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Press Release: New Movement Collective present Les Noces - The Departure at Woolwich Works on the 13 & 14 January 2024

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Press release

Thursday 2 November 2023

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New Movement Collective

Les Noces - The Departure

Woolwich Works, SE18

Sat 13 & Sun 14 January 2024

Performances at 7.30pm (mat at 2.30pm)

Tickets: £26.50 (conc. £20)



Always expect the unexpected from these pop-up superstars of contemporary dance.” Bachtrack


One hundred years after Stravinsky and Nijinska created the powerful masterpiece Les Noces, New Movement Collective presents a reimagining of the iconic ballet at Woolwich Works on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 January 2024. 




A deeply emotive exploration of what is at the core of human relationships and commitment, Les Noces is performed in Stravinsky’s audacious choice for pianos and percussions. This new choreographic creation features over 50 dancers, musicians, and singers from New Movement Collective, the Royal Academy of Music, and Opera Holland Park Chorus, with music direction from Yshani Perinpanayagam and costume design by April Dalton.


To accompany the evening’s programme, New Movement Collective has commissioned three composers and songwriters to respond to Stravinsky’s score: the project's music director Perinpanayagam, emerging Royal Academy of Music composer Andrea Balency-Béarn, and Beatbox ChampionMC Zani. 


These new compositions will see choreographic explorations on the work’s themes performed by English National Ballet’s ENBYouthCo and Manchester based Company Chameleon’s Chameleon Youth.


New Movement Collective is a group of dance artists who come together to redefine the boundaries of choreography through ambitious, cross-disciplinary work. Les Noces - The Departure continues their exploration into the relationship between performer, participant and spectator in a multi-layered marriage of dance and music.


Notes to Editors


Les Noces - The Departure is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the London Community Foundation Cockayne - Grants for the Arts programme, Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX), with additional support from the Acosta Dance Foundation. 


Partner organisations for the production are the Royal Academy of Music, Company Chameleon, English National Ballet, East London Dance and Woolwich Works. 


Cast and creatives include:


Eryck Brahmania, Robert Bridger, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Daniel Agudo Gallardo, Robin Gladwin, Estela Merlos, Gemma Nixon, Patricia Okenwa, Fukiko Takase and soloists April Koyejo-Audiger (soprano) and Ross Ramgobin (baritone).

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