LUDUS festival brings Bobby Baker to stage@leeds

Acclaimed performance artist Bobby Baker is bringing her wellness roadshow - Mad Gyms and Kitchens - to stage@leeds on 28, 29 and 30 June.


Bobby is just one of the artists who will be performing here on campus. Other festival events supported by stage@leeds during the week-long festival will be held at the Workshop Theatre, Riley Smith Hall and The Edge. These include Amy's Last Dive - a  musical investigation into the life of Amy Johnson by the University's Adam Strickson and Wingbeats (UK) - and Synchronised by the Balbir Singh Dance Company, which combines dance, synchronised swimming and music. The University is a lead partner in the LUDUS, which begins on 25 June. With 13 events over seven days, audiences will be able to experience some of the most exciting artistic work available today right on their doorstep.

The programme also includes delights such as Lo Monstre, an enchanting animatronic creature which will be visiting the city centre (Fri 29 June, Sat 30 June, Sun 1 July), whilst at West Yorkshire Playhouse you can become part of the performance in Ontroerend Goed's Audience, which makes its Leeds premiere direct from a sell-out Edinburgh season and European tour.  The festival has also commissioned a City Walk, where a network of Yorkshire artists will guide audiences to take a fresh look at the streets.

On the opening night of the festival, Promised Land, a stage adaptation of Antony Clavane's book - takes centre stage.  Promised Land tells the story of Leeds, its football club and its communities through the eyes of Nathan and Caitlin, two young idealists growing up in mid-1970s Leeds, living in the same city but on opposite sides of a cultural and religious divide.

Mick Wallis, Professor of Performance and Culture at the University of Leeds, and Co- Director of LUDUS Festival Leeds, said: "The city of Leeds has a long history of producing and presenting high quality performing arts. This inaugural Festival, a new venture in contemporary performing arts for the city, celebrates Leeds as an international centre of excellence in theatre and performance.  And more importantly, it presents a fresh and dynamic programme for Leeds residents and visitors to enjoy.

"Ultimately LUDUS is about taking the opportunity to try something new - for venues, for audiences, for the city.  The name 'Ludus' refers to play and we have programmed work that will engage audiences in a playful way.  We invite everyone to come along and prepare to be surprised, amazed, pleased and provoked."

For full details of the programme see the LUDUS website.

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