Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

Protein Dance. Border Tales

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

24 May 2015

Protein Dance. Border Tales

Yesterday’s performance of Protein’s brilliant Border Tales at Greenwich Dance. A powerful performance on identity and multicultural  living

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Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Boris Charmatz. Amandine Beyer

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

23 May 2015

Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. Boris Charmatz. Amandine Beyer

I first watched and drew Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker’s company, Rosas in 1999 performing in London’s Southbank Centre to the percussion of Steve Reich. From my drawings I made a soft ground etching, still a favourite of mine, looking at it I recall the speed of the dancers, the drumming and the spacious set.

Last night I watched Keersmaeker dance a duet with Boris Charmatz, the dancer/choreographer instrumental in filling Tate Modern with dance last weekend. They were joined by the amazing violist Amandine Beyer, Infact Beyer played alone on a dark stage for the first 30 minutes, she left as the dancers arrived to dance in silence, except not silence our heads were still filled with the earlier music, then the three performed together. Here are some of my quick pencil sketches drawn in the dark which I hope to take through to etchings.

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A beautiful enigmatic evening.

Musée de La Danse. Tate Modern

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

16 May 2015

Musée de La Danse. Tate Modern

Dancer and choreographer Boris Charmatz directed 48 hours of dance within Tate Modern. Fabulous. I delayed my Open Studio to be there today to draw

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Candoco. The Show Must Go On

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

11 March 2015

Jérôme Bel’s The Show Must Go On

Candoco Dance Company will perform Jérôme Bel‘s award winning The Show Must Go On premiering at Sadler’s Wells, 20 & 21 March. 20 performers, 19 pop songs and 1 DJ. This week I was very pleased to be in Greenwich Dance drawing rehearsals.

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Following Sadler’s Wells The Show Must Go On will tour to Nottingham and Glasgow

Who Killed Bambi? & Metropolis

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

5 March 2015

Renaud Wiser Company. Who Killed Bambi? & Metropolis

I’ve been privileged to draw at some rehearsals of Renaud Wiser‘s extraordinary dance Who Killed Bambi? The London premier will be at Greenwich Dance tomorrow evening. A few of my scribbles will be on show in the pop-up bar.

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bambi programme 4_edited-1 Performance 6th March 8.00pm at Greenwich Dance. Book tickets from Greenwich Dance

Etching – Edward Scissorhands Rehearsals

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

18 February 2015

Etching from Edward Scissorhands rehearsal drawings

I was privileged to have been at 3 Mills Studios to draw during rehearsals of New Adventures, Edward Scissorhands this 2 plate sugar-lift etching is based on one of the drawings of Edward (minus the scissors)

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Edward Scissorhands is now touring

Richard Alston Dance Company

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

27 January 2015

Richard Alston Dance Company. 20th Anniversary Performances

Sadlers Wells 26th – 27th January the Richard Alston Dance Company staged a magnificent 20th Anniversary performance. Rejoice in the  Lamb, choreographed by Artistic Director Richard Alston opened the evening, with music: Rejoice in the  Lamb, Benjamin Britain, 1943, a full choir the Montclair State University Vocal Accord sang on stage to accompany. Burning choreographed by associate choreographer Martin Lawrence followed, with music by Franz Liszt (1849).  World premier for Nomadic choreographed by Richard Alston and Ajani Johnson-Goffe with fabulous music by Shukar Collective. Martin Lawrence choreographed the final dance Madcap, 2012.

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Above and below: Nomadic

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Young Men. Balletboyz

Friday, January 16th, 2015

16 January 2015

Young Men. BalletBoyz, at Sadler’s Wells

Choreographer Ivan Perez creates a dance to commemorate the First World War with commissioned orchestral music by Keaton Henson played live and visible through the back curtain. A cast of 11 men and 2 women, the choreography is fast and sometimes frantic, rarely slowing. (Only criticism? Gloomy lighting, making drawing a struggle.)

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Just Us Dance Theatre

Saturday, December 6th, 2014

6th December 2014

Just Us Dance Theatre

New Beginnings Chapter II

Just Us Dance Theatre fuses hip-hop and contemporary dance, created by Joseph Toonga with Ricardo Da Silva and Rudeen in 2007. An inspiring evening of 10 short dance works, each with a different choreographer at Greenwich Dance.

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New Adventure’s Edward Scissorhands on Tour

Friday, November 7th, 2014

7 November 2014

New Adventure‘s production of Edward Scissorhands choreographed by Matthew Bourne opens 10 November at Theatre Royal, Plymouth running until 15 November, then touring and coming to Sadler’s Wells, London 2 December 2014 – 11 January 2015 with orchestra led by violinist Gina McCormack

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