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You could easily be seduced by dance

If you missed the chance last time around to get intimate with Tyneside's most seductive dance company, don't fret.

If you missed the chance last time around to get intimate with Tyneside's most seductive dance company, don't fret.

After tickling people from Newcastle to Perranporth in Cornwall on its 2006 tour, balletLORENT is taking La Nuit Intime back on the road - starting tonight in Newcastle.

This latest creation by balletLORENT founder Liv Lorent, a finalist earlier this year in The Journal Culture Awards, flouts convention by taking place in nightclub settings.

It premiered last year at The Hyena in Newcastle with the audience not arranged in rows in front of a stage but free to wander.

The 13 dancers, men and women, danced solo and in small groups at various locations within the club. But as well as dancing, they deployed circus skills, spinning while suspended from harnesses or pirouetting on slowly rotating platforms.

Rather than a binding narrative there were many moments of intimacy with some intricate manoeuvres witnessed by only one or two people.

It went on for hours and as the night progressed and the drinks were consumed, the audience relaxed and the dancers responded. The result was an unforgettable night when many will have had their ideas about dance changed forever.

Out of Newcastle, it seems, the show was also well received, particularly in places where Liv's style is less well known.

An audience member called Lisa, who saw the show in Perranporth, said: "It was absolutely amazing. I have never seen anything quite like it before. We were absolutely captivated and haven't stopped telling people about it since."

After touring the country, La Nuit Intime returned to Newcastle to launch Northern Stage's Stage 3 performance space.

"Every single venue and every single audience was different," recalls Liv who was present for every performance.

"Every time I learned so much more about what the work was and should be and the impact it could have. We realised that some people were following it around because they loved it so much. People who saw it in Newcastle would see it again in London."

But the latest incarnation of La Nuit Intime will be different again, promises Liv, who has added things and taken things away in response to audience reaction. "There will be things nobody has seen before and we do have a new girl, Winifred Burnet-Smith, who worked for Sadler's Wells to replace the girl we borrowed from Scottish Dance Theatre."

For Winifred the balletLORENT experience has been a step into the unknown. "She has been learning how to hang upside down," says Liv who acknowledges that this has been her own most ambitious undertaking so far.

"It is a huge production because there are so many props to carry from place to place."

As well as the new tour of La Nuit Intime, which is sponsored by Newcastle-based energy efficiency provider eaga, Liv is preparing to take Angelmoth on tour. Meanwhile Liv is also working on a new piece called Designer Body which will feature seven dancers on turntables. Over 45 minutes they will gradually shed costumes designed by Paul Shriek, ending up naked.

La Nuit Intime returns at Mr Lynch, Archbold Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle, tonight and tomorrow at 7.30pm (last entry 9pm) before touring to Chatham, Malvern and London.

Tickets for the Newcastle performances are £12.50 (£10 conc). Tel: (0191) 261-0505.

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