The Match

Football and Dance combine as award-winning international dance company brings UK premiere to Liverpool.

Amazing contemporary dance will ‘invade’ Toxeth’s FireFit Hub pitch during the UK premiere of The Match by Barcelona based international dance company Vero Cendoya Dance Company.

Award-winning Liverpool arts organisation Hope Street Ltd will bring the multi-award winning Vero Cendoya Dance Company to Liverpool, presenting the UK premier of their exceptional dance theatre performance The Match.

Football takes centre stage in this remarkable contemporary dance piece, where 5 professional dancers will perform with 5 actual footballers and even a referee. But this is no ordinary football match. In fact, it might turn out to be much more than just a game of two halves, where the performers make their own rules.

The Match is inspired by the film The Referee, directed by Paolo Zucca, and has toured to sell out audiences all over Europe and in South America. This production has been awarded the Prize to best performance of Fira De Tarrega Festival 2015, and is the winner of the Critics Awards 2015 for the best Art Street Performance. It was also nominated for the MAX Awards in three categories: Best Cast, Best Show Revelation, and Best Authorship Revelation.

Montserrat Gili, On the Verge festival producer, said:

“We are very excited to bring such a high quality Spanish company to Liverpool for the first time. This will be a very different kind of dance performance, mixing real dancers with real footballers. And since football has always been intrinsically linked to the spirit of Liverpool – what better city to host the UK premiere of The Match?”

Peter Ward, Hope Street Ltd. director added

“Liverpool is a world class city, it leads in the fields of culture, sport and science and we are so proud to bring this brilliant dance piece to the UK for the first time. Dance is for all, no matter if you’re a Liverpool FC, Everton FC, Tranmere Rovers or, heaven forbid, Man Utd fan and Hope Street Ltd are committed to supporting the development of excellent dance performance in the Liverpool City Region. As we have a long history of working in collaboration with our European neighbours, we believe that it’s important to demonstrate the major successes that working with Europe can have in our communities.”

The performance will take place at the FireFit Hub, a brilliant youth and sports centre in the heart of Toxteth, as part of Hope Street Ltd’s commitment to working with local communities, whilst providing young people and vulnerable individuals the opportunity to engage in the arts. Free tickets will be donated to the venue for their users in the Toxteth community.

The Match

The Match is to be performed at the FireFit Hub. Performance dates are as follows:

  • Sunday 22nd October 2017 – 7:30pm

Tickets for this production can be purchased here. You can catch The Match and other performances in many unusual locations at Hope Street Ltd’s On The Verge Festival.

Daniel Sefton

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