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  1. BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER “Simply magnificent – unrivalled for Christmas spectacle” The Stage aa Birmingham Hippodrome: 23 November – 13 December 2018 Royal Albert Hall, London: 28 – 31 December 2018 Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of theatregoers to become an annual tradition. The much-loved Christmas show returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome from 23 November – 13 December and, following a critically acclaimed premiere in 2017, a spectacularly reimagined version returns to the Royal Albert Hall in London from 28 – 31 December. Created in 1990 as a gift to the city of Birmingham, Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker combines gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and instantly recognisable music played the Royal Ballet Sinfonia to create the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight. In addition to the classic Birmingham production, the Christmas magic of The Nutcracker is given a fresh twist in a reimagined production, created especially for the Royal Albert Hall. This enchanting performance wows audiences with dazzling projections from Tony Award-winning 59 projections, snow falling throughout the auditorium and live music from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Production: Sir Peter Wright Designs: John F. Macfarlane Lighting: David A. Finn Venue: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB Dates: Friday 23 November – Thursday 13 December 2018 Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Tuesday and Thursday matinees, 2pm; Saturday matinees, 2.30pm; Sunday matinee, 1pm Tickets: From £20 Booking: birminghamhippodrome.com / 0844 338 5000 Pre-performance talk: Friday 30 December, 6.30pm (Free) Audio described perf: Saturday 25 November, 2.30pm (Touch tour: 10.30am) Company class: Saturday 26 November, 11.15am (Tickets: £10) Audience open day: Saturday 26 November, 12.30 – 2.30pm (Free) Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall present The Nutcracker Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Original choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Additional choreography: David Bintley, Marion Tait Designs: Dick Bird Lighting: Peter Teigen Venue: Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP Dates: Friday 28 – Monday 31 December 2018 Friday 28 December, 7.30pm; Saturday 29 December, 2pm & 7pm; Sunday 30 December 1pm & 7.30pm; Monday 31 December 12pm & 4pm Tickets: From £35 Booking: royalalberthall.com / 020 7589 8212 NOTES TO EDITORS: Birmingham Royal Ballet Based at Birmingham Hippodrome since 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future. The company’s Director is the award-winning David Bintley, CBE and Music Director is Koen Kessels. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and many of the world's other leading ballet companies, including regular performances with; The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.
  2. Countdown to ‘The Knot’ Autumn Tour 2018 A wedding-inspired dance theatre work by choreographer Didy Veldman Veldman’s latest work for her company Umanoove since it launched with the critically acclaimed The Happiness Project in 2016 LONDON PREMIERE performances at The Place on 20 & 21 November Stravinsky's masterpiece Les Noces (The Wedding) intertwined with specially commissioned music www.umanoove-didy-veldman.org Trailer Media release: Tuesday 16 October 2018 – In three weeks’ time the much anticipated autumn tour of Didy Veldman’s The Knot, for her company Umanoove, kicks off at Lakeside Arts, Nottingham on Tuesday 6 November. The autumn tour of the wedding-inspired dance theatre work follows a successful spring tour and also heads to Cambridge, Birmingham, Portsmouth, Bracknell, Worthing, London, Jersey, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Malvern. In The Knot, by Dutch-born choreographer and director Veldman, an international cast of seven exceptional dancers play the roles of the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids. Audience members become wedding guests as the dance performance unfolds. Veldman, a former dancer with Rambert, left the company in 2000 to pursue a choreographic career. In the last 18 years she has become a highly sought-after choreographer and has created works for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cedarlake (New York), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Introdans (Netherlands), Gothenburg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet. In the UK, Veldman has been commissioned by Rambert, Northern Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre and in 2019 she creates a new work, collaborating with composer Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s