Archive for the ‘Performance’ Category

Richard Alston Dance Company

Friday, June 12th, 2015

12 June 2015

Richard Alston Dance Company. The Place

20th Anniversary Season

Opening Gambit, choreographed by Richard Alston Dance Company associate choreographer, Martin Lawrence, opened the evening. Ten dancers almost fly, they move with such speed, clarity and energy with rapid direction changes.

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Five dances follow, a highlight for me was watching brilliant Jonathan Goddard with Liam Riddick, dancing a duet choreographed by Richard AlstonMazur, set to Chopin. “A dance for two friends sharing what they love and what they feel they have lost”.

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Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Monday, May 25th, 2015

May 25 2015

Sylvie Guillem. Life in Progress

Prima Ballerina Sylvie Guillem at Sadler’s Wells takes her final bow after 39 years dancing

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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.

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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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