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Tarantiseismic by Damien Jalet

“The choreographer Damien Jalet gives his young dancers a strong starting concept for this energetic, exhilarating show” THE TIMES, APRIL 2017

In 2017 National Youth Dance Company premiered a new work at Sadler’s Wells, created by 2016-17 Guest Artistic Director, Damien Jalet.

Inspired by Tarantism, a frenzied dance characteristic of Southern Italy, in Tarantiseismic, Damien explores ideas of melancholia and abandon, deftly drawing on the 39 young dancers’ unbridled energy and passion for the art form.

Driven by their urge to dance, we explore together
in Tarantiseismic how notions of abandonment, instability, empowerment
through collective energy could convey in one common, complex yet transcending rhythm.


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Tarantiseismic premiered to a sold out audience at Sadler’s Wells on 19th April 2017 and then toured across the country during June and July 2017.

The tour included:

  • 10 performances across all five areas of the country
  • Over 4000 people saw Tarantiseismic on tour.
  • The total audience figure combined with the premiere in April means that 5629 people saw NYDC perform Tarantiseismic in 2017.

Sadler’s Wells, London (premiere performance) – 19th April 2017

Peninsula Arts, Plymouth – 25th June

Dance City, Newcastle (matinee and evening) – 1st July

Curve Theatre, Leicester – 8th July

Hippodrome, Birmingham – 14th July

Waterfront Stage, Latitude Festival – 16th July

Jerwood Dance House, DanceEast, Ipswich – 18th July

Middleton Hall, Hull – 20th July