Award winning contemporary dancer, Matthew Rawcliffe, will bring his immersive and joyful new show ‘The Crisp Sandwich Cafe’ across five shows from Monday 9th August until Wednesday 11th August.

Hosted in the heart of Manchester, at the remarkable art deco ballroom at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, the show will explore our relationship with the planet. Featuring autism friendly dance performances and costumes made from recycled plastic waste – courtesy of Manchester based sustainable dancewear brand, Imperfect Pointes – the show is suitable for autistic dance fans aged 14 to 24.

Rawcliffe was a grand finalist in BBC’s Young Dancer of the Year in 2019 after winning the contemporary category final. He teaches around the UK, including for The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training in Dance and the University of Central Lancashire.

The 22-year-old has worked with autistic people in the creation of ‘The Crisp Sandwich Café’, including autistic contemporary dancer Paul Davidson Natt from the National Youth Dance Company, who was a former student at the National Autistic Society’s Sybil Elgar School.

Matthew Rawcliffe, creator of The Crisp Sandwich Cafe, said, “It feels so special to
be making such an important work in a city that means so much to me. From the
amazing team at the Kimpton to Imperfect Pointes custom making our eco-friendly
costumes I just feel so lucky that these amazing organisations have supported me.”

Sharon Cameron, Regional Director of Sales at Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, added, “We
are so honoured to play a small part in this wonderful initiative by Matthew. We hope
that by providing our space, guests and all involved in the show will feel the heartfelt
human connections that Kimpton is known for.”

The show will have a quiet space for autistic participants and there will be a visual
story available at booking.

Please see show dates and times below;
Monday 9th August, 14:00 or 16:00
Tuesday 10th August, 14:00 or 16:00
Wednesday 11th August, 19.00
Location: Ballroom, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, Manchester
Book now here.


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