Big Up North

Big Up North

Event details

  • Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April
  • 7.30pm
  • The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
  • 01524 598500

Presented by Ludus Dance and The Dukes

Ludus Dance and The Dukes present two nights of performance that ‘Big Up’ the diverse and exciting range of high quality dance theatre talent on our very own doorstep.

With an exciting night of fresh, original performance from emerging professional artists and a second night of eclectic, energetic performance from community, school and youth groups across Lancashire and beyond, there’s bound to be something to tickle your fancy.

Technique, raw talent, dance across all forms, dance for camera… these pieces have been selected by a professional panel from Ludus Dance and The Dukes to take you through a journey of inspiration, tears and laughter.


Adults £11
Children £9
(Concessions £2 off, Supporters receive an additional £1 off)

Emerging/Graduate Artists

Chambers Dance Company – F

How fear can impact our life.

Sophie Barrow – Introductions

Nature, individuality and personality of 3 unique people in a collective space.

Ren Melling Dance – Jie Kai unravelling

Exploring energy within dancers kinesphere and projecting this out into the space.

Charlotte Young – Morning. Noon, Night

Daily habits and making the unconscious conscious.

AJ Dance Company – but found gaps inside the places she’d never fully seen

Explores themes from the poem ‘Let me tell the tale’ by Erin Hanson.

Adam John Roberts – Virtual Reality

Influence from the history of mobile phones and emoji language.

Emily Moves with Nana – Memoirs of a Grandchild

Discovering memories, music and objects all associated with the grandchild/grandparent experience.

Becki Parker – Hunting for the Unicorn

We have all heard of them but no one has ever seen one: exploring people’s understanding of autism.

Dope Male Performance Company – Blame Each Other

An exploration into a male’s perspective on how relationships can be affected through shifting the blame.

Edge Hill University – For you, on you, with you

Inspired by a Ted Hughes text and houses a series of rapid meetings and departures where the dancers explore different approaches to these bittersweet moments.

Please note that the performances may contain sensitive themes and are recommended for 14+ years.



Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

More info to follow.

Movers and Groovers/Maelstrom Theatre – Doing a GRAND JOB!

Inspired by women’s roles in WW2.

About Turn and Chorley Boys – NGOMA

Inspired by African Tribal Culture.

MPower Youth – Mind the Gap H

How your mindset directly affects your life and the power you gain when you fill it with positive thought.

Mannin Youth Dance Company – Smothering Oxygen

The Earth’s Oxygen being smothered by Toxic waste released into the planet’s atmosphere.

Retrospective – Who do we think we are

The piece fuses dance styles and a music medley exploring themes of girl power and empowerment.

Jennifers Dancers – Chapter One

Exploring the history and foundation of different street dance styles.

Beaumont Performers – Rules

Understanding relationships.

Ingleton Youth Dance – Roast Potato, Sweet Potato, Mash & Fries!

Exploring the challenges of finding your fit and building new friendships during transition.

Preston Youth Dance Company – CROWD

Exploring the concept of crowds, those we choose to be and those we don’t.

Stepping Stones School of Dance – Hunger Games

Exploring the outdoor environment.