inaugural ‘Ballet Now’ programme. Known for a sharp-eyed approach and humorous flair, The Knot is Veldman’s second work for her company Umanoove since it launched with her critically acclaimed The Happiness Project in 2016. In The Knot, Veldman scrutinises what a wedding means and how it feels, the role of ritual, doubt, religion and gender is examined and the romanticised ideas of Walt Disney will challenge our perceptions of marriage. For Umanoove, Veldman tailors each company of dancers to suit each work. The cast of performers interpret the themes of Veldman’s work through her extremely physical and theatrical movement style. Dancers returning to The Knot this autumn are: Dane Hurst (Rambert, National Dance Company of Wales, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor); Mathieu Geffré (Dansgroep Amsterdam, Noord Nederlandse Dans, National Dance Company Wales, Theo Clinkard); Oliver Chapman (Henri Oguike Dance, National Dance Company of Wales, Icon Dance); Sara Harton (erSa Danse, Les 7 doigts de la main, PPS Danse, ezdanza); and Angela Venturini (recently a post-graduate student at The Place). Joining them is Mai Lisa Guinoo (Rambert, GoteborgOperans) and apprentice dancer Sam Costello (London Contemporary Dance School). Stravinsky's masterpiece Les Noces (The Wedding) is intertwined with specially commissioned music by London and Paris-based British composer Ben Foskett. His work has included commissions for CBSO Youth Orchestra and London Children's Ballet. Lighting design is by Ben Ormerod, a regular collaborator of Veldman’s, and set and costume design is by Joana Dias. The Knot is commissioned by DanceEast, with support from Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme and funds from Arts Council England, Linbury Trust, The Master Charitable Trust - The Marina Kleinwort Trust, Beth Krasna and an anonymous donor. -ENDS- Notes: Umanoove presents Didy Veldman’s The Knot - autumn tour 2018 #TheKnot2018 Tuesday 6 November at 7.30pm Lakeside Arts, Nottingham Tickets: 0115 846 7777 // www.lakesidearts.org.uk Wednesday 7 November at 7.30pm Mumford Theatre, CAMBRIDGE (Anglia Ruskin University's Cambridge campus) Tickets: 01223 352932 // www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre Thursday 8 November at 8pm DanceXchange, The Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome, BIRMINGHAM Tickets: 0844 338 5000 / www.dancexchange.org.uk Wednesday 14 November at 7.30pm New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth Tickets: 023 9264 9000 // www.newtheatreroyal.com Thursday 15 November at 7.45pm Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell Tickets: 01344 484 123 // www.southhillpark.org.uk Friday 16 November at 8pm Connaught Theatre, WORTHING Tickets: 01903 206 206 // www.worthingtheatres.co.uk/show/the-knot/ Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 November at 7.30pm The Place, LONDON Tickets: 020 7121 1100 // www.theplace.org.uk Friday 23 November at 8pm Jersey Opera House, JERSEY Tickets: 01534 511 115 // www.jerseyoperahouse.co.uk Wednesday 28 November at 7.30pm The Arts Institute, University of Plymouth, PLYMOUTH Tickets: 01752 585 050 // www.peninsula-arts.co.uk Thursday 29 November at 7.30pm Pavilion Dance South West, BOURNEMOUTH Tickets: 01202 203630 / www.pdsw.org.uk Saturday 1 December at 7.45pm Malvern Theatre, MALVERN Tickets: 01684 892277 // www.malvern-theatres.co.uk Age Guidance: Recommended 12+ Running Time: 70 minutes (no interval) Dutch choreographer Didy Veldman trained in Amsterdam and danced with Scapino Ballet, Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, Rambert and formed Alias Company with Guilherme Botelho in 1992. She began choreographing in 1987, creating work for all four aforementioned companies, as well as independently. Whilst dancing with Rambert, Veldman created three works for the repertory in collaboration with composers Adam Gorb, Philip Feeney and Luca Mainardi. She received a grant from the Choo-San Goh & Robert Magee Foundation for her third production called 7 DS (Linbury Prize for Stage Design which was created by Miriam Buether). Veldman’s first full-length work Carmen was created in 1999 for Northern Ballet with designer Lez Brotherston and has been re-staged for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Royal New Zealand Ballet and was redesigned in 2013 by Kimie Nakano for the Lithuanian National Ballet. Vedman left Rambert in 2000 to concentrate on a choreographic career. She has worked internationally with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cedarlake (New York), Cullberg Ballet (Sweden), Introdans (Netherlands), Gothenburg Ballet, Iceland Dance Company and Royal New Zealand Ballet. Recently she has created The 3 Dancers for Rambert based on a Picasso painting by the same name with composer