Turn 2023

A night of new dance.

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Updated 29 February 2024

Presented by Word of Warning + Contact

Our annual whirlwind of new dance returns: nine† works by North West dance-makers take over Contact for one extraordinary night on Friday 10 March.
Look at some of our artists’ images & read their programme notes — and now it’s over, see images from the event.


From industrial heritage to village life, clothing to clubbing, Manchester to Ghana, inner worlds and outer expressions — an evening of physical exploration of identity featuring:
Christian Asare · Jack Evans · Lizzy Owen · Maisha Kungu Dance · Matrafisc Dance Company · Matter of Fact · Orla Collier · taciturn · Zara Jane
Participating artists subject to change; unfortunately James Hewison and Company are unable to perform due to illness.


Pay What You Decide: £15/£10/£5/£0 | Book online via Contact

Time: Friday 10 March 2023, 7pm
Duration: lasts about 3¼ hrs including interval & pauses
Location: Contact, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6JA


Age Advisory: 15+ (parent/guardian/carer discretion).
Content Warnings: some works may disturb, please click here.
Features: contemporary dance and performance works with varied content.
Covid measures: we encourage audience members to wear masks within Contact unless exempt; please get in touch if you have any queries.
Queries: please contact Contact, 0161 274 0600 or BoxOffice@contactmcr.com
NB please remain seated between pieces in space 1; pieces in spaces 0 and 2 repeat due to capacity limits, so your experience may differ from others; for Orla Collier’s piece in space 0 you may be seated or standing, please indicate if you need a seat.


Turn is our annual platform for North West dancers and dance-makers — an opportunity to engage with new dance in Manchester.
After a 6-year hiatus, this tenth edition presents nine† short works in three spaces at Contact — look at artist’s images & read their programme notes; also get a feel for it with 2017’s programme & gallery of images.
NB Friday’s public platform is followed by an artist day for participants only.

Manchester’s open call dance platform, Turn aims to be:
— a public micro-festival and open submission platform;
— an opportunity for artists to meet, show, and peer-review work;
— an artist networking event.

Fluidly lyrical, effervescently acrobatic, or eccentrically innovative, let Turn 2023 transport you into a frenzy of dance…

Turn 2023 is a thing to do on the Oxford Road Corridor this March.


Turn 2023 produced by hÅb; supported by Contact, Company Chameleon, Project Auske, and using public funding by Arts Council England.
Header image: Zara Jane


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Performance Programme 2023

Fri 10 Mar, 7pm. PWYD | Contact
Turn 2023
Wed 3 May, 8pm. PWYD | The Lowry
Unnatural Cycles
— A Ghost Story
Thu 18 + Fri 19 May, 7.30pm. PWYD | Contact
Works Ahead 2023
Sat 22 Jul, Noon-3pm. FREE | Z-arts
Haphazard 2023
Sat 30 Sep, Noon-10pm. PWYD | Contact
Emergency 23