Amy Bell

The Forecast

Presented by The Lowry + Word of Warning as a WTF Wednesday

In Brief

Amy dances and talks her way through this witty and dream-like solo performance, riding the blustery winds of aspiration and becoming, all the while hoping her umbrella doesn’t get turned inside out.

Read an interview with Amy about The Forecast in Everything Theatre, and a preview in Manchester Wire.

Venue + Booking Details

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2019, 8pm
Venue: The Lowry (Aldridge Studio), Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
Tickets: available to reserve from Friday 26 April, Pay What You Decide (cash only) in person on the evening. Please note the WTF Wednesday ticketing policy below.
Box Office Tel: 0161 876 2000 (The Lowry)

Access Information

Age advisory: parental/guardian discretion (contains nudity + swearing). With no interval, the show lasts approximately 1 hour. Features a combination of animation/ video, dance/ movement, live + pre-recorded amplified sound, and spoken text. For specific age + access information please email or call 0161 232 6086.


What happens when opposing fronts sweep across the shifting landscape of the gendered body? Can we intervene in newly forming identities, or must we surrender to their unpredictability?

Immersed in a live digital soundscape by composer Jamie McCarthy, with dramaturgy + animation from visual artist Hetain Patel, Amy Bell tackles the all too human longings and frustrations of transformation, trying to read the forecast, and wondering how we will know when we’ve arrived.

Who is she?

A London-based dance artist whose work embraces performing, making, writing, teaching, and curation, Amy Bell’s recent works use the interplay and slippage between words and body to interrogate processes of change in felt gender and sexual identities.

Amy’s performance work has included theatrical, installation, and site-sensitive works for Tino Sehgal, Hussein Chalayan & Damien Jalet, Alessandro Sciarroni, Lea Anderson, Charlotte Spencer, Chiara Frigo, Marco D’Agostin, and Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions, amongst others. Chiara Frigo created her tap dance solo West End for Amy in 2015, and she recently toured with Alessandro Sciarroni’s German Schuhplattler folk dance duration piece FOLK-S. Amy’s installation TOMBO(Y)LA invites audiences to find ways to talk about unruly gender embodiments. Previously, together with Valentina Golfieri, she made a series of darkly absurd short duets, and has also created collaborations with live artist Lucy Hutson, and Cotton Panic with actress Jane Horrocks.

Amy curates Splayed: a festival of disruptive femininities at The Place, and previously curated Bend It, a queer performance night at Yorkshire Dance; she also led Next Choreography: a course for young makers at Siobhan Davies Dance 2016-2018. She teaches and lectures widely, facilitating choreographic workshops, discussions, and technical training for dancers and non-dancers across the world. Amy read English at Cambridge University, trained at London Contemporary Dance School, and is currently Artist Development Manager at The Place.

What people have said about The Forecast

…nuanced with wit and sincerity …a triumphant imagining of what fluidity of gender really means.
★★★★ Dance Tabs
…proposes a re-examination of expectations and assumptions about what it means to dance in a female body …a strident call to arms conveyed with the lightest of touches.
★★★★ Everything Theatre


Choreography, text + performance: Amy Bell | animation + dramaturgy: Hetain Patel | sound + music: Jamie McCarthy | creative consultant: Peggy Olislaegers | original light design: Lucy Hansom | adapted lx design + production management: Adam Eastwood | technician: Chris Silvester | producing partnership: Kat Bridge + Lydia Wharf
Commissioned + produced by The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Tanzhaus Zürich + Yorkshire Dance. Thanks to Selm Wenselaers. Header photo by Pari Naderi.

Websites | Amy Bell on Facebook

WTF Wednesday ticketing policy at The Lowry

As this is a Pay What You Decide event, we know some people who book tickets won’t turn up on the night so we send out more tickets than there are places. We do our best to get the numbers right but we advise you arrive early to ensure you get a seat! We don’t often have to disappoint people but if we can’t fit you in we will try to offer you tickets to another show in The Lowry that night.

Performance Programme Spring/Summer 2019

Thu 28 Feb, 8pm (doors 7.30) PWYD | NIAMOS
The Rave Space
Wed 20 Mar, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Baby Face
Sat 27 Apr, 12noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2019
Thu 16 + Fri 17 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | STUN Studio
Works Ahead 2019
Wed 29 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
The Forecast
(PWYD indicates you Pay What You Decide.)