On Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 September, we are popping-up in our home city of Manchester to present a trio of free performances and the UK premiere of Amaranthine, a magnetic short dance piece, which tells the story of two people who are deeply in love, and in conflict.

Thu 13 Sep, 6:15pm, The Foundation Coffee House, Lever St, Northern Quarter
Sat 15 Sep, 1pm, Tony Wilson Square, First Street (outside HOME)
Sat 15 Sep, 3pm, St Ann’s Square (outside Barclays Bank)

Talking about the pop-ups, Kevin Edward Turner, our Co-Artistic Director, said, “We always love to premiere our work in Manchester. This piece will go to lots of different festivals both nationally and internationally, so for us it’s important we show the piece in our community first.  It will be great to share the piece with audiences at home before we take it on the road and take it out there.”

A male and female duet, Amaranthine, pronounced am-a-ran-thine, is one of Chameleon’s outdoor works, which means it has been created to be adapted and performed in all sorts of spaces.

Kevin explains, “The great thing about our outdoor work is that it has been designed to be performed in all different contexts.  When performed the work transforms the space that it is in and for audiences creates a more unexpected and memorable experience.

In relation to Amaranthine, we premiere the piece at The Foundation Coffee House in the Northern Quarter, which means the performance will have an element of surprise – after all, it’s not often you see a highly physical and contemporary dance piece in a coffee shop!

After the premiere in the Northern Quarter, we are excited to be performing Amaranthine outside at Tony Wilson Square on First Street, and following on, we’ll be surprising shoppers with a pop up outside Barclays Bank on St Ann’s Square.

A joint choreography by Kevin and dance artist, Navala ‘Niku’ Chaudhari, Amaranthine explores relationships and follows a couple in conflict as they desperately try to reconnect and find resolution.  Intricate and emotionally charged, the pushes and pulls of disagreement and heated argument are felt, as is the appreciation of space, understanding and eventually, acceptance.

Talking about Amaranthine, Niku says, “It is a piece which a lot of people can relate to, as it looks closely at the male and female human relationship.  The movement is also very powerful and risk taking.   The style is an amalgamation of the techniques which Kevin and I both studied.  The movement was very instinctive to how we wanted to express the story and was born out of the experiences we both had.”

Amaranthine will be performed by our Company Dancers, Theo Fapohunda and Juliana Javier. Performances are free and there is no need to book, just come along!

Performance dates & times

Thu 13 Sep, 6:15pm, The Foundation Coffee House, Lever St
Performance in the main bar area.
Join us early for a complimentary drink beforehand.

Sat 15 Sep, 1pm, Tony Wilson Square, First Street
Performance outside in front of HOME.

Sat 15 Sep, 3pm, St Ann’s Square
Performance outside in front of Barclays Bank.

Watch the teaser for a taster…


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England Manchester City Council

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