We’re still here…

I still can’t quite believe how quickly lockdown happened and our normal routines and support structures simple disappeared. I find it even more amazing that within a few weeks people started to find ways to stay connected and, for most of the time at least, look forward and try to find the positive in this […]

Lithuania’s Aura Rewrite the Rules at Transgressions 2019

By Michelle Dee Ar galiu su jumis pašokti? Contemporary Dance returned to the Live Art Space in spectacular fashion with the arrival of Aura Dance Theatre to Ferens Art Gallery this weekend. Saturday evening at Transgressions 2019 saw the first ever visit to the UK by Lithuania’s leading dance company Aura led by Birutė Letukaitė. […]

Ceyda Tanc at Transgressions 2019

By Michelle Dee Kaya was tribal, ritualistic. I thought it was Egypt, Pharaohs with fantastic balance of emotion and strength and power, the strength being in performance and the ability of the dancers who although each individuals, worked seamlessly as one-Helen Powell, dancer It will please choreographer Ceyda Tanc that Helen mentions ‘Pharaohs’ when responding […]

Smudge Launches Transgressions 2019

by Michelle Dee Dancing, breathing, learning some of the best things in life… Inside a pop-up studio on Humber Street the pro-company are applying the polish to their section of Smudge, throwing themselves to the floor, and high kicks to the heavens. The community cast wait and watch for their cue as the music and […]

Transgressions 2019-The Lithuanian Connection

By Michelle Dee Transgressions 2019 was a dance festival that explored questions about dual – cultural heritage, how do groups and people new to a country use dance to find their identity as individuals and artists? It is no accident that Lithuanian companies and performers feature so heavily throughout the three day programme, the first […]

Uba – What Has Happened Since November 2018

And it’s that time again; to reflect upon my journey since my last blog submission. I’ve been busy to say the least. A little while back I held a somatic based workshop that explored the choreographic process and principles of my prize work ‘Oba’ (phase 2), with local professional dancers. I received some great, positive […]

Uba – An Introduction

Hello, Hello! Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Carla Morrill, a Hull based dance artist/choreographer and participant of the Hull Dance Prize 2018. My dance journey began at 16 when I studied BTEC Dance at Hull College. It was here where I progressed through higher education achieving a first class honours degree in dance […]


When I entered White Noise into the Hull Dance Choreographic Prize, I only expected to be walking away with some useful feedback from the judges for me to draw upon when continuing to develop the work. I had no idea that it would be received so well, and the moment it was announced that my […]

Walking towards, Rather than away

It is a rather unusual Monday morning, as I set out to Barton upon Humber with my hiking boots, a backpack and a mind full of ideas on the current political happenings. I am fairly recent resident of Hull, an EU Citizen, and today a collaborator in Rita Marcalo’s ‘One Last Dance – An Chéad […]

How did we get here?

A brief history of Hull Dance In 2004 Hull City Arts Unit started to focus more on developing contemporary dance within the City introducing the @hulldance brand.  They then developed the Hull Dance Strategy in collaboration with Dep Arts and Jo Ashbridge and from this worked with them to deliver a programme of activity 2012-1013 comprising […]