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Join us for our next Encounters, a 2-day Pay As You Feel festival exploring gender diversity. Come along and join crowd a of inspiring dance artists from Friday 28 - Saturday 29 June.

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About Encounters

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Wieke Eringa, Artistic Director of Yorkshire Dance, talks to us about the upcoming Encounters weekend

For this Encounters we reach out to a wider group of people, including families, in the investigation of gender diversity through dance, whilst celebrating the experiences of Trans and non-binary artists.

During 2 years of international work around dance and gender three critical questions kept emerging:

  • Who does it affect and how and who is talking and/or dancing about it?
  • How does our experience of gender rub up against that of class and ethnicity?
  • And… how does dance make a difference?

Is it only people in the LGBTQI+ communities who are interested in this topic or does it affect us all? If each of us is an expert in our own real-lived experience of gender, can we connect and learn with each other whilst using our bodies through movement?

With curiosity and creativity we hope to explore themes such as power, agency, gaze, cliché, embodiment, positioning, sensuality, care, pleasure and joy! – Wieke Eringa, CEO Yorkshire Dance


Idea behind Encounters

Yorkshire Dance is building a community of activists – from all walks of life – around performances addressing some of the big questions of our age.

Encounters will bring together inspiring dance artists with a diverse crowd to share food, conversation, participation and performance in Leeds. We’re welcoming everyone – those who don’t normally come to performances as well as those who frequently do.

We believe dance can make the world a better place. We know it can create deep connections between different sorts of people drawn together by seeing, and talking about, the kinds of works you’ll experience at Encounters.

We know the challenge is huge, and that Encounters is small, so each edition will focus on a particular element of a bigger theme.

We invite you to join us in sparking new thinking, new conversation and new connectivity.



We’re committed to making the festival affordable for everyone.

With that in mind we invite you to pay what you feel  – so come to everything that takes your fancy.

Booking is essential.

Encounters will happen three times a year. Follow us to find out more: #EncountersLeeds

Supported by:

Leeds Dance Partnership

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