It's the last dance at Mac's Moving Parts before it shuts down for redevelopment for 18 months. Terry Grimley reports.
The final edition of Moving Parts, Mac's long-running spring season of dance and physical theatre, is launched tomorrow night.
The festival, first staged in 1992, is calling it a day as Mac prepares to go into hibernation for 18 months while the building undergoes major redevelopment. Whether by accident or design, it effectively passes the baton to Birmingham's new international dance festival, which makes its debut in April.
This year's programme features familiar visitors and some home-grown talents, including contemporary Kathak dancer and choreographer Sonia Sabri, whose new show Parallels launches the season.
In this solo triple bill Sabri dances Shobana Jeyasingh's Neon Dream and Lisa Torun's Canvas alongside her own Spill, commissioned for the Place Prize in 2006.
Coming up next week, Birmingham-based Metaphysique presents Cupid's Strongest Bow, featuring music by former Dexy's Midnight Runner Pete Williams, and Moving Parts regulars Rejects Revenge bring their new show Here Be Monsters...
Tangled Feet, Bode Lawal Sakoba Dance Theatre, StopGAP, h2dance, Company F3 and Horse + Bamboo follow up to the first week of March, and the final curtain comes down on Moving Parts, appropriately, with another Birmingham company it has helped to nurture, Stan's Cafe.
The home-town premiere of its brilliant show The Cleansing of Constance Brown, jointly commissioned last year by Warwick Arts Centre and the Vienna Festival, takes place from March 12-15, with two performances a day in a city centre venue which is still to be confirmed.