Elena Katz-Chernin and designer Kimie Nakano. In 2018 she will re-stage a full evening of two of her works for Oper Leipzig, See Blue Through originally created for Ballet Gulbenkian and TooT originally created for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Danish Dance Theatre performed Frame of View which was created for Cedarlake with designs by Miriam Buether. Introdans perform The 3 Dancers in autumn 2018 and tour the work all over Holland for 33 performances. Veldman will create a new work for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2019 with composer Gabriel Prokofiev as part of BRB’s ‘Ballet Now’ initiative. In 2016 Veldman started her own company ‘Umanoove’ with support from Arts Council England, Quercus Trust, The Place, Dance East, Linbury Trust, South East Dance, Siobhan Davies, Rambert and private donors. Her first independent production The Happiness Project premiered in November 2016 at DanceEast in Ipswich followed by 14 performances in England and Scotland with a London premiere at The Place in May 2017. Veldman, recently awarded a DanceEast choreographic development award, was selected for the 8th Rural Retreat for future leaders in dance at Jerwood DanceHouse, DanceEast. Veldman teaches the Royal Ballet School students contemporary dance from time to time, works with international dance students at Jacob's Pillow and the Prix de Lausanne, and teaches workshops or creates new works with students from Rambert School and London Contemporary Dance School. She recently re-staged an excerpt of one of her works for the Royal Ballet School and created a new work for Mapdance, Chichester's MA touring company. Social media: www.facebook.com/umanoove // www.twitter.com/didyveldman1 // www.instagram.com/umanoove/ Photo credit: Top to Bottom: Umanoove - Oliver Chapman in The Knot. Chris Nash; Umanoove – Sarah Harton in The Knot. Chris Nash; Umanoove in The Knot. Chris Nash.
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 14, 2018

    Links - Tuesday 16 October, 2018 Feature - The Last Dance for Richard Alston: Debra Craine, Times Review - New York City Ballet, Prodigal Son, West Side Story Suite, Fancy Free, New York: Barnett Serchuk, Broadway World News - New York City Ballet promotes 7 dancers: Ruthie Fierberg, Playbill Feature - Jerome Robbins: Benjamin Ivry, The New European Review - Fall for Dance, programme 4, New York: Gay Morris, Danceview Times Review - Akram Khan, Xenos, Ottawa: Lynn Saxberg, Ottawa Citizen Feature - Ballet Black: Falma Bakar, Metro Review - NDT2, Mutual Comfort, Sad Case, Wir sagen uns Dunkles, Subtle Dust, Berlin: Katja Vaghi, Bachtrack Review - The Trocks, Swan Lake Act 2, Patterns in Space, Esmerelda Pas de Six, The Dying Swan, Paquita, Buxton: Staff, Derbyshire Times Reviews - Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, Alesandra Seutin, Reckonings triple bill, London: Louise Levene, FT Donald Hutera, Times Graham Watts, Bachtrack Reviews - Lucy Guerin Inc, Split, New York: Deborah Jowitt, Arts Journal Tom Phillips, Danceview Times Review (Opera with Dance) - Music Theatre Wales & National Dance Company Wales, Passion (Dusapin), Basingstoke: Tim Ashley, Guardian Feature - Stroke survivors find their footing through dance: Lyndsey Winship, Guardian Review - Colin Dunne, Concert, Glasgow: Mary Brennan, Herald Review - Ailey’s Choreography Unlocked Festival, first night, New York: Caryn Cooper, Broadway World Feature - Choreographer Sharon Eyal and the ballet inspired Dior Spring/Summer 19 show: Rachel Sharp, Grazia Review - Cirque Éloize, Cirkopolis, Norwich: Lu Greer, Reviews Hub
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    Dance links w/b Sunday October 14, 2018

    Links - Monday 15 October, 2018 Review - Nederlands Dans Theatre 1, Shoot the Moon, Woke Up Blind, The Statement, Stop-Motion, Singapore: Germaine Cheng, Straits Times Review - Mark Morris Dance Group & Silkroad Ensemble, Layla and Majnun, Melbourne: Rhys Ryan, Limelight Review - Fall for Dance, programme on 11th October, New York: Marsha Volgyi, Broadway World Reviews - Tere O’Connor, Long Run, New York: Alastair Macaulay, NY Times Marina Harss, DanceTabs Review - Julie Cunningham, Botis Seva, Alesandra Seutin, Reckonings triple bill, London: Lynette Halewood, DanceTabs Review - Diavolo, Voyage, Trajectoire, Los Angeles: Jane Roseberg, Seen and Heard International News/Preview - National Ballet of Canada tours to Russia: Michael Crabb, Toronto Star Review - Igor and Moreno, Idiot-Syncracy, London: Graham Watts, DanceTabs Review - Sasha Milavic Davies, Everything that rises must dance, London: Josephine Leask, DanceTabs Review - Tempo Dance Festival, FRESH, Auckland: Felicity Molloy, NZ Theatreview Feature - Ballet shows what’s wrong with Instagram: Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz
