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Artistic Director and Choreographer: Mathieu Geffré

Performers: Alyssa Lisle, Ellis Saul, Eileih Muir, J Bautista, Natassa Argyropoulou, Nicole Nevitt, Zara Phillips

Dramaturg: Andrew Gardiner

Musical Director and Composer: James Keane

Set and Costume Designers: Helen Hebert and Nate Gibson

Light Designer: Josh Harriette

Costume Superviser: Rosie Whitting

Creative Producer: Rachel Jean Birch (Moving Art Management)

Technical Manager: Rachel Shipp

Tour Booker: Sarah Trist

Hair and Make Up Stylist: RougedMilk

Digital Designer: Cave and Sky

Photographer: Luke Waddington

Social Media Manager: Jessica Malison

Special thanks to Prohibition Cabaret Bar and Greenheart Collective for their generous support

Supported by Dance City

Supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Supported by Arts Council England


The Monocle, a newly created piece by Rendez-Vous dance is inspired by the secretly notorious 1930s Parisian lesbian club Le Monocle. The Monocle will be performed by six outstanding dancers. Conceived as a fun night out, The Monocle will re-shape traditional theatre settings into a club where audiences can participate in a highly virtuosic evening mixing dance and live


Be our guest at The Monocle! In here the air is thick, warm and wavy with secrets and sensuality. Women laugh loudly, drink the night away and dance in each other’s arms.

A Made In The North East (MITNE) commission, Mathieu Geffré was awarded this prestigious commission by a consortium of nine north east venues who are working together on a three- year strategic dance audience development project led by Dance City and made possible with funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. The project aims for the partners to develop a better understanding and commitment to programming dance performances in the region. 

"Mathieu offers us a gift here: the opportunity to see for ourselves what it looks like to be free in a safe space"

Helen Redfern - NARC Magazine

"Choreography is playful, tender and sensual, with powerful individual characterisation by each dancer. The piece is a fascinating interpretation of a historical moment in Europe helping to make subcultures visible"

Tamzin Mackie - Cultured North East

"As an audience member,(...), I just wanted to join in with many of the loving and joyful scenes of women mingling and drinking"

Cait Jobson - The Crack Magazine