Professionals & Artist Development

DONUTS by Jamaal Burkmar

Three friends are getting ready for a night out, the music is intoxicating, they start to dance. It’s so good, they might stay a little longer…

DONUTS follows one night, separated over several years in the life of a group of friends: how music connects them, feeds their friendship and their need to dance, until it becomes almost like a collective state of trance. It’s a celebration of all the times a night in is so much better than a night out.

DONUTS explores the dynamic way real friendship evolves over time, how the friendships in classic sit-coms can make you feel more like an outsider, and the way music and dance brings people together.

Bursting with precision and soul, DONUTS is a hypnotic and playful groove along to hip-hop, funk and R&B.

DONUTS is co-produced by The Place, co-commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre and DanceXchange.

Choreographer: Jamaal Burkmar
Dancers: Maya Caroll, Iolanda Portogallo, Dorna Ashory 
Lighting: Barnaby Booth
Producer: Treacle Holasz 

Co-commissioned by The Place, DanceXchange, Warwick Arts Centre
Co-produced by The Place
Supported by 
DanceXchange, Strike A Light, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Arts Council England

About Extended Play

The company is firmly rooted in its relationship to music, in the world that music creates and the world that the dancers inhabit because of that. - BA3 Student

Extended Play is known for embracing digital culture, with their JUKEBOX Reels series, available on Instagram as well as more traditional theatre, sight specific and online performances. In 2019, Choreographer Jamaal Burkmar and Producer Treacle Holasz came together to create Extended Play, with the aim of bringing high quality dance directly from the stage to people, in a way that can adapt and inspire and instigate change. Since forming the company has presented work at Birmingham International Dance Festival, The V&A and is supported by The Place and Arts Council England.

About Jamaal Burkmar

Jamaal Burkmar is an internationally award-winning choreographer whose first creation was as a second year student at the Northern School for Contemporary Dance (NSCD) where he created a piece entitled Ocean. The piece gained critical acclaim, and was performed around the North until it became the first and only undergraduate commissioned for VERVE, the postgraduate company at NSCD. The success of this piece led to Jamaal being awarded the highly prestigious ‘New Adventures Choreography Award’. He has since been commissioned by and received support from the Dance Hub in Birmingham, Leeds Dance Partnership, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Mobius Dance, and more. Jamaal's work has a strong relationship to music and sits in many spaces, outdoor, theatrical and online. Jamaal Burkmar is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place.

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  • Creation in August-October 2021
  • Premiering at DanceXchange: 21-22 October 2021
  • The Albany, London: 1-3 November 2021
  • The Place, London: 4-5 November 2021
  • Pavilion Dance South West: 19 November 2021
  • Falmouth University: 27 November 2021
  • Further tour dates to be announced.

Available for booking