Major Outdoor Spectacle to Launch LEAP Festival 2019

3 – 12 October 2019

The acclaimed dance festival will begin at Constellations with WILD, a new show from masters of dance-circus production, Motionhouse.

In its 26th year, Liverpool-based festival LEAP takes over venues across the city, in a landmark change to how dance is programmed in the North West. Taking a lead from MDI’s new Director Martina Murphy, LEAP will feature sited and staged work along Hope Street and in major venues including Constellations, Invisible Wind Factory, Unity Theatre and Bluecoat.

Launching on Thursday 3 October, LEAP brings dance to the bustling music venue and Baltic Triangle favourite Constellations. For the opening night, the thriving Baltic bar will play host to global touring production company Motionhouse, known for their stunning large-scale performances including the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Integrating dynamic choreography, acrobatic movement and hand-to-hand partnering, the newly premiered WILD (Brighton Festival, May 2019), will be staged atop an urban forest of industrial scaffolding in Constellations’ outdoor space, in a breathtaking show for audiences both inside and outside the traditional dance world.

Over the following 10 days, LEAP will offer a platform to aspiring local Dance Artists, as well as internationally renowned performers in a celebration of cross-artform storytelling through movement. Seke Chimutengwende & Alexandrina Hemsley’s Black Holes, Rosie Kay Dance Company’s Fantasia and Neon Dance’s Puzzle Creature are amongst the big name artists and companies already confirmed to perform this autumn.

MDI’s Director Martina Murphy says: “Liverpool has long been a city associated with music; from Merseybeat to today’s variety of festivals for every genre imaginable. Dance isn’t possible without music, and I want LEAP to make that connection this year – bringing dance to the venues where music never stops, to a city that so clearly wants to dance!”

Further dance, comedy and otherwise performative acts confirmed for this year’s festival include New Art Club’s Cupids Revenge and local visual artist Frances Disley who will be collaborating with music producer M T Hall as well as three Dance Artists from the North West.

There will be additional performances from MDI’s Liverpool-based companies Merseyside Youth Dance Company, and 50 Moves. More performances, workshops and events will be announced in the coming months, with tickets available to buy from August 2019.