Turn 2016

Micro-festival of new northern dance.

Presented by Word of Warning, Contact + Dance Manchester

Friday 22 + Saturday 23 April 2016, 7.30pm

Celebrating five years of this whirlwind of dance at Contact, Turn’s two day spin around new northern dance sees energy burst from every nook and cranny…

Fluidly lyrical, effervescently acrobatic or eccentrically innovative, let Turn transport you into a frenzy of dance.

Now that it’s over, read reviews from The Public Reviews (Friday ★★★★ + Saturday ★★★★), Michelle Dee (Friday) and Emily Snow (Saturday); also previewed by About Manchester, recommended by The Skinny + shortlisted by City Life/Manchester Evening News.


Our eighth annual platform for dancers + dance-makers sees twenty-one short pieces of new work over two evenings, participating artists subject to change
FIRST NIGHT: Fri 22 Apr, 7.30pm — Jo Ashbridge | Tom Bowes Dance | Giorgio de Carolis | Bridget Fiske + Co. | Gayathri Ganapathy | Lizzie J Klotz | Holly Rush | Stream Project | Lauren Tucker
SECOND NIGHT: Sat 23 Apr, 7.30pm — Brink Dance Company | Ina Colizza + Antonello Apicella | Ekpei, McKie + Withycombe-Wharton | Louise Gibbons | Gracefool Collective | Manoli Moriaty + Frances Kay | Now | Shelley Owen | Joseph Reay-Reid | Adam John Roberts | Sap Dance

Video + installation runs throughout each evening from 6pm.

To get a feel for it, see Turn 2015’s programme + image gallery.

Venue + Booking Details

Dates: Friday 22 + Saturday 23 April 2016, 7.30pm
Venue: Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Tickets: £9/5 per night (two night pass £11/6)
Group offer: buy 10 (full or concession) tickets + get your 11th free.
Box Office Tel: 0161 274 0600

Schedule (timings are approximate and subject to change)

With 21 pieces of work across two evenings, Turn 2016 is a complicated event to run. Following are the schedules of what we plan to happen, but please be aware that things may change on the night!
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What people have said about Turn

★★★★ One of the key events in Manchester’s dance calendar.
The Public Reviews
Variety of performances and styles was good and prevented the feeling of déjà vu.
…great that a lot of different performers had the chance and the space to show their pieces.
Audience Feedback from 2015
Enjoyed the eclectic mix. A good way to sample dance, especially if you haven’t seen a lot before.
…creative and great to see such different work from emerging artists…
A real spur to young talent.
Audience Feedback from 2014
Great to see creative innovative new local work. Really good vibe.
Weird and wonderful — as always.
Fantastic platform for artists.
Audience Feedback from 2013

Access Information

Turn 2016 takes place in a number of different spaces and formats around Contact’s building — some seated, some standing, some limited capacity, some participatory. With intervals, each evening will last about 3 hours.
Age advisory: 14+ (parental/guardian discretion). For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 0161 232 6086.


Turn 2016 is co-produced by hÅb, Contact + Dance Manchester; supported using public funding by Arts Council England + funded by Manchester City Council. | Image: Jo Ashbridge, Turn Prize 2014 by Jerome Whittingham
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