Transform 16 was a bite-sized weekend of performance and events in Leeds venues. Our first outing as a brand new independent company gave a taster of what’s to come in future Transform festivals.
Our first major commission, WANTED with Chris Goode & Company, saw people across the city present their unpredictable desires on stage at West Yorkshire Playhouse, in a show that celebrated the distinct, yet indefinable voice of Leeds. We also welcomed the UK premiere of Schönheitsabend by Florentina Holzinger and Vincent Riebeek. Presented at Northern Ballet and in collaboration with Live Art Bistro, this vivid, extraordinary production embodied the adventurous side of Transform.
The Transform Trailblazer at Slung Low’s HUB featured new work by RashDash, Javaad Alipoor and Tim Etchells (in collaboration with Opera North Projects) and gave a tantalizing tease of some of the major themes and creative ideas for our future festivals. The inaugural Lift Off & Transform Award, a partnership with Leeds Beckett Performing Arts, saw the debut show ‘Rise to Vertex’ presented by Stitch Theatre. We bookended the weekend with two parties at Live Art Bistro, featuring performance, music and revelry.