  6. Oh that happened at the Lowry earlier this year too. I hope no-one was hurt by the shattered glass.
  7. Sadly, I think it could be true. I once overheard two audience members querying why Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma of BRB were dancing Romeo and Juliet. I also heard someone wondering why Mlindi Kulashe 0f NB had been cast as Mr Rochester and someone recently said to me that companies were looking too Asian!!!!!! Personally I am not bothered about anybody's ethnicity, gender, religion or politics when they are on stage! I have come to see people perform ...
  8. What is the best cure for a very stressful couple of days?? A day trip to see The Trocks in Buxton of course!!! OK - the drive there was somewhat stressful too with high winds over Thelwall Viaduct and the tops of the Cat & Fiddle route but.... Buxton Opera House is a favourite theatre of mine ... a gorgeous Frank Matcham chocolate box of an auditorium (BOH was his dress rehearsal for the London Coliseum not that I ever see the similarities!). However, the stage is very small and the rake is most bizarre - slope, flat, slope. I did wonder how the Trocks would cope (as I have wondered every time I have seen ballet there) and they coped very well indeed! We started with the usual list of changes and dancers and the packed out audience was in fits of laughter! The first piece was Swan Lake Act 2. I think it had been tightened up since I last saw it performed by them and there were some more slapstick jokes. But when they danced ... oh boy did they dance! It was a great way to start the afternoon and I was de-stressed by the time the curtain came down. After the first interval we were treated, as an extra, to Patterns in Space. I just love this Cunningham pastiche, which was superbly danced and played. Much out loud guffawing from the audience! Then the Esmerelda pas de six, which was a new one on me and great fun. Act 2 ended with another extra - The Dying Swan - nothing more to say! The afternoon ended with a superb rendition of Paquita. This was danced more or less without ornamentation (ok, a couple of staged slips and collisions but only a very couple). It was a TOTAL JOY!!! What a way to finish the afternoon. Judging by the applause and standing ovation the rest of the audience enjoyed the performance as much as I did. Unfortunately I couldn't stay for the talk because I had to move my car but what a truly fabulous afternoon. Thank you The Trocks! Please come back soon!
