Spring Season at The Place

31 Dec 2017

ANNOUNCING THE SPRING SEASON AT THE PLACE

The Place, home to London’s boldest dance theatre, announces its spring programme. Some of the most innovative British and international dance artists take to the stage in a season which features new commissions, festivals, artist talks, family events and projects with pioneering organisations including the Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and London Contemporary Dance School. This season also sees the launch of Spectator School Socials a new programme bringing people together to explore and experience dance theatre.

Highlights of the season include:                                                                                                             

Lost Dog’s Juliet & Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage (14-24 Feb at Battersea Arts Centre and 27 Feb-3 Mar at The Place) imagine if Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers hadn’t died and were now in the throes of middle age and couples therapy. 

TUNE-D IN Festival (4-7 Apr) is the culmination of a seven month project featuring young people aged 13-19 with shared passion for creating music and dance. There are public workshops, classes and a performance on Sat 7 Apr.

Forecast (6-7 Mar) is a brand new solo by Amy Bell exploring the shifting landscapes of the gendered body.

Family shows: (13-14 Apr) Rustle by Räserbyrån is an interactive performance for children aged 6 months – 2 years and Ballroom by Chiara Frigo (14 Apr) is an inter-generational collective live dance experience for ages 7+.  

Nikki & JD perform Knot (17-18 Apr) as part of Roundhouse CircusFest 2018, stunning acrobatics and a tale about the bonds between partners. 

Artist/Company

Title

Dates

Press nights/views

Various (81 companies)

Resolution

12 Jan- 23 Feb 2

Fri 12 Jan, 8pm  

London Contemporary Dance School: with Rick Nodine, XinXin Song, Rafael Bonachela, Wayne Parsons, Sebastian Kapps

Undergraduate performance

*Premieres

 

Fri 9 & Sat 10 Feb

Fri 9, 7.30pm

Lost Dog

Juliet & Romeo *Premiere

14-24 Feb (Battersea Arts Centre)

27 Feb-3 Mar (The Place)

Wed 14 Feb @ Battersea Arts Centre, 7.30pm

 

Amy Bell

Forecast

*Premiere

6-7 Mar

Tue 6 Mar, 8pm

Tilted Productions

Constructions of Thin Air

9-10 Mar

Fri 9 Mar, 7.30pm

London Contemporary Dance School: with Stephanie Handjiiska, Edge.

Postgraduate

Choreography & Performance

*Premieres

20-21 Mar

Tue 20 Mar, 7.30pm  

London Contemporary Dance School: with Sasha Roubicek, Rick Nodine, Richard Alston, Vicki Igbokwe

Undergraduate Performance

*Premieres

27-28 Mar

Tue 27 Mar, 7.30pm

Various artists

 

TUNE-D IN Festival *Premieres

3-7 Apr

Sat 7 Apr, 7pm

 

Family: Räserbyrån

Rustle

13-14 Apr

Fri 13 Apr, 12.30pm

Family: Chiara Frigo

Ballroom

14 Apr

Sat 14 Apr, 7.30pm

Nikki & JD (Part of Roundhouse CircusFest 2018)

Knot

17-18 Apr

Tue 17 Apr, 8pm

Uchenna Dance

Headwrap Diaries

20 Apr

Fri 20 Apr, 8pm

Double-bill: James Finnemore | Alleyne Dance

Terra* | A Night’s Game

*Premiere

24 Apr

Tue 24 Apr, 8pm

Wayne Parsons

Vestige | Meeting

28 Apr

Sat 28 Apr, 8pm

Listings information

Artist/Company: Mixed bill of companies
Title: Resolution
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: 12 Feb – 23 Feb
Time: 8pm  
Price: £16 (£12 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100  

Each night a triple bill of original works by emerging artists take to the stage as part of Resolution, The Place’s renowned festival of short live dance and performance. The eclectic mix of movement styles, from contemporary to hip hop and South Asian to circus, combined with the myriad of themes explored means that no two nights are ever the same in this unpredictable and exciting discovery of new dance.

Artist/Company: London Contemporary Dance School
Title:
London Contemporary Dance School: Undergraduates in performance
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Fri 9 & Sat 10 Feb 
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £15 (£10 concessions, £7.50 students)  
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Exceptional performance skills are put to work by imaginative choreography in this compelling evening of dance. Commissioned artist Rick Nodine and postgraduate choreography student Xinxin Song present new work, alongside a restaging of Rafael Bonachela’s 2 One Another by former Sydney Dance Company member and London Contemporary Dance School alumni, Wayne Parsons. Completing the programme is choreography by undergraduate student Sebastien Kapps.

