This event finished on: 9 June 2012
London Premiere + Post-show Q&A (Fri 8 Jun) with Dr Anna Pakes, Senior Lecturer in Dance at Roehampton University.
Colin Poole and Simon Ellis met in 2007 at an improvisation workshop. They danced, argued and became interested in working together. In 2009, they started a project called Colin, Simon & I. They thought a lot about power and how dificult it is to build trust. At the end of that project, they didn’t know if they wanted to work together again. In early 2011, they started meeting together to question what was on each other’s minds, and to rebuild their relationship.
Because We Care is about two men testing the bonds and limits of relationships. It asks what draws them together, what unites them and what forces them apart. It is a dance that challenges their commitment, a soundtrack that speaks of loss, a film touched by laughter and a stage set with objects no one should take for granted.
Colin Poole has been dancing and choreographing for the past 25 years. He worked as a dancer with many of the UK’s leading companies, including Rambert Dance Company and Phoenix Dance Theatre, before embarking as an independent artist in 1996. He has been an Associate Artist at The Place and Resident Artist at the Royal Opera House.
Simon Ellis is a Work Place Artist. A New Zealander based both in the UK and Australia, his artistic work spans live performance and dance, video, web-based work, installation and writing. He is a Reader at Roehampton Dance, where he runs a Masters by Research programme in choreography and performance. Simon was commissioned for The Place Prize in 2008 and 2010.
Commissioned by The Place.