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Renowned dance companies stepping into Hull

Hull and East Riding dance fans are in for a treat this spring as two renowned acts are coming to Hull Truck Theatre. The £15m Ferensway venue home to Hull Truck - already famed for its own productions and for hosting top comedy, music and drama - is further expanding its offer by inviting audiences to see some of the country's finest dance work.

On May 5, the Studio Theatre will host Extra-Ordinary - an amazing duet described as 'one with no legs, one with no clue'. Then on May 19, the Main Theatre will welcome the Rosie Kay Dance Company and its production, 5 Soldiers. The performances are part of Hull Dance, a Hull City Council initiative organised by City Arts in partnership with Hull Truck.

Rita Muth, Arts Development Officer at Hull City Council, said: 'We are delighted to have two such high-profile dance performances in Hull this spring and to be able to showcase dance at Hull's new Hull Truck Theatre giving audiences the chance to see dance close up. The two performances are very contrasting but both very powerful and are a must for all dance lovers.'

Extra-Ordinary will star David Toole and Lucy Hind. David Toole is acclaimed for his work as an actor and dancer on stage and screen. His credits are numerous, his critics adoring and his biggest fan about to partner him in an extraordinary duet. How will naive South African Lucy Hind fare? How will she contain herself in the presence of her idol? A most extraordinary journey of self-discovery for them both awaits, in this funny, moving and at times soberingly trenchant dance piece.

Meanwhile 5 Soldiers is a timely, controversial, thought-provoking and moving exploration of war in modern times. It is a unique collaboration between award-winning choreographer Rosie Kay, visual artist David Cotterrell and theatre director Walter Meierjohann. The piece follows an intense period of research, where Rosie learnt battle training with The 4th Battalion, The Rifles and David spent time in Helmand Province with the Joint Forces Medical Group. The piece has an original sound score by Annie Mahtani.

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Notes for editors:

  • All Hull Truck Theatre press releases and images are available for download via our website,
  • For more information about Extra-Ordinary, visit
  • For more information about 5 Soldiers, visit
  • Extra-Ordinary will be performed in the Studio Theatre at 8pm on Wednesday 5 May. Tickets cost £8 / £4 concs.
  • 5 Soldiers will be performed in the Main Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19 May. Tickets cost £12 / £10 concs / £8 group bookings of 10+.
  • Spring / summer 2010 is the third season in Hull Truck Theatre's new home on Ferensway. The venue, designed by Wright & Wright architects, features a 440-seat Main Theatre, 134-seat Studio Theatre, education space called Inter@ct and café-bars.
  • Hull Truck gratefully acknowledges support from Arts Council England and Hull City Council.

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