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Past programme

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

All Grown Up

By Rebecca Tortora
Dates
Wednesday 18 February 2009 - Saturday 14 March 2009

All Grown Up features paintings and drawings exploring the experience of getting older and what it means to be a grown up.

Theatre

Trunkated

 

An evening of excerpts and short works-in-progress by London’s most exciting new artists.

Date
Friday 20 February 2009

Spring

Tal Jakubowiczova

Spring is known to be the first season, but we all know it comes after winter. This physical piece shows a woman between hopes struggling her way to spring.

Havisham

Aaron Paterson

Miss Havisham locks away her life and love in a house that is as grim and dismal as herself. Within this sanctuary and prison, Miss Havisham stagnates in memories as an eternal bride. In Havisham, Dickens’s heroine collides with her modern counterpart: Aaron Havisham. Aaron chains his love life to his untrustworthy laptop, which is as erratic and frustrated as himself. Taking sanctuary online, Aaron stagnates in cyber hopes and virtual dreams of every potential wedding. Justification for, and clarification of, the connection between adoration and isolation are sought and debated upon in the vocalised internal monologues of these two overlapping characters. Miss Havisham is a warning to a modern isolationist waiting to begin living life.

(In) Formalities

Silversmith Dance Theatre

Fanfares. Marches. Anthems. Speeches.

Combining innovatively expressive movement with live trumpet players - and a bunch of quirky characters - this comical piece explores formal events, and the aftermath of when nothing goes to plan!

I Am Nesia

Rosie Wilby

The 2006 Funny Women Finalist presents an excerpt from her 2008 Edinburgh Fringe show. This investigation into the human memory manages to combine spoof Greek mythology, games and beginner's neuroscience.

"A talented performer with a winning self-deprecating personality" Evening Standard

She's My Lady Bits

Sylvia Ferreira Dance Company

  • Director/Choreographer: Sylvia Dos Santos Ferreira
  • Dancers: Vanessa Abreu, Alex Hemsley, Rosie Pearman, Fiona Smith & Lorraine Smith
  • Costume: Seema Iqbal
  • Sound Designer: Dan Potter

An Ornery Tale

Shady Dolls

Fascinated with the grotesque, and employing a keen sense of the perverse, Shady Dolls conjure a world of distorted images: of femininity, of history, of lullabies and legends…

An Ornery Tale takes place both on and behind the stage of the kind of Victorian Music Hall which is rarely found today, and details the plight of sisters Minnie, Ruby and Constance Hately, who found fame and notoriety upon it.


Dance

The Sunflower and Behind Closed Doors

by Lamb|da and Lo Commotion

Dates
Thursday 11 December 2008 - Saturday 13 December 2008

The Sunflower

by Lamb|da

  • Choreographer: Clare Thurman
  • Poet: Nathan Thomas

The Sunflower is a duet between choreographer Clare Thurman and poet Nathan Thomas, weaving together fragments of intimate, personal narrative to explore what happens when two people try to communicate with each other. The piece seamlessly blends words and movement, creating a spellbinding meditation on the human conversation: absence and presence, closeness and distance, and everything in between.

Behind Closed Doors

by Lo Commotion

  • Choreographer: Jo Meredith
  • Cast: David Cameroni, Katherine Kingston, Caroline Lynn, Franscesco Mangiacasale, Jo Meredith, Ted Sikstrom

Set in the aftermath of World War Two during an engagement party, 'Behind Closed Doors' explores the relationship of two returning soldiers.

Lo Commotion's young and vibrant dancers perform this narrative work to the atmospheric and romantic music of Rachmaninoff, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern.

Post-performance discussion chaired by Sean Bruno


Press

"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."
Dance

Soft Cuts

 

Short encounters with international contemporary artists: an evening of theatre, dance, music, art and physical theatre.

Dates
Thursday 4 December 2008 - Saturday 6 December 2008

Jane Spencer – Pseudological Fantastica

by Sarah Turner

  • Choreographer: Maria Korsnes
  • Performer: Rebecca Evans

This body of work is an attempt to isolate a moment of transcendence: that fleeting moment in time at which limitation is exceeded, and instinct becomes heroic impulse.

The process of adaptation; fitting in to different conditions or developing physical and behavioural characteristics in order to survive, does over time become a repeat pattern or a constant that becomes established. If this repeat pattern or constant is exhausted, an opening for transcendence can take place.

A moment of genuine transcendence can be rare and difficult to identify, quantify, and qualify. This body of work is a way of attempting to embody this intangible fleeting moment into an appropriate form.

Oh Baby

  • Choreographer: Hagit Yakira
  • Dancers: Takeshi Matsumoto & Hagit Yakira

A duet discussing the relationship between a man and a woman who are totally manipulated and influenced by love songs, love movies, love letters and love images in art…

(photo by Julia Burstein)

In-tubed

by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre

  • Choreographer: Etta Ermini
  • Performers: Chelsea Greene, Durassie Kiangangu, Ziggy Lowe-Vidal & Elena Molinaro

Stuck together in a tunnel, four very different people decide to open up to each other under the pretence of spatial intimacy to reveal the abyss of their emotions…


Press

"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."
Theatre

Toy Boy and Living With...

by Acting Like Mad

A thought-provoking evening that questions the things we know, and the things we'd rather not know.

