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Levels is a new duet from Nathan Johnston and Emily Nicholl, connecting contemporary floorwork with partner acrobatics.
Level. Meaning to be even, equable, on an even playing field, filled to a height even with the rim of a teaspoon, level headedness.
Two artists from different backgrounds and sizes come together for the first time for a new duet featuring cross discipline research from circus and dance. A playful exploration of the levels we naturally inhabit with two very contrasting bodies meeting in movement.
Nathan Johnston is a dancer, teacher and choreographer who since graduating from LCDS has performed with many companies such as Punchdrunk, Improbable, Upswing Aerial as well as choreographing his own work. Nathan currently performs in Ockham's Razor’s outdoor show ‘Belly Of The Whale’.
Emily Nicholl is a Scottish circus artist interested in creation in the places between disciplines. Emily currently performs in Ockham's Razor's award winning show 'Tipping Point' and continues to work with them on their upcoming production 'This Time'.
“A stand-out performance…by Edinburgh-based Emily Nicholl… a tremendous asset to the show with charisma and presence overflowing.”
- Broadway Baby review for Tipping Point by Ockham’s Razor, Aug 2016
Lighting Design by Topher Dagg
Photography Credit Topher Dagg
Supported by Jacksons Lane
Thanks to the LCDS for the generous studio time and to The Place for inviting us to be part of Resolution 2019.
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Traces is an abstract journey of human experience. Built through an extraordinary language of dance, 'Traces' draws from personal incidents and explores rejection, abandonment and loss. Lost in circular time, Kesha purges herself of memory and re-traces the past, finding herself without form, floating in flux.
The body persistently tries to digest incident by regenerating its appearance and invites audiences to explore a vulnerable yet deep enquiry. The work’s nomadic nature and intention to dismiss and repel formal dance structures is explored through an intensive, cathartic process of eliminating and deconstructing layers of tradition.
Kesha is a British Asian Female dancer and choreographer. Her primary training is in Kathak under her mother, Priti Raithatha and Nilima Devi M.B.E. with whom she accomplished 6 National ISTD examinations. Since 2009, Kesha has divided her time between India and the UK training in Kathak, Contemporary, Kalari Payattu, and various Indian Folk forms whilst performing under prestigious and celebrated Indian Classical and Contemporary Dance Artists. She has performed at several prestigious events such as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle and choreographed for BBC television (My Asian Family- The Musical, a major documentary commission for BBC 4 as part of the Big British Asian Summer Season).
Kesha is also part of the first cohort of The Cultural Leadership Programme initiated by Curve theatre and ACE. The key incentives are to develop the skill, competency and creativity required for the 21st Century Cultural leader. Through this she is getting leadership mentoring from Phoenix Dance Theatre's Artistic Director 'Sharon Watson' and is undergoing a secondment at Sadlers Wells.
Kesha is extremely keen to utilise her position in the arts to generate a constant flow of creativity between Artists of both countries alongside making work that is relevant or even taboo to the current social and political climate.
'It’s a self choreographed work, which is an awful phrase to describe something that is truly ground breaking.’ -
- Arts Officer DeStress Festival
Co-Produced by Curve Theatre, Initial Commision by AKADEMI and Esmée Fairbairn foundation. Supported by Arts Council England
A contemporary Geisha stands between terra firma in the abyss.
Blow with the wind, let the sea breeze sculpt shapes and the sun draw colour on her body.
She senses a deep rumble from the ocean beyond…
HSING-YA WU 吳幸亞
Born in Taiwan, Hsing Ya is an international contemporary choreographer and dancer. In 2016 she joined Ella Mesma Company and most recently performed with the company at Sadler’s Wells. Her performance experience also includes Feng Dance Theatre, Dance Forum Taipei Company, WC dance company and Appetite Dance Productions. Hsing Ya has also taken part in a Choreography Residencies at Watermill Center, Long Island in New York, The American Dance Festival and The Taipei Artist Village. Hsing Ya has a major in Choreography from the Graduate Institution of Dance Performance and Choreography of Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) in Taiwan.
"A unique movement language at the crossroads of theatre, West and East together with a punchy cultural approach”
- Residency artist, American Dance Festival, Watermill Center,Taipei Artist Village.
Composer & Musician: Stefano Ancora
Stefano is a London-based performer involved in an eclectic range of situations and music genres, both as a drummer and percussionist: live concerts, studio recordings, contemporary dance and theatre productions; from funk, soul, afro-beat, jazz and world-music to breakbeat, dance/electronic and free-impro. His main aspirations consist of exploring ways to combine different (and at times contrasting) techniques, sounds and vocabularies via the use of various set-ups. Approach then reflected in the music he aims at creating through collaborations with a diverse range of musicians and artists.
Dancer: Piedad Albarracin Seiquer
Piedad Albarracin Seiquer, Performer artist, Dance degree in ballet and contemporary technique by the Conservatorio Profesional de Murcia (Spain) in 2006 and 2009, Law degree by the University of Murcia 2011 (Spain).
Piedad won the first choreography competition Premio the Danza in 2009 and has worked with many choreographers including Benoit Maubrey on Ballerina Audio for the festival Alterarte07 as well as As Loose as Anything for the festival Manifiesta08 with Ryan Gander. Piedad has toured all over the UK, Europe and Canada with different works and companies. She’s worked with Saorin en Danza, Abundance, SQxdanza, Watkinsdance, New Movement Collective, Gobbledegook, Protein, Estela Merlos (former Rambert dancer) and Mbulelo Ndabeni (former Rambert Dancer), Darren Ellis.
Bring the ticket of 19, Feb at Resolution 2019.
Come to Ho-ja Taiwanese restaurant (Hoja Goldhawk road or Hoja putney).
You can get one free Bubble tea and 10% off discount for Yummy Food.
(Please bring your tickets to Ho-ja before 15, Mar, 2019)
Venue: at The Place