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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging artistslondondance.com

Trunkated

 

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts. Physical theatre, cabaret, comedy, performance art... A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

Date
Wednesday 20 April 2011

Rosie’s Pop Diary

Fringe Report Award-winning Comic Rosie Wilby started out as a singer-songwriter fronting her own band ‘Wilby’. The story of band relationships and breakups, bizarre auditions, parties and gigs was captured in words in the column Rosie’s Pop Diary that ran from 1996-2000 in the now defunct Making Music Magazine.

Mixing visuals, storytelling, stand up and acoustic versions of the songs written at the time, Rosie brings back to life the emotional rollercoaster of trying to make it in the music business at the height of Britpop… and investigates whether her column really told the whole story…

http://www.rosiewilby.com

Yellow Moths & Spilt Milk

Four wise men once asked:

Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality…
(Open your eyes
Look up to the skies and see)

Drawing on dreams, popular culture, autobiography, mythology and physics, Pachamama’s Bordello invites you to plumb the depths of reality from the cell to the celestial. Join us as we run across the planes of human existence with wild abandon. Prepare to encounter shady tricksters, a mother obsessed with birds, a poor version of Judy Garland, cabaret singers, hospital patients and eternal wanderers. Using a heady mix of live singing, physical theatre and snippets of stories, Yellow Moths & Spilt Milk pokes at what it means to be on this journey called life.

Asta Nielsen is Dead [a silent move]

"The silent film actress Asta Nielsen died in 1972
A performer doesn’t have a long life on stage
One of us has to die
Soon”

These are the first subtitles in this performance. Two performers will interact with projected texts and images, using methods found in silent films. As in these films, the performers will suffer from the tragedies of love & attempt to escape bizarre and humorous accidents. At the end there is just one open question: who is going to die?

Asta Nielsen is Dead is an experimental dance mime by
[RE:artzzZ]------re|thinking art.

Concept & Performance: Regina Fichtner & Patrizia Carlota
Music & Sound: Steve Haben
Editor: Ana Carrusca

http://reartzzz.blogspot.com

Rubies In The Attic

1898 An Italian boards a boat for America as a Russian Jew. Mistakes Cable Street for Cape Town.
1900 Charles joins the circus.
1938 Pat is taken in by a bald man at the bar.

Beautiful and bold Cabaret Theatre created and performed by The Ruby Dolls. Rubies In the Attic explores the shared histories of four women, starting at the turn of the 20th century. Intertwining Coward with Klezmer and Tango with African folk, the Dolls cross musical landscapes and political divides. Join them as they unearth their beginnings and sing their back way home.

http://www.therubydolls.com

Not looking for anyone

"People want to be found, but they’re not looking for anyone…"

Guerilla Dance Project attempts to answer the question of what has become of
social dance and physical courting rituals in an anonymous urbanised society,
and what its prospects are as our social interactions become increasingly
digitalised.

The show examines this through the lens of a female individual, using
vocabulary from the company’s trademark ‘random acts of dance when you least
expect them’. As she observes the numb world around her, routine movements
unfold into a vibrant display of our contemporary physicality, forcing us to
'experience the everyday as aesthetic'.

www.guerilladanceproject.com

Once Upon a Time...

Filskit Theatre is commited to creating work that ignites the imagination of
audiences. Using their own special 'Filskit' blend of micro projection, light,
movement, shadow and music, they take a closer look at a real fairytale
female...

http://www.filskittheatre.com/


Theatre

Macbeth

by Lazarus Theatre Company (Winner, 'Best Fringe or Regional Play': Othello April 2010 - Broadway World UK Awards)

Dates
Tuesday 22 March 2011 - Saturday 16 April 2011

Ambition, violence, tyranny and evil... Lazarus returns to Shakespeare for this explosive and blood thirsty production of one of the most iconic plays ever written.

Macbeth, Thane of Glamis, rises with a viscous and savage thirst for power, reputation and dominance. His rapid and sensational succession through the ranks - encouraged by his wife's dominance - leads to him being crowned King and ultimately his destruction.

A large ensemble of over fifteen actors will create this dark, violent and demonic production, combining text, movement and music to create a world of witchcraft, masculinity and divine intervention.


