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 The Monocle

The Monocle

Wed 16 February 2022

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 music.

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. The original commission was added to by a National Lottery grant through Arts Council England.

Rendez-Vous dance is led by award-winning choreographer Mathieu Geffré, who established the company following a fifteen-year career as a performer. Mathieu collaborated with some of the most celebrated artists in the world including Itzik Galili, Christopher Bruce, Didy Veldman, Angelin Preljocaj and Johann Inger. Rendez-Vous dance creates projects to tell past and present stories of LGBTQIA+ communities.

Close To The Action: We have a very limited number of tickets available to be ‘close to the action’ – immersing yourself into the action! Please email [email protected] to reserve your close to the action seats.

Age 16+ recommended – (scenes of a sensual nature/adult themes)

Booking Details


Wed 16 February 2022




Doors Open 7pm


Pay What You Feel




From today (Friday 10 December 2021), masks will be mandatory at all times inside Middlesbrough Town Hall, including when seated, unless exempt.

People do not need to show proof of exemption.

Masks can be removed for the consumption of food and drinks, but people should replace them immediately afterwards.

From  Wednesday 15 December 2021, people attending shows with standing tickets will also need to show one of the following:

  • NHS Covid Pass
  • A negative Lateral flow or PCR test result text or email (dated within 24 hours of event date). The result must be reported to the NHS online: Report a COVID-19 rapid lateral flow test result – GOV.UK ( or by calling 119.
  • Proof of natural immunity based on a positive PCR test within 180 days of arrival at the venue (and after the self-isolation period following the result).