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2017 & 2018 past events

Birds and Beasts are an alternative pop/folk duo based in West Yorkshire, their union started in Huddersfield with a mutual love of animals and music.

Meraki Duo
flute and guitar ensemble

Date: June 15, 2019

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (u-18)


Programme to include works by Piazzolla, Bartok and Messiaen plus Macedonian folk music and music inspired by that of Brazil.

The Athletics of Intimacy
Three-Day Workshop with K.J.Holmes

Start date: June 21, 2019

End date: June 23, 2019

Tickets: Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk


This workshop combines skills and applications of somatic researches that include release techniques and body mind practices such as Body-Mind Centering® systems and patterns of development and evolution, embodiments of Contact Improvisation, and tunings of somatic approaches within solo, duet (strong emphasis on partnering) and ensemble dancing.

Wainsgate Dances Performance Weekend

Start date: June 29, 2019

End date: June 30, 2019


A weekend of performances: Words and Actions from Jonathan Burrows, Katye Coe, Francesca and Matteo Fargion, Wendy Houstoun, Charlie Morrissey

Kinship Workshop
Thomas Goodwin

Start date: July 12, 2019

End date: July 14, 2019


Kinship Workshops take participants into rural landscapes to spend time in nature. The focus of the work is how somatic and embodied experiencing can facilitate change in the way we relate to nature, landscapes and other animals.

Mark making and Moving
Wendy Houstoun

Start date: August 16, 2019

End date: August 18, 2019

Tickets: Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk


Wendy Houstoun is a movement/theatre artist who remains committed to finding new forms to address her themes. Over the years, her work has developed a uniquely distinctive style that combines movement with text, and meaning with humour. Since 1980, Wendy has worked extensively as a solo performer, and in collaboration with companies and artists whose work challenges, enriches, and extends the boundaries of, dance and theatre.

Stuart McCallum
with pianist Mark Slater and Amika String Quartet

Date: September 15, 2019

Time: 7pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (u-18)


A firm Hebden Bridge favourite, Manchester-based jazz guitarist Stuart McCallum returns to Wainsgate after his appearances with The Breath and with singer/songwriter Zoe Kyoti, for what promises to be a most delightful concert.

Edge for Action // Tuning Scores with Karen Nelson

Start date: April 5, 2019

End date: April 7, 2019

Tickets: £90 Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk


Tuning Scores (originated by Lisa Nelson) is a dance practice that unveils sense desires as motivators; movement as collateral choreography; time as music and rhythm; space as palette and environment.

Katie Duck Workshop

Start date: March 16, 2019

End date: March 17, 2019

Tickets: Email: robdothopper@aol.co.uk


Described recently as The Godmother of Improvisation, Katie Duck has influenced and inspired generations of dancers through her performing and teaching. This will be a great opportunity to work with her over two days on a rare visit to the UK.

Wainsgate Winter Bazaar

Date: December 2, 2018

Time: 11-5


Wainsgate Winter Bazaar welcomes you to their third seasonal event at Wainsgate Chapel on Sunday, 2nd December 2018, 11.00am to 5.00pm. Come along for live music, licensed bar, tea/cakes and fabulous ideas for Christmas gifts from exhibitors Hammered & Wired, Rob Hopper, London Stone Studio, David Anthony Jarrett, Linda Spiteri, Susy Nicholson, Elgar Shirts, Majdi’s […]

Theo Clinkard & Leah Marojevic
Two-day Workshop

Start date: November 24, 2018

End date: November 25, 2018

Time: 11am-5pm

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk


Theo Clinkard and Leah Marojevic are currently conceiving a series of duet scores to perform together in galleries, museums and other non-theatre spaces

Ongoing Dialogues
Movement Workshop with Charlie Morrissey and Scott Smith

Start date: October 27, 2018

End date: October 28, 2018

Time: 11am-6pm

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk


This workshop explores solos and duets and is informed by Charlie and Scott’s own movement investigations.

Joining Aron at Wainsgate Chapel will be Leighton Jones on piano: a fantastic musician and songwriter in his own right. Also singing and playing various instruments will be local talent Kate Radford.

Dance: An Expanding Field
with Sara Carter

Date: October 20, 2018

Time: 11am-6pm

Tickets: £30 - £15 deposit to secure place


This workshop will explore different resources within the body and space for generating movement and material while at times using voice, touch and spoken word.

To the End of War
PiCanta, Bradford Women Singers, Zarebi, Secret Singers and more

Date: October 7, 2018

Time: 2pm-6pm

Tickets: Free, donations welcomed


A weekend of concerts, workshops and impromptu performances given by choirs and vocal ensembles, loosely themed on peace, love and understanding: 100 years on from the end of the 1st World War. (PLEASE NOTE: Saturday’s events are at The Birchcliffe Centre, Sunday’s at Wainsgate Chapel)  

Joe Richards
Classical percussion recital

Date: September 30, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)


Recital of contemporary pieces for solo marimba “A superb performance from an amazing young musician” Hebden Bridge Arts Festival 2011Andrew Thomas:      Merlin  Joseph Schwanter: Velocities Paul Lansky: Three Moves for Marimba Steven Mackey: See Ya Thursday David Lang: String Of Pearls Philippe Hurel:   Loops IV  Joe has performed all over the UK and […]

Ensemble Improvisation Workshop
with Seke Chimutengwende

Start date: September 22, 2018

End date: September 23, 2018

Time: 11am - 6pm daily

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk (£30 deposit to secure place)


This workshop is for anybody interested in improvising with others using movement and text. We will work alone, in pairs and as a group, practicing moving and using our voices together.


Date: September 16, 2018

Time: 3pm

Tickets: £10/£8/£3 (under 18)


Click through on the title to see the line-up and programme (more info soon)

Heritage Open Day 2018

Date: September 9, 2018

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Tickets: Free entry


A chance to look around this superb Grade II* listed building with tea and cakes, Wainsgate history exhibition, piano and organ recitals, open studios and art exhibitions

Exploring Flying Low and Passing Through techniques
2-Day Workshop with Ben McEwen

Start date: August 25, 2018

End date: August 26, 2018

Time: 11am - 6pm daily

Tickets: £60 robdothopper@aol.co.uk


In the mornings we’ll look at some principles of floorwork, through the material of Flying Low. FL is a technique initiated by David Zambrano that uses simple movement patterns and principles to dance our whole selves in, out and along the floor…