Autumn leaves dancing in the breeze

22 September 2020


Hello from everyone at Company Chameleon. It’s great to be in touch and share our news with you on the first day of Autumn!
In this update, we look ahead at our activities for the next couple of months and also share some dance news from our friends.

Amaranthine in London
Earlier this month, we performed Amaranthine at Greenwich & Docklands International Festival in London, the country’s first dance festival since lockdown.

We’ve missed performing outdoor so much this Summer, so it felt great to be back, feel the buzz of a festival and do what we do best!

It was also inspiring to see the role outdoor arts can play in providing a safe live performance environment for audiences and dance artists alike.  Fingers crossed we can perform further outdoor performances this season – we’ll keep you updated on any new tour dates.

Chameleon returns
The whole of the Chameleon Team will return in November when we will reopen our studios in Openshaw.

Our focus will be on reviewing and developing a revised programme of performance and participation opportunities, as we adjust and adapt to new ways of working with Covid.

We look forward to keeping you up to date with our plans and opportunities for you to enjoy dance theatre with us in all sorts of ways.

Call out for young dance artists!
Chameleon Youth, Manchester’s youth dance company, is back and calling out for new members for 2020/21 – whoop!

We’re excited to announce that this year’s Chameleon Youth Audition will take place on Sunday 1 November 2020 at Chameleon Studios.  If you’re age 11 to 21, this is an incredible opportunity to be part of a dance company that’s inspiring and different to the mainstream. Read more.

Teaching at the University of Salford
This term Company Chameleon is teaching BA Hons and MA dance students at the University of Salford. The programme of classes will be taught by our Company Dancer, Juliana Javier.

Co-Artistic Director, Kevin, said, “It’s wonderful to be invited to teach at Salford this Autumn and build on our longstanding relationship with the University. We are delighted Juliana will be teaching the students, she is a fantastic teacher – talented, focused and nurturing, which combined with her background and training in North America gives her a unique approach and perspective on dance teaching and development.”


Locked down. Locked in. But Living
Mon 28 Sept – Sun 18 Oct, online

Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet and Gary Clarke Company are set to transform the Lawrence Batley Theatre with a brand-new triple bill of contemporary dance and ballet. Friends of Chameleon can enjoy the online performance at the special ticket price of just £10. Join us in the audience and book your ticket, quote CHAMELEON10 when booking.  Book here.

Dance with Kapow
Manchester based dance circus company, Kapow, continue their Yoga classes for professional dancers this Autumn.  Starting Mon 5 Oct, the 8-week series led by Sue Diamond promises to be physically challenging, playful and meditative.

Over the October half term, Kapow are also delivering dance, circus and drama workshops for new Year 7 pupils.  Focusing on self-expression and confidence building, ‘Bubble Up’ will take place 26th-27th, 1-5pm, in Levenshulme.

Find out more and get in touch with Kapow here.

That’s all from team Chameleon for now. Thanks for reading and we’ll be in touch soon. In the meantime, keep in touch with us and dance theatre on Facebook, twitter and Instagram.

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