Daring theatre project set to Transform Leeds

Leeds, Leeds Star

A ground-breaking new programme of international theatre will take over arts venues across Leeds this spring.

The first project to officially get the backing of the Leeds 2023 bid, Transform 17 comes to the city from April 19-22 with a mix of performance art, outdoor theatre and large-scale shows created with the help of local people.

Featuring three world premieres and two UK premieres, performances will draw on topical themes like community collaboration, the digital age and the future of Europe.

Performers will include acclaimed physical theatre duo RashDash and European choreographers, Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek.

And Spanish theatre company El Conde de Torrefiel, will bring their spectacular show Guerrilla to England for the very first time.

Guerrilla examines the current generation’s thoughts about Europe and their underlying anxieties about the future and will feature more than 50 local people on stage.

Amy Letman, Creative Director of Transform, said: “This edition is our most ambitious yet and aligns with a wider cultural shift happening across Leeds, as the city prepares a bid to become European Capital of Culture 2023. We want to develop Transform as an engine room for boundary pushing, relevant and cross-disciplinary theatre. Transform 17 marks a major step towards this vision, and the development of a locally engaged, international theatre festival for Leeds.”

Transform 17 is produced by Transform in partnership with West Yorkshire Playhouse and citywide organisations. It is supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Tickets for all Transform 17 events and performances are now available to view and buy online at www.transformfestival.org.