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What do you think of when you think of tap dancing? Perhaps Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly? Or maybe the tale of a toe-tapping CGI penguin? Whatever your mind might conjure up, chances are they won’t be anything like what Old Kent Road bring to the dancefloor. Founded by Artistic Director Avalon Rathgeb in 2014, the company continually aim to raise the bar for the UK scene, paying homage to the history of the style while also pushing it forward through distinctive choreography.

Old Kent Road’s passion for treading into new tap territory is brought to the fore in OSCiLLATE, a ground-breaking performance that heads to several venues in the North East this month. Heavily influenced by EDM and its co-ordination between light and sound, the energetic performance sets out to explore human interaction by fusing the company’s signature style with contemporary dance moves. Progressing through a series of individual and group pieces, the dancers will flow from concepts surrounding miscommunication in relationships to heading further towards compassion and equality between each other. A post-show talk at the Dance City event will also help to further illuminate the themes behind the exhilarating display.

OSCiLLATE is at The Witham, Barnard Castle on Thursday 14th; Dance City, Newcastle on Saturday 16th; Queens Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Sunday 17th and Arts Centre Washington on Wednesday 20th November

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