Directed and Designed by
Ricky Dukes
Movement
Ria Whitton
Sound Design
Liam Welton
Lighting Design
Heather Doole
Costume Design
Rebecca Mills
Photography by
Adam Trigg Photography
Cast
James Billington, Alice Brown, Chris Casey, Chris Chambers, Lewis Davidson, Charlotte Dodds, Claire Gaydon, Sam Harding, Anthony Harwood, Robin Holden, James Inkson, Dotty Kultys, Elly Lowney, Evan Regueira, Douglas Rutter, Ceridwen Smith, Victoria Sye, Benjamin Wainwright & Chris Wynn
Theatre

Tom's

A real life story of paralysis captured through puppetry and performance.

Dates
Tuesday 22 February 2011 - Saturday 12 March 2011

Three shows, three critically-acclaimed offerings: since 2005 Sketty Productions have been using original puppetry to fuel their physical approach in creating emotive drama.

The work produced has been praised as extraordinary, innovative, beautiful and intelligent, and as much dynamic as it is deeply moving.

Taken from the true story of Tom Nabarro and his partner Ellen, this latest piece explores the lives of an inspiring young couple prevailing over apparent tragedy. What has been discovered is a story of astounding determination, unique love, hope...And laughter.


Director
Toby Clarke
Lighting Designer
Joshua Pharo
Cast
Alex Clarke (Nominated: Best Actor, The Offies 2011), Amelia De-Felice, Adam Langstaff, Hattie Thomas & Emily Wallis (Nominated: Best Actress, The Offies 2011)

Recordings

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Radio Interview
Feature on Reprezent radio

Clichéd & Mind The Gap

Dance & Theatre (double-bill)

Dates
Tuesday 7 December 2010 - Saturday 18 December 2010

Clichéd

Sebastian Rex Dance Group

Cliché: an overused expression or idea.

What happens when clichés are stripped from their meaning and being given new ones? Can Mendelssohn’s wedding march ever be used for the unhappiest day of your life? Will the Jaws theme tune ever signify anything less frightening or are there plenty more fish in the sea? Following critics’ choice in Time Out, SRDG return to the Blue Elephant with an exploration of the oldest phrases in the books…

Mind The Gap

Acting Like Mad

Mind the Gap is a playful exploration in story-telling, channelling into the futility of youth. Four friends go on holiday to London. They sit, talk, sleep with each other and play games in short staccato dialogue, with characters playing other parts in order to tell their stories. We get a glimpse into these young lives - their personalities and childhood traumas - in a quirky and energetic manner. Scenes are short and dynamic. Just like that sentence was. Even more so. Like that.

Reviews
Review by Vicky Bell from The Public Reviews

Review by Olivia Parker from Running In Heels

Review by LondonDance.com


'Cliched'
Choreographer
Lisette Foster
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Cast
Lisa Bender, Nick Bosanko, Emma Brett, Eleanor Guest, Akiyo Ishihashi, Jean Magnard, Ughetta Pratesi & Tiffany Siede
'Mind the Gap' by
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Director
Maria Prevelli
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Cast
Christian Devellerez & Sarah Hall

Recordings

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Feature on Reprezent radio
Theatre

The White Devil

Dates
Tuesday 9 November 2010 - Saturday 4 December 2010

Following a hugely successful production of The Duchess of Malfi at the Blue Elephant last year, Lazarus returns to John Webster to stage one of the finest and most complex Jacobean tragedies, The White Devil.

Vittoria, wife of Camillo, is consumed in a decadent and dangerous love affair with Duke Bracciano, husband to Isabella. Their intoxicating game of lust and sexual obsession leads to the destruction of the court and their own existence.

This passionate and tragic piece will be played by a large ensemble who - through the use of text, movement and music - create the debauchery and decay of the Italian court. The hunt is on for The White Devil…

Reviews
Review by Katie Shellard from Running In Heels

Review by Naima Khan from Spoonfed.co.uk

Review by Georgia Blake from WhatsOnStage.com

Press coverage
Interview with director Ricky Dukes


Directed by
Ricky Dukes
Designed by
James Sheppard & Ricky Dukes
Movement by
Ria Whitton & Ricky Dukes
Music and Sound Design by
Sebastian Willan
Lighting Design by
Heather Doole
Costume Design by
Rebecca Mills
Photographer
Tina Engstrom
Cast
Tim Astley, James Billington, Sebastian Canciglia, Elaine Hartley, Jen Holt, Sophie Howard, Nic Lamont, Jonathan Leinmuller, Andrew Leishman, Christopher Mark, Hollie McGovern, Victoria Sye, David Tyrrell, Andrew Venning, Danny Wainwright and Peter Wiedmann

Recordings

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Feature on Reprezent radio
Theatre

The Cave [WORLD PREMIERE]

 

'You want to kill her because she is not afraid'?