  9. SADHANA DANCE PRESENTS UNKINDEST CUT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IF OXFORD SCIENCE & IDEAS FESTIVAL UK SCIENCE FESTIVALS TOUR 4 October – 24 March It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Performed within the close confines of a shipping container, Unkindest Cut opens a door into ourselves. A hidden fortress of ideas: intimate and intense; alarming yet alluring; enclosed but spilling over. Combining dance, spoken word and film with an interactive light and sound installation, the production explores how our minds cope – and sometimes don’t with modern life, and offers new perspectives on issues surrounding mental health in young adults today. The latest work from acclaimed choreographer, performer and science educator, Subathra Subramaniam, Unkindest Cut has been created in consultation with lead child and adolescent psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley Adolescent Mental Health Services Dr Partha Banerjea, and will be touring in partnership with the Oxford Science and Ideas Festival. Unkindest Cut is funded by The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England. “I believe that the essence of human beings can be revealed through art. I want my multi-disciplinary work to instill a curiosity, pose questions, open up debate and discussion. Mental health is such an important issue facing young people today. Unkindest Cut – you could describe it as a head trip. It’s about reflection rather than reaction, a thinking space that can help us think differently about mental health.” Subathra Subramaniam Touring major science festivals across the UK from 4th October – 24th March 2019, performances of Unkindest Cut are preceded by a series of dance workshops for young people, exploring what it is like to be a young person in the world today. The young people’s voices from these discussions then form the soundscape of the installation for Unkindest Cut. The piece aims to increase awareness around the issues of mental health – for example cases of self-harm in girls aged 13-16 have risen by 68% since 2011. Unkindest Cut stems from Subathra’s work as Artist in Residence at The South London and Maudsley Adolescent Mental Health Unit. The information gathered from the project will inform a major research paper to be published next year. Unkindest Cut was conceived and choreographed by Subathra Subramaniam. The piece is a collaboration with audio visual artists, Kathy Hinde and Matthew Olden and lighting designer, Aideen Malone, with dramaturgy by Chris Fogg. ends – Notes to editors Subathra Subramaniam – Artistic Director, Sadhana Dance Subathra is a choreographer, dancer and educator and the artistic director of Sadhana Dance. A qualified Science teacher with a Masters Degree in Education, Suba was part of the education team at Cape Farewell, a project that brings together young people, artists, scientists, educators and journalists to raise awareness about climate change. Suba has also been Associate Artist at South East Dance, Artist in Residence at The Environment Institute at UCL and Choreographer in Residence at Bucks New University. Her choreography navigates the confluence of arts and science drawing from her belief that dance, can play a part in the public engagement with scientific concepts. Her work combines contemporary choreography and Bharata Natyam. Suba started her Bharata Natyam training in Malaysia and continued it in London under Prakash Yadagudde at the Bhavan Centre, Institute of Indian Fine Arts and Culture. From 1997 till its closure in 2008, Suba was co-founder and artistic director of Angika with Mayuri Boonham. Suba’s dance works are a result of cross art collaborations and extended periods of research undertaken with scientists or in scientific and academic institutions. Her touring works for Sadhana include The Shiver, Elixir and Under My Skin, which was shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize 2015. She is regularly asked to speak at conferences and events including a TEDx and British Council International seminars in Thailand, Cuba Canada and Egypt. She recently led a movement workshop for artists, scientists and healthcare professional from all over the world at the International Public Engagement Workshop for the Wellcome Trust in Mumbai. About Oxford Science & Ideas Festival IF Oxford is an annual science and ideas festival organised by the charity Oxfordshire Science Festival, (Charity number 1151361). Through a thought provoking range of events and activities the festival aims to inspire and support people of all ages and backgrounds to access ideas from research and innovation for the encouragement and exploration of individual and global potential. The festival creates a platform where the complexity, wonder and opportunities of scientific research are explored, challenged, celebrated and enjoyed across society. IF Oxford provides an opportunity for over ten thousand face-to-face interactions between Festival visitors, researchers and innovators. Kathy Hinde Kathy Hinde’s work grows from a partnership between nature and technology expressed through