Darcey Bussell steps out of the world of ballet to present BBC Two audiences with two modern dance works that take familiar genres into uncharted territory.
Inspired by her love for exploring all forms of dance the film showcases two exciting new works from Barbican associate artists – Boy Blue Entertainment and Montreal based skaters – Le Patin Libre.
Taking us on a journey from hip hop to ice dance, former ballet dancer and current Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell introduces us to the people and pieces that are breaking new choreographic ground, including Oscar winning director Danny Boyle. Both works were commissioned for screen by The Space, the digital commissioning agency supported by the BBC and Arts Council England.
EVELYN GLENNIE TO PREMIERE ECHOES FROM THE BIRDCAGE – THE CULMINATION OF HER 2017 MUSICIAN IN RESIDENCY AT KING’S CROSS
Venue: The Platform Theatre, 1 Handyside St, Kings Cross, N1C 4AA
Date & Time: Friday 22nd December 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Tickets: Concessions £10, Adults £18
Echoes from the Birdcage is the world premiere of a new composition to emerge from Dame Evelyn Glennie’s time as the PRS Foundation and King’s Cross Musician in Residence, written by Jill Jarman in collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie.
Echoes from the Birdcage will be performed for the first time on Friday 22nd December 2017 at the Platform Theatre in Kings Cross, with a 2:30pm matinee performance and a 7:30pm evening performance. Tickets are available to purchase online now from here and are priced £10 (for concessions) and £18 (for adults).
Informed and inspired by the sounds collected and shared by the King’s Cross community, Echoes from the Birdcage tells a story of the place in six movements, displaying all the different aspects of the area and how much it has changed through history. In Motion; Global Chant; and The Spaces in-between are just a few of the named movements.
An amazing sound world is created by percussionist Evelyn Glennie with an ensemble of musicians, to bring to life the sounds and emotions of the transformation of King’s Cross.
Evelyn Glennie said, “These last few months have been a learning curve; connecting to the King’s Cross community has taught me so much about this place right at the heart of London, so much so that I can say my relationship and appreciation of the area has expanded through this residency.
I’m proud of the piece of music Jill [Jarman] has written – Echoes from the Birdcage – and believe it will have a lasting legacy not only in the King’s Cross area, but hopefully as an inspirational piece that gets people thinking about the sound environment of their particular space.”
TRIPSPACE PROJECTS in Haggerston, London E8, is proud to present ‘LIMEN’, a festival of performance work by Hackney-based artists November 22nd/23rd
TRIPSPACE PROJECTS is a new performance space in the fast rising East London area of Haggerston. Situated in two beautifully converted railway arches at Acton Mews, Haggerston E8, one arch is a superb cultural space holding classes and performances in dance, physical theatre and more while the other arch is the highly rated TripKitchen complete with outdoor terrace.
Over the weekend of November 22nd and 23rd, TripSpace is curating LIMEN (‘threshold’), a two day durational exhibition of performance featuring an outstanding lineup of emerging artists, many of whom reside and work in Haggerston and Hackney.
At TripSpace the co-curators of ‘LIMEN’, Giuliana Majo and Pepa Ubera, have been workingon the concept of ‘LIMEN’ with a view to bridging the gap between established and underground artistic institutions. The curators have responded to MIRRORCITY: 23 London artists on fiction and reality; which is curated by Dr Stephanie Rosenthal and runs until January 4th 2015 at Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery. With great insight TripSpace have themselves programmed a weekend of performance, dance, music, discussions, and film on similar topics and exploring similar questions to the Hayward Gallery’s exhibition.
MIRRORCITY features recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in London who all seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in our digital age. The exhibition presents artworks in a wide variety of media including painting, film and video, sculpture, drawing, sound and performance all of which address the effect of the digital on our lives. The art works also reflect the shifting, complex and multi-faceted nature of London itself. For the artists in this exhibition London is a place where they can question and negotiate the space into which art is supposed to fit as well as push boundaries. Building on a history in which artists have assessed and evaluated the effects of broad social, political and technological change on our lives, this exhibition asks: ‘what is our current experience of reality?’
TripSpace is the brainwave of artists Montse Ventura, Giuliana Majo, and Peter Fiala whose mission is to cultivate artistic ideas around the body and performance and make them a reality through creating and programming performances and developing relationships with like minded artists and organisations.
TripSpace, Arch 339-340, Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
November 22nd 4pm to 11pm
November 23rd 2pm to 8pm
Tickets: One day: £15/£10concs. Both days: £20/£15concs
Artistic director Giuliana Majo says: “Although TripSpace is still a very young performance space, we have, in the last year, curated an enormous amount of performances and events. We are thrilled to be presenting LIMEN.. At TripSpace we’re about the body and we aim to create a fantastic experience for the audience, to engage as many of the senses as possible. We will be presenting work that can’t be labelled or boxed up to open minded audiences who are keen to experience something new. Working with the Hayward’s theme of ‘what is real?’ has inspired us to revisit the idea of ‘performance space itself’ and consider the best way of presenting TripSpace within that theme.
