was extremely well explored and delivered. The choice of words and sound gave a very effective background to the work and helped create a very dramatic effect.’

 
 
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