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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!
Nadenh Poan - REFLECTIONS
REFLECTIONS is a contemporary dance duet inspired by memories of a young disabled child living on a boat in the jungle in Cambodia. It explores identity, floating between memories of the past and now living in the UK. Extracts of traditional Cambodian music combined with live music performed on stage, drives the piece towards a climatic finish. This is contrasted with a score of jungle and water inspired sounds. The atmosphere is calm and reflective, spiralling into fast, fluid movement and rhythm, with a more forceful, driving feeling, pulling the audience in.
‘Dynamic and intuitive, this duet contemplates dual identities, reflecting peace and wildness through contrasting rhythms and spirited interactions. Adding to the layers of experience, live music played on-stage by the choreographer creates an immediacy that ties audience, dancers and creator through sound, memory and physical storytelling.’ - Lily Norton (they/them)
'Reflections is a strong, dynamic, detailed, delicate and fast paced piece of choreography. Encapturing you from start to end as you go on a journey of memories from Choreographer Nadenh Poan's childhood in Cambodia.' - Cherie Brennan (she/her)
Choreographer: Nadenh Poan (he/him)
Dancers: Emily Lue-Fong (she/her), Christian Brinklow (he/him)
Lighting: Nadenh Poan
With thanks to The Place for the opportunity and Stopgap Dance Company for the studio space.
Karlo Company - Now & Then
This dance duet portrays two physical bodies in the expression of one person. This person will appear as they stand now and as things stood then. It takes us through a dance narrative about going through a traumatic experience and the change that came with it. The change, that has impacted this person and the navigation through life. The expressiveness of this piece stands within the recognition of no black or white, of no good or bad. It simply shows how it was before, how it is now, and what comes after.
Age Restriction: 12+
Content Warning: Sensitive content regarding the themes of mental health, emotional trauma, anxiety and depression.
Choreographer/Director: Pavlina Karlo
Dancers: Kristyna Kocianova, Agnieszka Mencel
Composer/Musician: Ciaran O'Donovan
Ester Natzijl Projects - Finding Grace
A tragi-comic tale about a self-styled guru who wants to lead humanity to salvation. Via dance, text & puppetry they prove that ‘Grace’ is hidden in the example of the marionette. Drawing on extensive research and interviews with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, the project is a secular exploration of what the concept of 'Grace' means. The amazing soundtrack of Gary Shepherd (DJ Streamer ) interweaves extracts of the voices of the interviewees. Inspired by the essay ‘On the Marionette Theatre’ (1810) by Heinrich Von Kleist.
It's a sensitive and beautiful dismantling of the hubris of humanity, leading to a stunning climax. - audience member
This is a developing piece, rich in philosophy, in humour, bold and in the disturbing unknown. I came away wondering, and wondering is a fine gift. Ester brings her marionette to thrilling life. (Ester is one of the few dance-theatre performers who moves with her puppets, joins with them, is even on occasions led by them.) - Paul Levy, Fringe Review
Age Restriction: 16+
Concept, Text, Choreography and Performance: Ester Natzijl
Text Assistance, Production: Matt Rudkin Composer
Composer/Musical Advice: Gary Shepherd
Artistic support: Rachel Blackman
Marionette: Jan Zalud
Early stage mentoring: Charlotte Vincent
Photos and videography: Rosie Hadridge-Powell
Lighting Design: Evan James Hendtlass
Dramaturg: Lou Cope
Marionette advice: Ronnie Le Drew
Costume: Gladrags Community Costume Resource Charity
Supported by: Arts Council England, Dutch Embassy in the United Kingdom, Vincent DanceTheatre and South East Dance With huge thanks for the all-round support from Julian Caddy
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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Nadenh Poan, contemporary wheelchair dance artist and choreographer, Vocational Training Program graduate Epic Arts Cambodia 2010, SG2 apprenticeship graduate Stopgap Dance Company 2016 Emily Lue-Fong, Dancer, BA Graduate LCDS 2021, current Stopgap Dance Company apprentice Christian Brinklow, Dancer, BPA and PGDip, Verve, NSCD graduate 2013, current Stopgap Dance Artist
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Pavlina and Ciaran met during their undergraduate degree, where they formed an artistic partnership through music and dance collaboration. Pavlina went on to study for her MA at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she met fellow migrant dance artists, Kristyna and Agnieszka. Having found commonality in their experiences as international artists, they went on to collaborate on projects associated with mental health through the multi-media expressionist forms.
Ester Natzijl Projects
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Resolution 2022