Dates
Tuesday 11 November 2008 - Saturday 29 November 2008
Supported by
The Spiro Ark

ACTING LIKE MAD is a young, London-based theatre company, which seeks to challenge theatrical form and content. The themes present in their productions aim to explore dramatic writing and test their audiences' perceptions of theatre. They aim to seek new ways of channelling the skill of acting.

Toy Boy

In Toy Boy we enter a world of cynics who use and abuse; and those who obey. Can real love still grow in such a dog-eat-dog world?

Living With…

Living With… tells the story of a man forced to move into a new flat with three hedonistic beings who torture him and each other. Will he be able to overcome his demons and learn to live with them, or will they beat the life out of him?


Writer / Director
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Designer
Annalisa Andriani
Cast
Emma-Rachel Blackman, Ido Gonen, Ben Kettner, Stacey Lamb, Elizabeth Pinnock, Tom Radford, Elena Rossi

Press

‘In a society where illusions often replace the essence of the human being, Toy Boy and Living With… are a challenge – they are down to earth, nitty gritty reality.’ www.dulwichonview.org.uk
Dance

Dr Samuel's Soothing Serum & (In) Formalities

by Silversmith Dance Theatre

A double-bill of new and exciting pieces of dance theatre combining innovatively expressive movement with live trumpet players - and a bunch of quirky characters!

Dates
Thursday 6 November 2008 - Saturday 8 November 2008

SILVERSMITH DANCE THEATRE produces innovative and accessible dance theatre through artistic collaborations. The company’s work focuses upon human themes and narratives of a dark comedic nature, merging different movement styles with the theatrical to create thought-provoking contemporary work.

Dr Samuel's Soothing Serum

  • Performers: Lianne Dixon, Danna Kolesarova, Chris Mead, Dusty Payne, Ianthe Wright
  • Choreography: Lorraine Smith & performers
  • Director: Lorraine Smith
  • Composer: Nico Bentley

(In) Formalities

  • Performers: Chris Mead, Dust Payne, Catherine Pinhorn, Fiona Smith
  • Choreography: Lorraine Smith & performers
  • Director: Lorraine Smith
  • Composition/Musical Direction: John Chambers

Fanfares, marches, anthems, speeches and dry coughs…

This piece explores formal events, and the aftermath of when nothing goes to plan!
Relax. Cleanse. Micro-minerals. No more wrinkles. Soothe. Transcend Mortality. Detox. Digestive transit. Refresh. Healing herbal highs. Botox. Bifidus Actiregularis. Believing is feeling. Placebo effect. Revitalise. Empty. Inside.


Lighting designer
Jason Kirk
Associate lighting designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz

Press

"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny

by Anwesha Dance Company

Dates
Wednesday 29 October 2008 - Friday 31 October 2008

Anwesha Dance Company was established to evolve new choreography from the Manipuri tradition and to bring Manipuri dance to wider notice in the UK and internationally.

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny explores the creative genius and the conflicting urges that drive an artist. Tradition, self-doubt and wavering courage rein in the artist from full expression of creativity.

Combining expressions of award-winning choreographer Anwesha's imagination - improvised from classical north-east Indian Manipuri dance - this work infuses tradition with freedom and also the heritage is moulded to modernity, the classical reinterpreted through originality. It is about the move towards self expression and thus combines music, speech, film and new physical language or new movement which is born from Manipuri classical dance, to explore all of these resonances.

This production resonates beyond the uncertainties of a person moving from a valued but traditional society into a more liberal but alien one, to talk to the self-belief and insecurities lying beneath the artistic impulse.

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny had an Edinburgh run in August 2009.


Performers
Carrie Syckelmoore, Yentl De Werdt & Anwesha Ahmed
Music Arranger
Nic Saunders
Dialogue
Asim Ahmed
Lighting designer
Jason Kirk
Theatre

First Class

Dates
Tuesday 7 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

When Michael Bates makes a routine trip to the post office, he meets Beatrice – an impossibly enthusiastic postal worker, who takes him far beyond the confines of a mail room into the universe of her imagination. Powered by her infectious lust for life, Bea leads Michael on a journey to find something he never knew he had lost.

Fusing physical theatre with comedy and music, this absurd yet oh-so-believable human tale unfolds with delightful results.

First Class had an Edinburgh run in August 2009.


Devised and performed by
Amy Nostbakken & Nir Paldi
Lighting Designer
Jules Richardson

Press

"This curious and charming fable is glorious in its playful physicality" Time Out
Gallery

Art accompanying 'First Class'

Dates
Tuesday 7 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

Total Image Nation is a photographers' network and online resource, created and maintained by photographers across the UK. The purpose of Total Image Nation is to provide information, advice, networking and opportunities for all photographers.

