The Lowry’s Youth Talent Showcase celebrates the local talent associated with our projects and partnerships. The evening was a triumph of energy, commitment and enthusiasm which presented the skills, knowledge of the next generation of young choreographers, writers, singers, dancers and actors from Salford and beyond. The evening opened with The House Party performed by Irlam & Cadishead College’s ‘The Fabulous Theatre Company’, a play which centred on the issues of young people experiencing and exploring the misuse of drink and relationships.
Commotions, The Lowry’s own Youth Dance company presented Captive, which explores the physical and mental impacts of being held against your will in solitary confinement. This was well crafted work, which the performers committed to and created an atmosphere which moved the audience with strong movement choreography.
Sisters Olivia and Fern performed a duet, A River Flows in You, accompanied by violinist Isobel. The piece was a direct response to the emotive nature of the music, exploring the true power of friendship: a moving and delicate performance.
The final piece from Commotions Youth Dance was Winds of Change, influenced by Butoh dance theatre, a style of dance which developed in Japan in the late 50s. It was a rebellion against western dance and traditional Japanese’s dance styles. Beautiful stage lighting and haunting music by Meredith Monk created a mesmerising and moving dance piece.
There was some strong performances by Lowry Young Actors Company as they performed a selection of new extracts of plays being developed for a January premier. The evening was completed by local singer Demz as he performed his singles Young n Stupid and I Would. Demz will be singing and hosting a live music showcase Snapback 3 on Saturday 9 August at The Lowry.