####Who are they?
Winners of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Trust Award in 2010, Levantes Dance Theatre is Bethanie Harrison and Eleni Edipidi.
Originally from Greece, Eleni trained at Laban and MMU and has toured internationally with the Belgian based company Victoria and has performed in the Opening Ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic and Paralympics Games! Eleni was the recipient of The Marion North Mentoring Scheme 2009, with Lindsey Butcher as her mentor.
Bethanie trained in Dance and Visual Art at MMU and has co-directed and co-choreographed LDT since the beginning. Bethanie has collaborated with art practitioners Andre Gingras and Anna Macdonald and has lead workshops in schools in the Northwest with “Charged 2 dance”. Bethanie was the recipient of The Bonnie Bird New UK Choreography Award 2010.
Levantes Dance Theatre has a constant enthusiasm for fusing artistic disciplines and indulging in vibrant aesthetics. Current, bold and honest, the work visually explores contradictions: the mundane and divine, the absurd and the familiar in a kitsch cocoon of colourful activity.
####What People Have Said About Them
The Northern Ballet foyer no longer bristles with the wary fascination of bystanders as Levantes Theatre mixed cupcakes, made paper-chains, flew paper aeroplanes, and scattered confetti into the early gloaming. - Aled Roberts, Head Receptionist, Northern Ballet.
Members of Levantes Dance Theatre trace ambiguous themes of compulsive disorders, pleasures and sins through an intensely visual display. Inventive props and wacky costumes feature high on the agenda… - Josephine Leask, Resolution
Canapé Art is the performance of daily routine with a peculiar twist. A series of task are repeated, extended and submerged in sugar to playfully explore aspects of human behaviour.
Canapé Art is small pieces of play performed both amongst and in front of its audience, pockets of performance that hopefully trigger a smile.