Turn 2023

A night of new dance.

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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 our gallery of artist’s images and read their programme notes.


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+ (parental/guardian 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 and 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