audio-visual installations and performances that combine sound, sculpture, image and light. She has shown work extensively across Europe, China, Pakistan, USA, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand. She became a Cryptic associate in 2015. Kathy has received a number of awards including an Honorary Mention at Prix Arts Electronica 2015; runner up for the PIARS Sonic Arts Award in 2014; long listed for the Aesthetica Art Prize in 2014 and 2018; a British Composer Award in Sonic Art and an ORAM award in 2017; a Scottish Award for New Music for Collaboration with Maja Ratkje in 2018 and is a selected artist for European SHAPE Platform for innovative music and audio visual art for 2018. Matthew Olden Matthew Olden is a computer artist who makes interesting things by programming his computer. He makes a wide range of computer programs that make music, do visuals and manipulate data. Matthew then more often than not uses these programs in performance. Matthew’s practice has lead him to play in many top venues around the world, get work published, accept awards, appear on telly and get to meet various royal families. Matthew’s skills make him very much sought after to build interactive installations and to lecture around different universities and colleges. Matthew primarily programs in Max/MSP and Jitter and records under the name I am the mighty jungulator. Lighting Designer - Aideen Malone Theatre credits include: A Monster Calls (London Old Vic/Bristol Old Vic); Brighton Rock (York Theatre Royal/UK Tour); Napoleon Disrobed (Told By An Idiot); Darbar Festival (Sadlers Wells); La Strada (The Other Palace/UK tour); Peter Pan (NT Olivier Theatre); Jane Eyre (BOV/NT/NTP tour); Of Mice and Men (Nottingham Playhouse); Coyote on a Fence (Manchester Theatre Royal); Greed, Silver Swan, Body Project, Double Agency, Kiss My Echo, Lady Grey, It's A Small House and we've Lived in it always (Clod Ensemble). UK Science Festival Tour Dates 2018/19 SIDMOUTH SCIENCE FESTIVAL 4-7 OCTOBER 2018 sidmouthsciencefestival.org IF OXFORD 17-21 OCTOBER 2018 If-oxford.com BATTLE FESTIVAL 26-28 OCTOBER 2018 battlefestival.co.uk SWANSEA SCIENCE FESTIVAL 8 NOVEMBER 2018 Swansea.ac.uk NOTTINGHAM 16 FEBRUARY 2019 nottsfosac.co.uk CAMBRIDGE 11-24 MARCH 2019 sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk sadhanadance.com facebook.com/sadhanadance twitter.com/sadhanadance
  10. TOM DALE COMPANY PRESENTS I INFINITE UK TOUR 4 October – 20 November The real and the virtual synthesise in this mesmeric dance installation by award-winning British choreographer, Tom Dale. I INFINITE is a solo dance piece, performed in a white cube space with a digitally animated environment. A fascinating fusion of dance, music, art and design, it is due to embark on its first major UK tour this autumn. I INFINITE explores the interplay between dancer, audience and the digital space, probing the liminality at which point these aspects merge. The audience is invited to move around the performance space to choose their own viewpoint, venturing close to the dancer or just sitting, transfixed, to watch the refined movement so often missed in more traditional theatre spaces. Inspired by the digital world’s quest to recreate life, graphic patterns slice through the space; glowing cubes fracture into a myriad of minuscule squares and pools of light hover in the air like oil on water. “I was inspired by robotics, artificial intelligence and how the digital world is moving on an increasingly fast trajectory towards lifelike manifestations. How does the digital explore and master this physical world from its finite perspective? What would a robot or A.I. need to understand or learn in order to move in a human-like way.” Tom Dale The Tom Dale Company (TDC) is one of the UK's leading contemporary dance companies. Combining dance, electronic music and digital media, TDC is a leader in the field, producing world-class work which is simultaneously bold, exciting and constantly evolving. The synergy between dance and the digital arts is the major artery pumping through TDC’s practice, its vision, through its collaborations with the digital arts, is to re-imagine dance. ends – Notes to editors I INFINITE is a collaboration between Tom Dale, Barret Hodgson and Maria Olga Palliani; performed by Jemima Brown | Maja Naomi Furnes; digital media artist Barret Hodgson; costume by Jane Taylor. Tom Dale Tom Dale graduated from Laban, winning the centre’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography. He danced with leading choreographers and companies, including Mathew Bourne’s Adventures in Motion Pictures, before focusing on creating his own work and forming Tom Dale Company. It is here that Tom is able to pursue his artistic vision, bringing together artists to collaborate on bold, exciting, innovative projects that interrogate art in motion and have a particular synergy with the digital arts and electronic music. As well as creating all of the company’s work to date, including critically acclaimed pieces Rise, I Infinite, Refugees of the Lost Heart and Digitopia, Tom has created A New Chimera for Fertile