Mon 25 Oct

Joy Alpuerto Ritter - BABAE

VR Experience

£10 / £8 (concs)

Inspired by Mary Wigman’s Witch Dance, a "masterpiece of strangeness” as Judith Mackrell put it, Joy Alpuerto Ritter examines inherited dance vocabularies to embody her own witch character.

Bringing together her roots in Philippine folk and classical dance with movements from hip hop and voguing; she reimagines what it means to summon the power and mystical practices of a female dancer as a witch. BABAE, which means ‘woman’ in Tagalog (Philippine language), is a one-woman dialogue between the animalistic and sensual qualities of ritual and power.

Important: This show will be played through a virtual reality headset. The event will take place in The Place theatre. Click HERE to find out more.

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How to watch

This is a virtual reality performance that will take place in The Place theatre.

Please note: We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety and experience of our performers and audiences. With that in mind, we are continuing to sell at a reduced capacity with a view to increase to full capacity should the conditions allow for it. As a result, the seating layout may change between the time of your booking and the performance date, therefore seating may not be socially distanced. Please rest assured that our aim will be to operate our front of house areas and auditorium within recommendations for safety. If you have any questions please contact

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Production Credits
Choreography and performance: 
Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Music Composer: Vincenzo Lamagna
Lighting Designer: Arne Schmitt/ Joy Alpuerto Ritter
Costume: Lan Behrendt DYAO
Artistic Assistant: Lukas Steltner

This event is part of Aerowaves' Springback Ringside.

About Joy Alpuerto Ritter

Joy Alpuerto Ritter was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. In her youth she trained in ballet, jazz, Philippine and Polynesian folk dance and graduated at the Palucca School in Dresden. She started working as a contemporary freelance dancer with choreographers like Christoph Winkler, Anja Kozik, Heike Hennig and Yui Kawaguchi. For a period of time she focused in urban dance styles like hip hop, breakdance and voguing and was active in the urban dance scene in Europe. In 2011, she joined Cirque du Soleil as a dancer and aerial artist in the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.

Since 2013 she has been a dancer and rehearsal director at the Akram Khan Company and she has danced with the Wangramirez company, with which she continues touring around the world. She has been nominated as an “outstanding female dancer” for Khan’s Until the Lions by the National Dance Awards (UK).

Joy has been creating her own work since 2016 and collaborating with Lukas Steltner and the Viviana Durante Company. She has also been collaborating as an associate choreographer with Akram Khan, Chen Shi-Zheng, the Indie rock band Florence and the machine, as well as creating performances for the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Dance Arts Faculty Rome (DAF) and Beijing Dance Academy.

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Artists presented in the framework of Aerowaves, Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union

Times: 7pm & 9pm
Duration: 40 mins
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Autumn Season 2021

Performance Dates

Autumn Season 2021

We're delighted to announce a fantastic programme of live performances as well as opportunities to engage with dance online.

Springback Ringside

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