Trailer and more details released for ‘LEAP Fringe’ ahead of dance festival’s 26th year in Liverpool


3rd – 12th October, 2019

A programme of pop-up performances will take over Hope Street, treating drinkers and diners to world class dance in unexpected places, including Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, Blackburne House and Pen Factory as mardi of MDI’s free Fringe Festival, from 11-12 October.

As part of MDI’s year-round commitment to talent development, Sole Rebel Tap, Lisi Perry, Lucy Starkey and Matthew Rawcliffe have been awarded grants to present new work.

Inspired by American Tap dancer William Henry Lane (often credited as the creator of the dance form), Sole Rebel Tap present a new contemporary work. The collective, dubbed “larky, sexy, a bit rough at the edges, and irresistibly likeable” by The Observer, have previously performed at Edinburgh Fringe, Brighton Fringe, Secret Garden and Wilderness Festival, and are excited to bring their unique rhythmic language to a new audience at LEAP.


Renowned dance artist Lisi Perry, who has worked with Scottish Dance Theatre, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and Jasmin Vardimon, will show Equilibrium,a visually stimulating and sonically compelling dance work, exploring elements of play, predictability and physics. The piece also enrols the talent of four other dance artists and 25 dance students, making it a truly collaborative work.

Lisi said “I love the idea of presenting my work on Hope Street – a bustling part of the city, where so many people will get to see it. Equilibriumwill animate the outdoor space around the Metropolitan Cathedral and I can’t wait to see people’s reactions!”

BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2019 finalist Matthew Rawcliffe is the creative force behind The Sun Rose, a duet celebrating fantasy and queer intimacy, set to a soundtrack of music by Roberta Flack. The piece explores relationships, and its setting within the iconic Hope Street Suitcases seems fitting, with travel a constant reminder of our ties to one another.

Finally, dance artist Lucy Starkey dons her helmet to become “Captain Lightstar Starkey” for Spacewalk, a space-themed adventure for performer and audience travelling from one end of Hope Street to another, and perfect for families. Starkey has 13 years experience creating and performing site-specific work, and is currently Associate Artist at Ludus Dance.

 LEAP 2019 Fringe also features some of Liverpool’s most promising new performers aged 18-30, and a new commission from the stars of Cupid’s Revenge, New Art Club, which closes the festival on Saturday 12 October at Static Gallery.

Tickets for LEAP 2019 are on sale at| All Fringe events are FREE

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LEAP takes place from 3rd – 12th October across various Liverpool venues. For the full line-up of performances as well as to buy tickets for each show, head to