Theatre

Pluto

by GRIT Theatre

A new play about man's relentless struggle to define the world and beyond

Dates
Thursday 29 May 2008 - Sunday 15 June 2008

"Our heroes and our Gods, under scrutiny, have become dwarves. As if that was something they could ever be. That we could ever allow. That's why we rail against the day’s passing, struggle to get in another word or action, because tomorrow … tomorrow we may not know where we stand. Not recognise ourselves when we stop to look."

Ad astra per aspera (a rough road leads to the stars):
Inscription at Launch Complex 34 at Kennedy Space Centre where all three crew members of the first Apollo spacecraft died in 1967.


Writer
Jon Bonfiglio
Director
Emily Agnew
Lighting Designer
Esteban Nunez
Cast
Matt Addis, Samantha Hopkins, Bill Hutchens & Ruth James

Press

"If any further proof were necessary that small-scale productions have big ideas and can make them work, 'Pluto' provides it" www.londontheatre.co.uk
Theatre

Mervyn Peake and his Art

by Sebastian Peake

Date
Wednesday 4 June 2008

Photos courtesy of the Estate of Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was a writer, artist, illustrator and a former tutor at Camberwell College of Arts. Best known for his Gormenghast trilogy, he also wrote poetry, short stories and plays for adults and children.

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor

First published in 1939, Mervyn Peake’s pirate yarn has recently been re-issued, giving a new generation the chance to read about the exploits of Captain Slaughterboard and his crazy crew - Billy Bottle, Jonas Joints, Timothy Twitch, Peter Poop and Charlie Choke.

Mervyn Peake: an illustrated talk

Presented by Sebastian Peake

Inspired by his father’s incredible collection of paintings, photographs and letters, Sebastian Peake provides an exclusive insight into one of the most creative minds of the 20th Century.

Part of Camberwell Arts Festival 2008


Theatre

Out of Chaos

Winner: Best Production at the International Act Festival, Bilbao 2008 Winner: Audience Prize at 100° International Theatre Festival, Berlin 2008

Dates
Tuesday 20 May 2008 - Saturday 24 May 2008

Out of Chaos re-imagines the tragic chorus and incorporates live music, clowning and physical theatre in a devised piece that draws on the international origins of the actors.

In the beginning, there was chaos. Then the Gods took that chaos and gave it an order. They made the world and some animals and everything went pretty well. But one day Prometheus made a new beast, and he raised it up onto two feet so it could look at the heavens. And that's when things started to kick off. Gods and mortals, parents and sons, sisters, lovers and strangers on the Tube come head-to-head in a playful blend of Ancient Greek mythology and modern true stories, exploring the ways in which people fight and rage.

Out of Chaos had an Edinburgh run in August 2008

Winner:
Best Production at the International Act Festival, Bilbao 2008

Winner:
Audience Prize at 100° International Theatre Festival, Berlin 2008


Theatre

Hide & Seek

by Temple Theatre

Dates
Tuesday 29 April 2008 - Saturday 17 May 2008

Set in the aftermath of environmental devastation, a woman scavenges amongst the ruins of the world she once knew. She discovers a baby and the things that matter the most become obvious as a result of the discovery.

Is she still looking for hope?
Can she find it?
And more importantly -
will she recognise it?

Using movement, puppets and original music, this is a tragi-comic tale of hope and humanity in the most desperate of circumstances.


Director
Tal Jakubowiczova
Set designers
Lauren Smith & Kiera Blakey
Lighting Designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz
Costume Designer
Tomasin Cuthbert
Composer
Hutch Demouilpied
Cast
David Ford, Ariana Lebron & Dominic Leeder
Theatre

Euripides' Hippolytus

by Revolving Doors Theatre

Dates
Tuesday 8 April 2008 - Saturday 26 April 2008

A dynamic drama with strong, contemporary issues regarding faith, family and taboo, explored using wonderfully rich characters involved in a complex human story.

Queen Phaedra lies sick with incestuous love for her stepson Hippolytus. Told of her passion by her faithful nurse, Hippolytus rejects her. Pride, shame, lust, revenge, honour and love interweave culminating in a progressively sharp web of lies and unspoken truths that result only in death and tragedy.

Utilising the rhythm, images and language of the text to layer the play with rich movement, music and song, this new version draws out the elements of ritual and ceremony that are inherent in Euripides’s text and structure.


Adapted & directed by
Aaron Paterson
Designer
Talulah Mason
Lighting Designer
Jason Kirk
Cast
Dimitris Christopoulos, Daniel Curshen, Shakti Edwards, Bodelle de Ronde, James Sutherland, Rachel Webster, Sarit Wilson Chen, Jackson Wright & Roxani Zogana

Press

‘This fast paced, imaginative piece of ensemble theatre leaves little to be desired and should not be missed by anyone.’ www.extraextra.org
Dance

Springheeled 2008

 

Three evenings of dance & multimedia works that engage, entertain & inspire.

Dates
Thursday 3 April 2008 - Saturday 5 April 2008
Supported by
Arts Council England

  • Riccardo Meneghini 'Carry on Tripping'
  • Etta Ermini Dance Theatre 'Fixed Wheel'
  • Evolving Motion, Cathy Seago 'Vanishing Point'
  • Hagit Yakira 'Leah'

Press

"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."