Me and Kathryn paid a second visit to the Theatre in a week. This time, tonight, to see the Emergence Dance Triple Bill. Emergence Dance are the post-graduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and Salford Uni.

Yeah… I am not qualified whatsoever to review the show. I do not have a clue about dance, choreography or lighting; I am a 42 year old, overweight self-confessed Gammon, basically.

So, why would I take to writing my opinion about tonight? Well, because you need to see dance being performed to appreciate the physicality of it. Through the performance tonight, I experienced a kaleidoscope of emotions and I was in awe at the way the dancers held command of their bodies.

I appreciate I have only been to one other Dance performance (I know, right!). I appreciate I am unqualified to comment on any aspect of the production – the production of an art-form that I will just never comprehend. And, I appreciate I should keep my opinions to myself but, if you get the chance, please go and see them on tour.

I doubt there was one person in tonight’s audience who felt like they did not enjoy themselves. I led a standing ovation, and was thankfully joined by other members of the audience, so I was not on my own.

If you are off to see the production, I won’t ruin the production by giving away the themes of the triple bill; but the hit hard and there were many stand out performances.

Will I be going to their performance if they return next year? Hell, yeah – and, I am definitely going to try and seek out more dance performances for me and Kathryn to attend.

More of this please, Harrogate Theatre. More of this please, Emergence Dance.

We then hot footed it home, up East Parade for me to attempt to record Tonk. Certified Tonk is going strong, thanks. I had to quickly dig out a very cheap mic to record the links tonight; sorry.

Tonk is my free improv radio show – broadcast on Harrogate Community Radio. But, you can find out more about it at It is a meeting point of my love of avant-garde music and Jazz; Improv is as close to faith as I get; in that it is a direct communication between a higher power and an audience, with the musician as the prophet.

But, what do I do with this abundance of culture….? [Sigh]


Andrew Backhouse is a Yorkshire-based artist working with time-based media and digital collage. He is a self-confessed radio geek and he hopes to share his wonder. He also wants to share his naivety and enthusiasm for finding something interesting. Henri Chopin, AGF, and RuPaul influence Andrew’s artistic enquiry. Documenting “The new shiny thing,” Andrew tries to share his excitement for it. But, he also asks about its authenticity and worth.

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