Ground, Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red with Sinfonia Viva, Subterrania which was part of In the Dust for 2Faced Dance Company, Dance Please produced by TPO/Crying Out Loud/Theatre Is and I am a believer for artist Reza Aramesh. Tom also leads educational projects throughout the UK and internationally, working with Sinfonia Viva, all of the UK’s major conservatoires for dance and for National Centres for Advanced Training. Barret Hodgson Barret is a video artist, projection specialist and digital alchemist. His company, Vent Media, creates and showcases motion graphics, film and interactive media for theatres, dance performances, music events and gallery installations across the UK. Recent collaborations include those with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, choreographer Tom Dale, artist Hetain Patel, writer Michael Eaton and the Lakeside Nottingham and Nottingham Playhouse. Barret studied Fine Arts (BA Hons) at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and Collaborative Arts Practice (MA) at Nottingham Trent University. Jemima Brown Jemima Brown was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland where she began her training in ballet, Irish dancing and musical theatre. Before moving to London in 2012, Jemima had the opportunity to work with Hofesh Shechter as part of the U.Dance Ensemble, performing Tank at The Royal Festival and Queen Elizabeth Hall. She went onto study at London Contemporary Dance School, attaining a first class BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance. Throughout her three years of training she worked with many highly acclaimed artists including Crystal Pite, Didy Veldmon, James Cousins and Kerry Nicholls to name a few. Since graduating, Jemima has worked with Joss Arnott Dance performing a UK tour of 5/0 alongside world-renowned musician Dame Evelyn Glennie. She has also worked with Avant Garde Dance, playing the role of Oliver in Fagin’s Twist in collaboration with Tony Adigun and The Place. Other projects include work with Sally Marie, Didy Veldmon and Antoine Marc. Maja Naomi Furnes Maja was born in Norway and trained in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. She completed her BA at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Since graduation, Maja has worked in several projects in Norway for TV and stage such as Peer Gynt at the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, Oslo Dance Ensemble and a community project at the Bærum Kulturhus. In 2015 Maja had the opportunity to work for Hofesh Shechter in his young company Shechter II followed by a European tour. After premiering in Paris, the company was awarded the La Grand Prix de la Critique de la Danse. During her time in the company, Maja also had the opportunity to perform alongside the Hofesh Shechter Company at the Royal Opera House in London with Orphée et Eurydice, which later restaged at Teatro alla Scala in Milan in 2018. Maja is now performing I Infinite for Tom Dale Company. About Tom Dale Company Tom Dale Company (TDC) is one of the UK's leading contemporary dance companies. Combining dance, electronic music and digital media, TDC is a leader in the field, producing world-class work which is simultaneously bold, exciting and constantly evolving. Our award-winning participatory activities for young people deliver exceptional transmedia programmes across Nottinghamshire and further afield. The synergy between dance and the digital arts is the major artery pumping through TDC’s practice. It is woven into all our programmes of work. The company’s vision, through its collaborations with the digital arts, is to re-imagine dance. Collaboration is key to our creative process. We explore new ideas, aesthetics and techniques with an exceptional team of dancers, digital artists, electronic musicians, poets, writers, designers and visual artists. UK Autumn Tour Dates 2018 NIGHT LIGHT, LEEDS NORTHERN BALLET THEATRE 4 & 5 October (times TBC) northernballet.com NEW THEATRE ROYAL, PORTSMOUTH 9 October 6pm, 7.30pm & 9pm newtheatreroyal.com | 023 9264 9000 WARWICK ARTS CENTRE, COVENTRY 11 & 12 October 10.30am, 7pm & 8.45pm warwickartscentre.co.uk | 024 7652 4524 THE PLACE, LONDON 16 October 7pm & 8.30pm 17 October 7pm theplace.org.uk | 0207 121 1100 MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM 1 & 2 November 11am, 2pm & 6pm macbirmingham.co.uk | 0121 446 3232 MOUNTS BAY ACADEMY, PENZANCE 4 November 7pm & 8.30pm www.crbo.co.uk | 01726 879 500 EXETER PHOENIX 6 November 7pm & 8.30pm exeterphoenix.org.uk | 01392 667 080 GUILDHALL ARTS CENTRE, GRANTHAM 9 November 11am, 1.30pm & 7pm guildhallartscentre.com | 01476 406 158 THE COUNCIL HOUSE, NOTTINGHAM 15-17 November 7pm & 8.30pm dance4.co.uk STRIKE A LIGHT, GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL 20 November 7pm & 8.30pm strikealightfestival.org.uk I INFINITE was originally co-produced by Dance4 with support from Nottingham Lakeside Arts, Déda, DanceDigital and Arts Council England. tomdale.org.uk www.facebook.com/tomdalecompanytwitter.com/TomDaleCompanyvimeo.com/tomdalecompany
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