The Place Online: Tony Adigun’s Avant Garde Dance - Fagin's Twist

Watch until Mon 15 Jun, 10pm

Please note: This performance is subtitled.
Age recommendation: 8+
Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes 

The film was commissioned by British Council and filmed during the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2017.
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“Oh! if, when we oppress and grind our fellow-creatures, we bestowed but one thought on the dark evidences of human error, which, like dense and heavy clouds, are rising, slowly it is true, but not less surely, to Heaven, to pour their after-vengeance on our heads; if we heard but one instant, in imagination, the deep testimony of the dead men's voices, which no power can stifle, and no pride shut out; where would be the injury and injustice: the suffering, misery, cruelty, and wrong: that each day's life brings with it!” -  Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Fagin's Twist Cast Reunion - Live Stream 
Thu 11 Jun, 8.45pm - 9.45pm (BST) & Mon 15 Jun, 7pm - 8pm (BST)

To celebrate this limited-time live stream opportunity, the cast will be reuniting for a live online post-show chinwag. They'll be taking questions from audience members and you'll also get behind the scenes banter from the current and past cast; all live on Facebook and Youtube.

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About Fagin's Twist

Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of a notorious and complex villain. It imagines Fagin’s youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. The streets are a place of little comfort and fairy-tale endings are hard to find in this poignant coming-of-age dance theatre.

See Dickens’ Oliver Twist in a new light as Tony Adigun’s Avant Garde Dance flips your expectations of five familiar characters, with their unmatched hip hop contemporary style.

“Fagin’s Twist, is a daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable rethink of a much loved Victorian tale.” - ★★★★ The Times, Debra Craine

“High energy, precision crafted choreography creates a dark twist on a classic tale” - ★★★★ The Stage, Rachel Elderkin

“…a confident piece of dance-theatre…” ★★★★ Evening Standard, Lyndsey Winship

Fagin’s Twist was commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, DanceEast and The Place, and co-produced by The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by ResCen Research Centre, Middlesex University.


Director/ Choreographer: Tony Adigun 
Co-Producers: The Place
Dramaturg: Adam Peck 
Text: Maxwell Golden 
Designer: Yann Seabra 
Lighting: Jackie Shemesh 
Cast: Aaron Nuttall, Dani Harris-Walters, Jemima Brown, Joshua James Smith, Sia Gbamoi @siagbamoi, Chloe Jones, Sasha Shadid, Ellis Saul
Music: Asymbiose; Ólafur Arnalds; Benji Bower; The Haxan Cloak; Corben Dallas; Fraser Freeze; Brian Hargreaves; Seymour Milton; Jay North; Valgeir Sigurðsson; Tismé; Mika Vainio
Rehearsal Director: Julie Ann Minaai
Production Manager & Re-Lighter: Ashley Bolitho
Technical Stage Manager: Huw Williams

About Avant Garde Dance Company

Avant Garde Dance Company is at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/ Contemporary Dance scene. The company was founded in 2001 and is led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun  Having gained extensive experience in the world of commercial dance, Tony set out to transform a group of hip hop dancers into a unique company that could also explore contemporary influences and create a more unusual, abstract and artistic practice. The company’s dynamic performances explore a myriad of styles, themes and media, whilst embracing different genres and forms of music, dance, literature, circus and digital work. The mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work as the company embraces a sense of individuality and uniqueness. 

Click HERE to find out more about Avant Garde Dance Company.