Artist/Company: Lost Dog
Title:
Juliet and Romeo – A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Tue 27 Feb – Sat 3 Mar
Time: 8pm             
Price: £18 (£12.50 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Imagine if star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet hadn’t died and were now in the throes of middle age and couples therapy. Built on the foundations of Shakespeare’s teenage love story this is a 21st century reimagining of the relationship. A humorous and heartfelt investigation into love, loss and longevity. Co-presented by The Place and Battersea Arts Centre the show opens at Battersea Arts Centre (Wed 14 Feb) before transferring to The Place (Tue 27 Feb).

Events: Parent and baby matinee on Thu 1 Mar, 11am. A relaxed performance in the morning suitable for parents to attend with babies under 12 months. Post-show Q&A with the artists (Tue 27 Feb), The Place Late (Fri 2 Mar) Start the weekend with live music in the bar after the show until midnight.

Artist/Company: Spectator School Sessions
Title:
Spectator School Sessions
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Wed 21 Feb, Wed 28 Feb, Wed 7 Mar
Time: 7pm-9pm, Wed 7 Mar 7-9.30pm
Price: £30* (*includes 3 sessions and a ticket to Amy Bell’s The Forecast on Wed 7 Mar)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100
Are you curious about dance? Join this friendly short course to meet other people and explore ways of watching and talking about dance together. Space is limited so booking is essential. Age guidance 18+.

Artist/Company: Amy Bell
Title:
The Forecast
Date: Tue 6 & Wed 7 Mar
Time: 8pm
Price: £17 (£13 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

What happens when opposing fronts sweep across the shifting landscape of the gendered body? Amy Bell dances and talks her way through this witty, dream-like solo performance, trying to read a forecast in constant flux, all the while hoping her umbrella doesn’t get turned inside out. Contains nudity.

Events: Post-show Q&A with Amy Bell (Tue 6 Mar).

Artist/Company: Tilted Productions
Title:
Constructions of Thin Air
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Fri 9 & Sat 10 Mar
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £17 (£12 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100
One moment intimately moving, another poignantly absurd, Constructions of Thin Air exposes our desire and refusal to belong. Nine performers blend contemporary dance, physical theatre and everyday objects to transform the stage into shifting landscapes that provoke thoughts about place and identity. Age recommendation 8+

Events: Post-show Q&A with the artists (Fri 9 Mar).
Artist/Company: London Contemporary Dance School
Title:
Postgraduate Choreography and Performance
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY.
Date: Tue 20 & Wed 21 Mar
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £15, (£10 concessions, £7.50 students)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Experience experimental work by postgraduate students including new choreography by Bulgarian artist, Stephanie Handjiiska. The programme includes a preview of EDGE the postgraduate dance company of London Contemporary Dance School, performing a newly commissioned professional work from their tour.

Artist/Company: London Contemporary Dance School
Title:
Undergraduate Performances
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY.
Date: Tue 27 & Wed 28 Mar
Time: 7.30pm
Price: £15, (£10 concessions, £7.50 students)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Students will perform new works created in collaboration with Sasha Roubicek and Rick Nodine, Richard Alston’s Overdrive re-staged by former Richard Alston Dance Company member Oihana Vesga Bujan and a piece by Vicki Igbokwe

Artist/Company: Uchenna Dance
Title:
Shape It
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Fri 23 Mar
Time: 1pm & 6.30pm
Price: £5
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Do you know a young person with a curios mind? Come along for a sneak peek of Uchenna Dance’s ideas for a new take on the traditional tale. In this imaginative version Hansel and Gretel are superheroes who take you into a strange and colourful world, outwitting the adults along the way. Created with and performed by students from London Contemporary Dance School this is a work in progress. We would like to hear what you thought about it after the performance to help shape this extract into a finished full-length show.

