Newcastle based Rendez-Vous Dance has announced the return of The Monocle, which comes to Northern Stage on Friday 23 February as part of a ten-date UK tour.
Led by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffré, Rendez-Vous Dance engages with LGBTQIA+ people, themes, and voices across its work advocating for values of inclusivity, diversity, and representation.
The Monocle will see six performers bring the spirit of 1930’s Paris to life, with a mix of virtuosic dance and live music. The Monocle invites audiences to experience the joy of a truly safe space, where women laugh loudly, abandoning themselves into smooth and passionate dances long into the night.
Choreographed by Geffré, The Monocle has been conceived in collaboration with creative consultants on the themes of safe space, Hedley Sugar Wells, LGBTQIA+ historian consultant Florence Tamagne, production manager Rachel Shipp, and dramaturg Andrew Gardiner.
Of The Monocle Artistic Director and Choreographer Mathieu Geffré said: “I am excited to present The Monocle on tour next year.
“As a member of the LGBTQIA+ community advocating for equal rights, authentic representation, and the importance of safe spaces is vital to me, especially at this time of vulnerability in society and increased concern for our safety.
“Having the opportunity to share this wonderful story with audiences across the UK is a humbling privilege and I hope they’ll enjoy spending the evening at our Parisian nightclub.”
The Monocle is A Made In The North East commission, supported by Dance City, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Curious Arts, and Arts Council England.
Tour dates and booking information is available here.