Dates
Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Saturday 6 November 2010
Image reproduced by kind permission of
The Mervyn Peake Estate

by Mervyn Peake

In one cave, thousands of years of history are played out. A history marked by conformity and the persecution of anyone who dares to speak out. One family struggles to live their day-to-day lives. Then one day a young girl enters the cave and throws their belief system into question.

This unsettling and powerful play by Mervyn Peake - author of Gormenghast - is a dark, inquisitive look at the nature of authority and its effect on the human condition.

There will be a post-show discussion with the writer's son, Sebastian Peake chaired by writer Neil Norman on Tuesday 26 October.


Reviews
It has streaks of the angry postwar nihilism of Anouilh and Sartre: the hopeful theme of rejecting fear and social coercion leads only to amoral fragmentation in the last act. But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre." –Libby Purves, The Times

Review by Running In Heels

Review by Marcus Sedgwick

Review by Caroline Jowett from Express.co.uk

Review by Paul Vale from The STAGE


Interviews
Interview by BehindTheFringe.com

Londonist Out Loud 2: Aaron Paterson from Londonist on Vimeo.


Director
Aaron Paterson
Designer
Talulah Mason
Costume Designer
Nicki Martin-Harper
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Sound & Video Designer
Chris Adams
Composer
Ewen Moore
Fight Director
Ronin Traynor
Photographer
Dougie Firth
Cast
Sebastian Aguirre, Diane Axford, Nick Hoad, Emily Wallis, Matthew Wade & Guy Warren-Thomas
Gallery

Rehearsal

 
Dates
Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Saturday 6 November 2010

The three artists involved in the exhibition to accompany the play 'The Cave' have spent a number of days watching and making drawings of the rehearsals. They have all responded in ways particular to their own working methods. Collecting images and ideas during rehearsals has been enormously inspiring for all three artists.

Florence Peake has concentrated on 'one to one' contact with the director and cast of the play and produced a set of drawings showing the dynamic nature of the rehearsals. By a mixture of quick observations and more 'worked' drawings she echoes her own practice in choreography and performance.

Lewis Peake, with his experience in film and television, has used a combination of photography and drawings as starting points for his work in the exhibition.

Fabian Peake has used the drawings and watercolours produced during the rehearsals to develop ideas and visual themes in his studio. The work produced displays a linear path which often diverges greatly from the original subject. The initial drawings 'on set' were the basis for a more cerebral interpretation of events encountered in the rehearsals.

Theatre

Jukai 樹海

"I came to myself in a dark wood, where the true way was wholly lost" Dante

Dates
Tuesday 28 September 2010 - Saturday 16 October 2010

At the base of Mount Fuji lies a stretch of forest known locally as 'The Sea of Trees'. Centuries of secrets lie hidden under the mossy earth, where rivers of lava have hardened over to form the cavernous forest floor. Thousands of people who have entered these woods have never been seen again. Some simply got lost. Others went in intending to disappear…

Theatre Témoin collaborates with Taiko drummers to devise a new piece which incorporates half-mask, contemporary theatre and Japanese traditional music to tell a story about straying from the path.

FAQs: "Jukai" @ Blue Elephant Theatre, London [BehindTheFringe.com]

Featured article: JUKAI Review 28 Sept -16 Oct [JapaneseLondon.com]

★★★★★Review of Jukai 樹海, by Theatre Temoin [Remotegoat.co.uk]

Review by Amy Yorston [The British Theatre Guide]


Director
Ailin Conant
Lighting Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Costume Designer
Urara Sakurai
Set Designer
Laurence Webb
Dance Choreographer
Bert Roman
Movement Director
Robin Guiver
Fight Choreographer
Ronin Traynor
Devising cast
Nomura Daisuke, Dorie Kinnear, Tomoko Komura, Bradley Wayne Smith & Julia Yevnine
Devising musicians
Ikuyo Conant & Nao Masuda
Gallery

Mildred Rambaud

 
Dates
Tuesday 28 September 2010 - Saturday 16 October 2010

Lead drawings by Mildred Rambaud

Gallery

Borough Faces etc.