“The space we will use for the festival is more like a gallery space than a theatrical setting which I think will increase the appeal for audiences. We will present a ‘durational exhibition of performance manifesting in an overlapping stream of events’ that will inhabit all the spaces of the venue and will blur the boundaries between audience members and performers.
“There’s a huge hunger for the arts in the area and new spaces are springing up all around us – TripSpace is really doing something different; quite simply there’s no one like us in the capital and we’re bringing new art and offering excellent work to audiences whose tastes range from music to film to theatre to dance.”
Dr Stephanie Rosenthal commented: “It’s been interesting to work with so many artists across London when curating MIRROCITY and our discussions also extended to those with curators and organisations such as TripSpace . Hackney is an incredible area for experimentation in the arts and we share and support Trip Space’s interest in the overlapping of digital information and physical space.”
LIMEN will be presenting work by the following individuals and companies:
Marina Collard and Kate Johnson - The Body In and As Space: By arranging and rearranging 20 dancers, while inviting audience members to move through the evolving performance, Marina and Kate adjust and explore the building’s interior. The dancers stir and still the space to allow the space itself to become the dominant performative object.
Owen Davey and Sammy Patterson present a series of short films on the themes of in-between spaces, London, Mirrorcity and otherness.
Marguerite Galizia - This is a Square: (photo left) A blend of live performance and real time video projection in a commentary on perception, perspective and our notion of what is real.
Charlie Hope – From The Ether: An electronic ouija board, connected to 26 participants, searches online social media for information which it spells out through a series of electric shocks. The séance will try to decipher the nature of the communications from the electrical ether.
KidsTheseDays – BodyMouth: A projected image of a large mouth reacts in real time to the participant’s movements. Pre-recorded speech is reproduced in relation to the size and rate of movement.
Giuliana Majo - Space Hopping: An interactive installation about the barely imperceptible...the audiences performs a journey through an everyday space transformed into a poetic space.
Anton Mirto - Earning Innonce /4: Installation performance that explores ideas about finding and hiding the self.
Michael Picknett and Company – Whispers: (photo left) Using memory and shared experiences this encounter between performer and audience asks if it’s possible to share a memory.
Polbrone - ForeLoop-Backloop: Polbrone is the new music project of brothers Andrea Salvatici and Simone Salvatici (former of Clorinde). Their music fluctuates between musical improvisation, sound exploration and evolving drones. Polbrone like contrasting effects, melodies that gradually destroy and decay, combining acoustic instruments with digital processing.
Pepa Ubera & Josefina Camus - Ellipsis Land: Real time performance that invites the audience to re-inhabit the space occupied by the body and its surrounding context.
Kajsa Wadhia & Maria Stiernborg - The Disengaged Free Jazz Orchestra: (photo left) Confronted with the exhaustion of the possibilities of creativity, the performers use indifference and laziness as a message of resistance and response to a society promoting artistic mass production.
One of the aims of the November festival is for TripSpace to throw open its doors and show visitors how its unique environment can work for contemporary movement projects, body awareness practice, and theatrical experimentation. Since the studio opened in 2012, it has gradually improved facilities and is now confident of offering a unique space to artistic practitioners as well as members of the local community and dance and theatre students.
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TripSpace co-artistic directors: Montserrat Ventura, Giuliana Majo, and Pepa Ubera.
Giuliana Majo is the Artistic Director of TripSpace Projects and has more than 13 years of experience as a curator, producer, choreographer and performer. She graduated in 2005 from London Contemporary and developed her studies further in creating and devising theatre at the London International School of Performing Arts. She has worked with many choreographers and directors such as Melly Still, Rick Nodine, Finn Walker, Maxine Doyle (Punch Drunk) and has been supported by The Place, Glyndebourne, The Royal Opera House to name a few. She co-founded TripSpace with Montse Ventura and Peter Fiala in 2010 in order to support her own work and the work of like minded independent artists.
Montserrrat Ventura trained as a dancer at Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at Trinity Laban in London. She has worked with a number of dance companies including Ballet Contemporani e Barcelona, Compañia Pendiente and Jose Vidal and Friends; from 2004-10 she was deputy house manager at the Hackney Empire and is a co-founder and co-director of TripSpace.
Peter Fiala, the founding patron of TripSpace Projects, has a long association with funding arts and related projects ranging from interests in a film distribution company to supporting emerging artists. Peter was a city financier for 15 years before leaving to set up his own business.
Pepa Ubera was awarded a Dance Web Scholarship programme in 2010 at the ImPuls Tanz Festival to show her choreographic work in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain in Vienna. She has been an artist in residence at micadanses Paris, Charleroi-danses Brussels, Matucana 100 Santiago de Chile, among others.
JOHN ROSS, SALLY MARIE & CAROLINE FINN ANNOUNCED AS THE WINNERS OF THE 2014 NEW ADVENTURES CHOREOGRAPHER AWARD
New Adventures are delighted to announce that John Ross, Sally Marie and Caroline Finn are the joint-winners of the 2014 New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). Nearly 100 applied for the award. These applications were shortlisted to six with Ross, Marie and Finn chosen as the winners after a weekend of interviews chaired by Matthew Bourne and his team of distinguished judges:
Scott Ambler (Associate Artist, New Adventures), Lez Brotherston (Designer and Associate Artist, New Adventures), Nina Goldman (Principal Dancer, New Adventures), Christopher Hampson (Artistic Director, Scottish Ballet), Etta Murfitt (Associate Artist, New Adventures), Emma Rice (Artistic Director, Kneehigh Theatre Company), Sharon Watson (Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre) and Edward Watson (Principal Dancer, Royal Ballet).