Artist/Company:
Title:
TUNE –D IN Festival            
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Wed 4 – Sat 7 Apr
Time: various see website
Price: £15 (£10 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100 

TUNE-D IN brings together youth dance companies and young musicians to create new pieces of work. Participants aged 13-19 have collaborated over seven months and received mentorship from musician Steve Blake and choreographer Lea Anderson. Drawing on their passion for diverse styles of music and dance they’ve created fresh and unique performances for an exciting evening showcase on Sat 7 Apr. Participants include young people from The Place’s senior youth dance company Shift, Youthsayers, Impact Youth, The Rhythm Studio (ft. Myla), Artistry Youth Dance Company, Rebekah Rayner and Lotus Youth Dance Company. See website for full details.

Artist/Company: Family Show: Räserbyrån
Title: Rustle
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Fri 13 Apr & Sat 14 Apr
Time: 10.30am & 12.30pm
Price: £10 adult, Free baby / child under 2 years.
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Ttwo dancers take the audience on an experiential journey into a universe of sound and movement. The babies and children are part of this interactive performance, enjoying the possibilities of exploring a world of paper where everything can be tested, tasted and crumpled! Age recommendation 6 months – 2 years

Artist/Company: Family Show: Chiara Frigo
Title: Ballroom
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Sat 14 Apr
Time: 4pm ^& 7.30pm
Price: £5
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100
Ballroom is a cross-generational collective live dance experience, where memories are sparked by the performers and pop elements and references to speed dating sit alongside the traditions of ballroom dancing. Age recommendation 7+

Artist/Company: Nikki & JD
Title: The Knot
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Tue 17 & Wed 18 Apr
Time: 8pm
Price: £17 (£13 concession)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

A chance encounter between two acrobats: a frustrated lover and a jilted dreamer. Each pull on the knot - the invisible string that connects them - sometimes strong, sometimes on the verge of breaking. Beautiful acrobatics, movement and storytelling combine to explore the hopes we hold for the ideal partner in this thrilling and poignant piece. Presented by Jackson’s Lane as part of Roundhouse Circus Fest 2018.  Age recommendation 10+.

Events: Post-show Q&A with the artists (Tue 17 Apr)

Artist/Company: Uchenna Dance
Title:
Headwrap Diaries
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Fri 20 Apr
Time: 8pm
Price: £17 (£13 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

Hair – worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids - three fierce, clever and witty female characters take us through stories of community, heritage, womanhood, friendship and hair. Told through a blend of club styles house, waacking and vogue, fused with African and contemporary dance and accompanied by a commissioned soundtrack of Afro house, folk, electronic dance music, jazz and Ghana gospel. Age recommendation 5+

Events: Post-show Q&A with the artists in the Head Wrap Bar after the show (Fri 20 Apr) .

Artist/Company: Double bill: James Finnemore | Alleyne Dance Company

Title: Terra | A Night’s Game
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Tue 24 Apr
Time: 8pm
Price: £17 (£13 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

One group’s journey is complicated by unforeseen violence, forcing them to become something other than themselves. James Finnemore’s ethereal and captivating choreography punctuated with thrilling moments of athleticism conjures a world where suspicion and fear can change us in unrecognisable ways.

Inspired by a family incident, twins Kristina and Sadé Alleyne blend moments of extraordinary physicality with moments of grace and beauty to explore concepts of incarceration. As their relationship transforms through precise rhythms and gestures, the duality of their emotions becomes apparent.

Artist/Company: James Parsons
Title:
Vestige | Meetings
Venue: The Place, 17 Duke’s Rd, London, WC1H 9PY
Date: Sat 28 Apr     
Time: 8pm
Price: £17(£13 concessions)
Booking: theplace.org.uk/performances | 020 7121 1100

A sensitive and rousing double bill by James Parsons exploring themes of life and death, love and loss and how we remember it all. In Vestige three obsessive fans share their differing memories of a fictional celebrity who has died young while the touching and playful duet Meeting explores how we remember.

Events: Post-show Q&A with the artist (Sat 28 Apr).

Notes for editors:
 

  1. The Place is a creative powerhouse for dance development that is leading the way in dance training, creation and performance. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company, a 280 seat theatre, an extensive range of classes for adults and young people, and professional development programmes for artists at all stages of their careers. theplace.org.uk

 

The Place is committed to nurturing emerging artists and supporting creative risk, Resolution is a key part of the strategic programme of artist development that also includes; Choreodrome research bursaries and studio residencies, our associate artist scheme Work Place, Rural Touring, Stomping Ground outdoor commission for 2018-19, Questions and Dancers project to create work with and for young people and Surf The Wave (partner in the national project for showcasing dance).