Tender Balance - Leeds International Festival

2 - 12 May
11:00 - 18:00

Tender Balance

Exploring the impact of illness and disability on identity, through dance.

There is still a stigma around illness and disability, and a lot of the time people and their families lack the language to describe what is happening to their identity.

Through an intimately choreographed dance and complementary video and sound installation, Annabel Taylor Munt’s Tender Balance explores the effects of illness and disability on masculinity and femininity.

It is a project aiming to open-up the conversation around the topic through artistic expression. The project was developed through an open dialogue with communities in Leeds, who shared their experiences on the subject through a collection of notes on self, moments of grief and stories of survival. The dance was choreographed to express and reflect upon these dialogues, and five dancers will reflect on the experiences shared here, and the expectations of the hyper-masculine and feminine human body through history, the media and art, in this unique performance. A video and sound installation is exhibited alongside a live dance performance.

Event partners


2 - 12 May 11:00 - 18:00
Free (no tickets required)
Victoria Leeds

Additional Information:

Tender Balance is open from 1100 – 1800 every day from 2 – 12 May. No tickets are required.


Annabel’s work investigates hyper-masculine spaces and their positions in society; she re-interpret these environments by abstracting and reconfiguring how they are engaged with to create new forms and interaction through movements.

Having graduated from Goldsmiths University in 2018, previous exhibitions include: ‘MOD’ at Copeland Gallery, London and ‘Environment Keeps Happening’ at the Geffrye Museum, London.

Upcoming projects include an exhibition and series of performances working with Leeds Town Hall and artist James Thompson supported by the Arts Council as part of the artist-led Yorkshire Sculpture International programme, to be shown in the former Bridewell prison under Leeds Town Hall in June 2019. The work explores the boarders in association with the courthouse and the former prison. In August 2019, Annabel will be artist-in-residence at Hospitalfield Arts, Scotland.

NOVY MIR is Natalie Kolowiecki (22yrs) & Jack Donnison (22yrs). The pair have been making music together in various guises for the past 7 years. NOVY MIR was conceived as an outlet for uncompromising sonics, as well as a vehicle for more lyrical and visual experimentation.

NOVY MIR live and work in Leeds.


Thom Mckeon is a freelance dancer based in Leeds. Since graduating in 2016 from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance he has toured with Charlotte Spencer, Vanessa Grasse and a member of That Ribeiro Company.

Originally from Birmingham Stephanie gained her 1st Class Hons degree at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. She then joined Switzerland based, junior company – Le MARCHEPIED. Stephanie has worked with Northern Rascals, Cie Utilité Publique and Rosental&Company. She has toured Cindy Van Acker’s piece ‘Anechoic’ and ‘Modern Warrior’ choreographed by Rosie Kay. Stephanie also worked with Rosie Kay for the Commonwealth Games Handover ceremony as a dance leader, part of the creative team and a performer. She has absolutely loved being part of ‘Tender Balance’ for Leeds International Film Festival.

Olly began his training on the Centre for Advanced Training Scheme at Northern Ballet when he was 13. He then completed his pre-vocational training at Northern School of Contemporary Dance before moving to London to start his Ba(Hons) Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Whilst on the degree programme, Olly enjoyed performing alongside Punch Drunk as part of the Everybody Project in Selfridges. After his final year, he then joined EDGE Dance Company, touring internationally in works by choreographers: Tamsin Fitzgerald, Ben Wright, Athina Vahla and Phillipe Blanchard. Since graduating from EDGE, Olly has worked on a range of projects with Motionhouse, Mercurial Dance, Michael Heatley and Madeline Shann and will be joining Rosie Kay Dance Company for 10 Soldiers this Summer.

Ellen graduated from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2016 before going to perform and choreograph with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company Masa, Israel. She then went to Lebanon to teach and perform with Moves Dance Studio before returning to the UK where Ellen performed for companies such Northern Rascals, That Ribeiro Company and Southpaw Dance Company. Most recently Ellen has been choreographing for Dance United Yorkshire and adjudicates for That’s Showbiz UK.

Kathryn grew up in Preston and after training in Ballet and contemporary, she graduated from the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in 2016. Whilst she was there, Kathryn performed for Leeds Rhinos Rugby Dance Team for 2 seasons. After graduating, she gained a place within Jv2, a professional, touring second company to Jasmin Vardimon. Since then Kathryn have been performing with Twitched Dance Company, That Ribeiro Company and also Northern Rascals along with other projects. Kathryn teaches contemporary and ballet for Northern Rascals and Headingley Ballet School, and aerial hoop at Leeds Aerial Arts.