Wed 11 Nov

Currency: Tony Adigun & Inua Ellams / Tabea Martin / Marco da Silva Ferreira

A festival of European contemporary dance and circus.

£16 (£12 concessions)

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Currency is an evening of talks, sharings and shows. 


In Conversation with the curators of the festival

Meet the curators and find out more about the process of presenting new European performance work. Questions welcome.

7.30pm, 9pm & 10.15pm (Founders Studio) - 20 minutes

Tony Adigun & Inua Ellams (UK)

Any Given Night

Using repetition, poetry, movement and sound, Any Given Night explores where narrative, symbolism, imagery and story intersect. It develops a new partnership between writer Inua Ellams (Black T-shirt Collection) and choreographer Tony Adigun (The Black Album), as they test out and play with the connections between them and the shows they make.

About Tony Adigun and Inua Ellams

“One of Those unforgettable experiences that remind you why you loved theatre in the first place” Eddie Nixon on Tony's work (Director of the Theatre and Artist Development at The Place)

Tony has a razor sharp eye for composition, musicality and form, which has allowed him to develop a unique dance vocabulary that has gained respect and admiration from the highest echelons of the dance industry.As a freelance choreographer Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston's Wildlife as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with Edge graduate company.

In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris.

Tony is a Work Place artist and Associate Artist at East London Dance.

Watch out for his next show Fagin's Twist touring to The Place Autumn 2016.

Born in Nigeria in 1984, Inua Ellams is an internationally touring poet, playwright, performer, graphic artist & designer. He has published three pamphlets of poetry: Candy Coated Unicorns and Converse All Stars, Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales and The Wire-Headed Heathen.

His first play The 14th Tale (a one-man show which he performed) was awarded a Fringe First at the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival and his third, Black T-Shirt Collection ran at England’s National Theatre, most recently The Spalding Suite  was at Southbank Centre. He lives and works from London, where he founded the Midnight Run, a nocturnal urban excursion.

Any Given Night is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and The Place. 

8pm (Theatre) - 50 minutes

Tabea Martin (Swiss) 


Three bodies. One field. The 100 best love songs. They long for something to happen, for some explosion. They search fiercely for love, for affection, for recognition.

Startlingly athletic and dynamic, this trio is a battlefield. Limbs tangle like tentacles, as the dancers cling to and struggle with each other.

The more they are together, the more they feel alone.

About Tabea Martin

Tabea Martin is a prolific choreographer and performer. Sociological questions occupy a central role in her work. Tabea focuses more on the creative process than the actual end result: losing one’s way, confronting the unknown, leaping hurdles, dealing with the emotions that arise, or discovering the unexpected.

Supported by Kilim Production, Gymnase CDC / Roubaix, Kaserne Basel, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Centre National de la Danse and Kanton Basel-Landschaft and the Swiss Cultural Fund UK. Tabea Martin is an Aerowaves Twenty 15 artist.

9.30pm (Theatre) - 40 minutes

Marco da Silva Ferreira (Portugal) 


Hu(r)mano creates a world of ever-shifting relationships between its four dancers. The dancers’ fluent popping exposes beauty, awkwardness, connection and alienation. Expressive depths are opened up in an otherwise abstract and bare world as we connect with the individual characters and moods of the dancers.

About Marco da Silva Ferreira

Born in 1986 in Santa Maria da Feira, Marco worked professionally since 2008. As a choreographer, he premiered his first work Nevoeiro 21 in 2012.In May 2013 Marco premiered the awarded piece of maisImaginarius 2013 Replic...eplic...eplic, a site- specific solo dance work. In June, Marco created A Ilha with Victor Hugo Pontes, in Walk&talk Azores festival. Through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault a co-creation with Mara Andrade in October 2013. In 2014, Land(e)scape, a multi-disciplinar collaboration with two other artists (plastic art and sound instalation) and he premiered Hu(r)mano.

Supported by Governo de Portugal/ Secretário de Estado da Cultura/ DGArtesDireção Geral, Materiais Diversos and Teatro Municipal de Campo Alegre. Marco de Silva Ferreira is an Aerowaves Twenty 15 artist. 






Presented in partnership by The Place and Crying Out Loud with the European Commission Representation in the UK and supported by EUNIC London with the help of Institut français du Royaume-Uni and Aerowaves. With additional support from Goethe Institut-London, Austrian Cultural Forum London, The Swiss Cultural Fund UK and The Governo de Portugal/Secretário de Estado da Cultura/ DGArtesDireção.

Times: 7.30pm - 11pm
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Currency 2015

Currency 2015

Currency is an annual festival of experimental European work that blurs the borders between dance, performance art and contemporary circus.

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