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This year 66 artists across 22 nights showcase bite-size premiere performances at London’s boldest dance theatre. Don’t miss the ultimate pick ‘n’ mix festival of live theatre!
Billy Morgan - the view from here
“The view from here” is the latest instalment of a series exploring how the poetry reading form can be stretched at the junction with dance. Bringing a queer lens to the conventions of language, the work folds erotic and lyrical fictions together into a sculptural composition. It is a poetry reading, set in motion.
Text, voice and object are stacked into fragile images. Standpoints, as ways of seeing, are revealed for their flimsiness. Antiheroes, nimbyists and lusty lovers are inhabited and abandoned with equal interest. We can sense a world in the making – sensual, strange, often unpleasant, but it always resists a name.
Joel O'Donoghue - Gut
Gut is an investigation into the connection between the brain and gut, particularly how the digestive system reacts to trauma. The work is set both onboard the Diamond Princess cruiseship (whose passengers were quarantined onboard for 3 weeks during the pandemic), and within the gut itself. This highly physical and theatrical work flits between literal interpretation and abstract images. In mood it is both darkly humorous, and (if you'll pardon the pun) gut-wrenchingly sad.
It’s been years since I’ve been to a dance performance. So moving and beautiful. I felt it in my gut and heart. I’m so glad to be here this evening. I cannot wait to see more of Joel’s work."
Age Restrictionn: Suitable for all ages
Supported by: Arts Council England, Blast Theory, Poplar Union, Studio Wayne McGregor, Ballet Boyz, Smikle Dance Studio, and Tripspace.
Sam Burkett Dance - You're Alright
When is she coming back? How could your best mate leave you with her new girlfriend? You literally just met them, and now you’re supposed to entertain them? You better hope that awkward chat isn’t deadly. Set to a soundtrack of early grunge and electronic music, You’re Alright blends dance, comedy, and a splash of physical theatre to take you through the good, the bad, and the cringe of realising new things about old friends. Come for the casual messiness, stay for the queer nonsense.
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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Billy morgan (b. London) works across text, performance and video. The estrangement of established frameworks -- linguistic, relational, [folk] social, territorial, erotic, algorithmic -- becomes a queer politic from which to critique dominant structures by which we live. Language, as a conveyor of meaning, power and old tongues, is never far from thought.
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Gut was created during lockdown, when Joel was quarantining with his girlfriend and dog in a studio flat overlooking the sea. During this period, he was averaging 2 hours of sleep per night due to an ongoing digestive system issue. To prevent total insanity, Joel treated the quarantine as a sort of residency, from which Gut was born. The work became an emotional outlet for him, and a chance to process some of the traumas of the previous year. Gut is now part of a trilogy of works, entitled Anatomy Park, which will tour the UK and internationally next year.
Sam Burkett Dance
Sam Burkett Dance is a UK-based dance theatre company whose work runs the emotional gamut from happy to sad to hungry to gay. We create dance that is emotionally complicated, but delightfully consumable, and we believe that great dance is accessible, personal, and not boring.
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Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Resolution 2022