THREE critically-acclaimed UK dance companies are combining to create a new show inspired by the Covid-19 crisis.

Locked down. Locked in. But living is a digital dance triple bill commissioned by the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, which often hosts performances by the three companies.

Studio Wayne McGregor, Northern Ballet and Gary Clarke Company will each film site-specific works which can be watched online from September 28 to October 18.

A spokesman said: “As a direct response to the coronavirus pandemic three companies will create nine pieces, comprising two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet, that explore the theme of isolation caused by the international lockdown. The

“The works will then be performed around the Grade II listed building which houses the Lawrence Batley theatre and captured for broadcast.”

Featuring choreography by Jordan James Bridge, Daniel de Andrade and Gary Clarke, the three works will be choreographed in isolation, using video calling software to set the work on the company’s professional dancers.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, said: “This commission gives us a great opportunity to create dance whilst we wait for theatres to reopen and reach new audiences for dance online during these unprecedented times.”