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The Place announces alternative programme for Autumn and Spring 20/21

A blended model of live and digital dance activities will continue until April 2021

Due to the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions on audiences, artists and participants, The Place has adapted its activity to a reduced and flexible programme for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. Instead of its full live performance programme, it will offer audiences a fresh blend of live and digital experiences, curated around questions and themes which are important to us all right now.

A programme of mini weekend festivals will combine works that have been rescheduled from summer 2020, with works that urgently respond to our current situation.

In autumn two regular festivals will be reimagined & reformatted:

  • Splayed Festival – 15-18 OCT

Bold live and digital performances and provocations by subversive, unruly and experimental artists throwing conventional notions of queerness and femininity into question

  • A Festival of Korean Dance – 2 - 6 DEC

A series of specially commissioned documentary films focusing on female choreographers in Korea and K Pop music and dance, created in partnership with Korean Cultural Centre UK and KAMS.

For Spring 2021, the weekend festivals will ask big questions:

  • “How can we care for each other?” 28 - 31 January
  • “What does sensation mean now?” 18 - 21 February (in partnership with Chisenhale Dance)
  • “What does the future look like?” 11 - 14 March

Full programme details will be announced in due course.

The restrictions within which live performance can be programmed for the foreseeable future regrettably mean that Resolution, The Place’s annual festival of new choreography, will be cancelled in 2021.

Eddie Nixon Artistic Director of The Place says, ‘Whilst our building has been closed we have continued to support artists to make, reflect, dream and mourn. We have been inspired and energised by how artists have found ways to create and meet an audience online, so we wanted to give a context for these works, alongside some first live experiences in our theatre once again. Blending live and digital work in this way is an experiment for us, and we hope it will enrich our programming into the future. This is the first time for 30 years that we won’t open up our theatre in the new year to the joys and challenges of Resolution. We look forward to its return in 2022 and hope this alternative programme will throw up surprises of its own.’

Through autumn, The Place will continue its programme of online dance classes for adults and young people, which was tremendously well received over the lockdown period. Running  14 Sep – 27 Nov, this programme will allow the best possible access for the largest pool of participants, no matter their circumstances, while restrictions and anxieties  around public transport and close contact continue to exist. There will be live classes, broadcast from the studios, as well as prerecorded classes.

The Place continues to support independent artist through residencies, commissions, producing and touring new work. Students of London Contemporary Dance School, including the new cohort of 2020, will return to the studios by mid-September and will continue their studies in a blended model of live and digital learning.

More information about the theatre programme can be found here.

Information about the classes and courses can be found here.

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