Due to the overwhelmingly high standard of the six finalists Bourne and his team of judges decided to make three distinct awards:
THE SHOWCASE AWARD
John Ross initially trained as an actor before training as a dancer at the Scottish School for Contemporary Dance and at The Place, graduating with 1st Class Honours in 2011. Since graduating John has created a number of short works including choreographing a musical, Epidemic for Old Vic New Voices.
John will be offered 12 months of mentoring and support and develop new work to be presented by New Adventures, at his own showcase performance, at a prestigious London venue in the Autumn of 2014.
THE COMMISSIONING AWARD
Munich-based British Dancer/Choreographer Caroline Finn trained in Dance at the Arts Educational School,Tring and at the Julliard School, New York. Finn has worked as a freelance dancer since 2009 for companies such as Ballett Teater München in Germany and Ballet Preljocaj in France. She is currently a member of Tanztendenz München. Finn is keen to develop her choreographic language and establish a choreographic career in the UK.
Caroline will create a new work for Leeds based company, Phoenix Dance Theatre to appear in the company’s 2015 triple-bill that will tour the UK.
THE SPECIAL AWARD
Sally Marie has had a successful career as a dancer working with a range of choreographers and companies ranging from Jasmin Vardimon to Protein. In 2012 Marie created the company Sweet Shop Revolution in order to launch a choreographic career.
Sally will be provided with the resources to appoint a freelance Producer to work with her company to develop, promote and programme her work over a twelve month period.
The bi-annual NACA award is run by the charitable arm of New Adventures, Re:Bourne who provide mentoring, support on budgeting, management, contracting and fundraising. Over £40,000 will be shared by the winners.
NACA has established itself as one of the sector’s most hotly sought after platforms for new choreographic talent. The award was originally established by colleagues and friends in celebration of Matthew Bourne’s 50th birthday in 2010.
Matthew Bourne said today "When these awards were created three years ago, I was adamant that we used the word “choreographer”, rather than “choreography” as it was the artists, rather than the work that I wanted to support. I am delighted to be able to announce today the three winners for the 2014 New Adventures Choreographer Award (NACA). John, Sally and Caroline unanimously impressed the panel of judges, and we are thrilled and proud to have been able to support all of them in the next steps of their choreographic careers.”
JOHN ROSS winner of THE SHOWCASE AWARD
Ross started his training as an actor in Scotland before making the switch to dance at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance in Dundee followed by The London Contemporary Dance School. He went on to successfully graduate with a First Class Honours Degree.
He has worked with artists such as Akiko Kutimara, Freddie Oppokua Addiae, Jorge Cresis, Jasmin Vardimon and Tom Dale.
Ross has made commissioned works for Dance United, The Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, Shoreditch Youth Dance and choreographed Epidemic, a musical for Old Vic New Voices.
Ross hopes to fully establish himself as a choreographer and set up his own dance company to collaborate with all art forms to make new and exciting Dance Theatre.
SALLY MARIE winner of THE SPECIAL AWARD
Sally trained at Central School of Ballet and has since performed extensively with Protein Dance, including B for Body, which was a finalist in the Place Prize. This was followed by the full-length touring production of Dear Body, and more recently a world tour with LOL.
Other work includes pieces by Jasmin Vardimon, Tilted Productions, Frauke Requart, H2, Sean Tuan John, Duckie at The Barbican, Deja Donne in Italy, Rajni Shah, Gary Stevens, Lulus’ Living Room, and Steve Koplowitz. She also works creatively with Ridiculussmuss as well as with children on the wards of St Thomas’s Hospital, where she has recently completed her third dance project.
Since 2008, Sally has been twice voted Best Female performer by Dance Europe and twice nominated as Best Female Performer, as well as a Spotlight award for new talent by The National Critics Dance Circle.
Her first group work Dulce et Decorum was performed two years running at Spring Loaded and led to the formation of her company Sweetshop Revolution, for which a new piece Tree was created last year, and will be touring in 2014.
CAROLINE FINN winner of THE COMMISSIONING AWARD
Born in England, Caroline Finn attended the Arts Educational School and Tring before moving to New York where she acquired a BFA degree from the Juilliard School. For three years she was a member of Ballett Theater München under the direction of Philip Taylor before joining Ballet Preljocaj in France and later working with Carolyn Carlson in Roubaix on her 2011 creation We were Horses.
A freelance dancer and choreographer Caroline has presented her work internationally for companies and festivals. Her acclaimed solo work Bernadette (2009) has been performed in Aixen Provence, Munich, Luzern, Berlin, Paris and South Korea.
Caroline is based in Munich where she teaches regularly at various dance studios. She is a member of Tanztendenz München e.V.
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