Fri 21 Nov to Sat 22 Nov

James Cousins Company

Without Stars I There We Have Been

£15 (£12 concessions)

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Taking the themes of love, loss and friendship and adding his own unique quality, this is a rich and powerful evening of dance. In the space of a few years, James has become one of the leading choreographers of his generation.

Balanced on the edge of a world Without Stars, his life unfolds; a complicated web of relationships... A friend gone too soon a waning love, a breath of life. He is held hostage, as he battles with his past and fights for the present.

There We Have Been, presents a daringly intimate glimpse into a secluded world of fragile dependency.

A graduate of London Contemporary Dance School, he has moved seamlessly from performing work to creating it, quickly finding himself in demand with dance companies at home and abroad. Winner of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreography Award, James’ choreography is dynamic, emotional, clever and utterly accessible.

“Intricate, beautifully danced…. Cousins is a rising star.” The Independent

“Outstanding... Visually breathtaking” The Stage

“simply beggars belief with their stamina (and) expressive artistry” The Herald

“Simply one of the most stunning contemporary dance pieces I have ever seen”

FREE activity

  • Sat 22 Nov, 6pm: pre-show talk by Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen around the themes in Murakami’s Norwegian Wood. Dr Gitte Marianne Hansen is Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the School of Modern Languages of Newcastle University. The talk will be chaired by Dr Sebastian Groes, Senior Lecturer at the Department of English & Creative Writing at Roehampton University.


About James Cousins

After early training with Kylie Appleby and Sue Llewellyn in his hometown of Newbury, James went on to train at London Contemporary Dance School, where he was awarded the Robert Cohan Award for most promising dance artist. Upon graduating in 2010, he joined the cast of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake for an international tour including a four-week run at the New York City Centre, and also appeared in the 3D film version of the show. On finishing swan lake James worked internationally as a dancer including working with Marc Brew Company, Yorke Dance Project and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui on Joe Wright's 2012 film Anna Karenina staring Keira Knightley.

As a choreographer James has been recognised by Time Out magazine as one of the future faces of dance, called ‘a rising star’ by the Independent and described by Matthew Bourne as ‘one of the UK’s most promising choreographic talents’. In 2012, he was the winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award, where his work was critically acclaimed as ‘outstanding’, ‘visually breath-taking’ and ‘spellbindingly beautiful’ at a sold out performance at Sadler’s Wells, London. After the showcase he formed James Cousins Company with producer Francesca Moseley, to act as a vehicle for creating and performing his work. The company has already toured internationally to critical acclaim and has many exciting projects in the pipeline.

As a freelance choreographer James has been commissioned to create work for companies around the world including National Ballet of Chile, Oper Graz, Royal Ballet of Flanders and Scottish Ballet. James is a Work Place artist at The Place and Associate Artist at DanceEast. He also teaches professional level class, workshops for a range of levels, and frequently works with CAT schemes, schools and youth groups across the country.

Commissioned by The Place and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, DanceEast, Re:Bourne and The Tezmae Charitable Trust.

Times: 8pm
Duration: 75 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn 2014

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