As the national lockdown continues for a yet undetermined time and social distancing measures are keeping us apart, The Place is reaching across the distance to offer audiences a new online programme of dance performances they can enjoy at home.
Launching on 30 April, The Place will stream one full length dance show every Thursday at 7pm on the organisation’s website for the next six weeks.
Eddie Nixon, Artistic Director of The Place says:
“Dance has an amazing power to uplift and to connect, and our work at The Place is to bring people from around the world together through dance. We can’t do that physically at the moment but streaming some of our most exciting dance performances of the past few years will allows us to reach across the distance and give people who enjoy dance the chance to still feel connected with their artform, their peers and the wider dance community.”
Opening the programme on 30 April is the Korean dance company Modern Table with their performance Sok-do (Velocity). In this piece, performed at The Place during 2019’s annual Festival of Korean Dance, the company of eight virtuoso male dancers, led by choreographer Kim Jae-Duk, combine traditional Korean dance with contemporary movement and hip hop, to the sound of live Ajaeng music – a traditional Korean string instrument. With fluid movements, gymnastic style and an intense amount of strength, the dancers display an extraordinary physical prowess propelled by velocity.
“Modern Table makes a strong statement with Sok-do (Velocity) as a noteworthy triumph by cutting-edge artists who stand out as creative trendsetters in the contemporary dance arena.” The Upcoming ★★★★
The following week, 7 May, Luca Silvestrini’s multi-award-winning company Protein will present their thought-provoking yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. Border Tales, following a phenomenal run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 to sold-out audiences, looks at Brexit Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking about migrant outsiders and bigoted homelanders.
“Funny, thought-provoking and consistently entertaining, Border Tales celebrates our differences, acknowledges our sameness and does more to repair the rifts than politics ever could.” The Scotsman ★★★★★
The digital programme will continue with screenings of dance made for film from this year’s edition of The Place’s pioneering Screendance Festival Frame Rush and other performances, to be announced.
All screenings are framed by a short introduction from the artist, and audiences will have the opportunity to donate to support The Place and the featured artists during this difficult time.
More information about the online programme can be found on theplace.org.uk/online