 
Dates
Tuesday 29 June 2010 - Tuesday 20 July 2010

A member of The Camera Club at Kennington, Philip Ratciff is a local portrait photographer.

Most of the pictures were taken in and around the Borough Market with enthusiastic co-operation of members of Trinity College of Music.

Theatre

Stairway To Heaven

by Steve Hennessy
Nominated for the Offwestend.com Theatre Award: Best Director <Vote Now!>

Dates
Tuesday 15 June 2010 - Saturday 10 July 2010
Supported by
the Big Lottery Fund

Cheops’ Pyramid. Egypt. 2,700 B.C.

The biggest, most terrifying and dangerous construction site the world has ever known.

A hundred thousand men will haul two and a half million limestone blocks weighing a total of six million tons up a building the size of a skyscraper using nothing but human muscle.

On his first day working on the pyramid, one young man has to adapt quickly to a new life in a work gang where intense friendships and hatreds are forged in a feverish furnace of desert heat, brutal humour, backbreaking work, horrific accidents, drink, sex and death.

And as the ghosts of dead workmates and visions of Amun Ra the Sun God elbow their way into Makhthon’s dreams, something strange is happening just out of sight, on the higher ledges of the pyramid, where the workers are never allowed.

Where does the stairway really lead?


Writer
Steve Hennessy
Director
Chris Loveless
Design
Ann Stiddard
Lighting
Chris Lince
Movement
Omar F. Okai
Music
Renell Shaw
Sound
Matt Hall
Photographer
Michael Brydon
Cast
Nicholas Cass-Beggs, James French, James Ronan & Matthew Ward

Press

“Beautifully short at just an hour long, and as far from sex and cynicism in the city that preoccupies most modern plays about men in love, Stairway to Heaven is touching, strange and bravely original”
Gallery

We see the World through the Prism of our Understanding

Multimedia 2D works, exploring space and the individual experience.
Dates
Wednesday 2 June 2010 - Saturday 26 June 2010

An exhibition of work by Jessica Davies.

Theatre

Spark: London

 

Dates
Monday 7 June 2010 - Friday 11 June 2010

Everyone has a story in them. Extraordinary true stories of life in this fine city told by a specially-selected group of Londoners.


Recordings

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A story told by Martin Cullingford

Press

"Britain's first true-storytelling club night"
Theatre

The Book of Disquiet

by Fernando Pessoa

Dates
Thursday 3 June 2010 - Saturday 5 June 2010

Listed as one of The Guardian’s top 100 books of all time, Fernando Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet was discovered in a trunk in his apartment in Lisbon after his death in 1935. Part novel, part memoir, part philosophical meditation on the futility of living, Pessoa’s Livro defies definition and endures as a testament to modernist writing.

Have you ever thought how invisible we really are to one another?
How little we really know about each other?
We look but do we really see?
We listen but what we hear is our own voice inside.


The Book of Disquiet


Director
Nicholai La Barrie
Translation/Adaptation
Mark O'Thomas
Lighting Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Electronic Composer
Jo Thomas
Photographer
Dougie Firth
Cast
Alex Clarke, Charlotte Gallagher, Nicholas Caesar & Polly Lister.

Naughty!

Dance & Theatre (Double-bill)

Dates
Tuesday 11 May 2010 - Saturday 29 May 2010

Modern Romance

Sebastian Rex Dance Group

A full-length contemporary dance piece examining gender politics and the effect of the re-definition of identity on our modern interpretations of love and romance. With a soundtrack buzzing with songs from the Noughties.



$ellebrity

Acting Like Mad

A very short play about commodities. This dark comedy asks a very simple question – if celebrities sell themselves to the public – who owns them?


Writer/ Director/ Choreographer
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Designer
Helena O'Nions
Lighting Designer
Claire Childs
Photographer
Tina Engström
Cast
Lisa Bender, Kate Chisholm, Matthew Crouzières, Lisette Foster, Ido Gonen, Christopher Hall, Jo Sadler-Lovett

Press

“Subtle satire and hilarious script”
“It's handsomely choreographed and there's a sly sense of humour at work here.” TIMEOUT CRITICS' CHOICE