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Motionhouse In Rehearsal

Thursday, 19 July, 2018 |

This year Motionhouse are 30 years old and that anniversary has brought with it a move into a brand new rehearsal space, the likes of which probably doesn't exists anywhere else in the world.

More often than not the company is creating and rehearsing several productions simultaneously and their previous rehearsal space at an industrial unit in Leamington Spa was, to be blunt, horrible. Then along came a high-end furniture production company called Vitsœ and changed all of that for the better and a new chapter was born.

The company tell us this much about their new space;

"The co-habitation was conceived by Vitsœ and Motionhouse to create a vibrant and like-minded working community. Vitsœ has a long history of collaborating with artists, designers and educational institutions. Motionhouse was a natural fit, both for reasons of compatible culture and its close integration to the local community.
Vitsœ's naturally lit and ventilated furniture-production building spanning 135 metres in length, 25 metres in width and 6 metres in height, lends itself beautifully as a rehearsal space for Motionhouse."

Motionhouse don't work in a separate building or room within the facility, it's just one giant room with a dance company working and rehearsing right in the middle of it, and it works!

For our feature we spoke with the company dancers and company AD Kevin Finnan about the work they are currently creating and their unusual new working space.

Company dancers: Chris Knight, Martina Knight, Daniel Masseralla, Beth Pattinson, Alasdair Stewart, Naomi Tadevossian, Aaron Watkinson, Rebecca Williams and Junior Cunningham.

Filmed at Vitsœ in Leamington Spa on June 29th 2018.

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Published Thu, 19 Jul, 2018 at 09:54 | Share on Facebook |

Humanhood 'Zero'

Thursday, 21 June, 2018 |

Humanhood are comprised of Co-Artistic Directors Júlia Robert and Rudi Cole and their duet 'Zero', a collaborative effort with musicians, sound designers and lighting designers has been touring for almost 18 months now.

'Zero' is an audacious work that includes a 5 minute blackout mid piece so the audience can experience the surround sound audio design with absolutely no distractions.

The company say this much about the work;

"Zero is a duet performed with stunning physicality and flowing choreography that takes the audience on a mesmerising journey. Humanhood is a company to watch out for - one of the rising stars of contemporary dance.
A visually and sonically mesmerising performance of immersive sound, hypnotising lights and virtuoso movement where the two dancers entangle through a ritualistic journey. Experience a spiritual dance and be transported into a dream-like world of imagination and beauty."

'Zero' is performed by Rudi Cole and Júlia Robert with Sound Design & Composition by Iain Armstrong, Lighting Design by Horne Horneman, Costumes by Mark Howard and music from Gyda Valtysdottir (cello & voice), Alex Forster,Xhosa Cole, Azizi Cole and Shahza Ismaily

Filmed at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne on April 28, 2018

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Published Thu, 21 Jun, 2018 at 02:15 | Share on Facebook |

Phil Sanger 'For Only An Hour'

Tuesday, 8 May, 2018 |

Phil Sanger is a professional dancer and choreographer with more than 10 years in the trenches working this business we call show. A former dancer with Phoenix Dance Theatre, he is now working within a collective called Sardoville with former Phoenix band mates Azzura Ardovini and Josh Wille.

For this solo, 'For Only An Hour', created by Mr Sanger, he tells us this much;

For Only An Hour is a manifesto about what we want to be when we grow up. It addresses the limitations placed on us in youth in terms of gender, conformity and specialism. We are encouraged to specialise and succeed at one thing but here we look at what it means to want to succeed at multiple things and what it means to be allowed to dream.
It also highlights the need for more visibility of LGBTQ+ art and aims to bring together audiences from both within and without LGBTQ+ communities through public engagement activities that inform and educate the general public about the world of queer art.

The work will be on tour later in the year so for now you can watch our feature and learn all about it an check the company website for further touring information as and when it comes up.

Filmed at Dance City on April 19th, 2018.

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Published Tue, 8 May, 2018 at 01:09 | Share on Facebook |

CCN - Ballet de Lorraine 'Unknown Pleasures'

Thursday, 5 April, 2018 |

Often time folks in the wide world of dance get hung up on the names of dance makers. Choreographer A make this or that work so it must be awesome or it must be terrible, depending on your personal point of view.

Ballet de Lorraine, from France and their AD Petter Jacobsson are looking to change that approach by commissioning and touring 'Unknown Pleasures' a programme that consists of five dance works and nobody outside of the company has any idea who created the pieces. So, we can't tell you the names of the dance makers or the pieces or the composers, just the names of the dancers.

Ballet de Lorraine say this much about the works;

The project invites five established choreographers to create a 12 - 15 minute piece without the customary "signing" of it... The distinctive, yet unidentified creations are specially commissioned for the evening by the co-producing partners, who are under the strict agreement that these works are to be presented anonymously. The idea is to offer artists the opportunity to create a work with a large group of dancers from the Centre Choregraphique National - Ballet de Lorraine, free from reputation or historical baggage.
Do we recognize a choreographer's work without their name? What is their movement signature? How does their signing a piece change the experience for an audience? When we have certain expectations of a choreographer's work the performance experience is often absorbed and valued in reference to their past, or even the genre of dance they have been placed in. With this labelling, a choreographer's liberty of creation can become fixed, and their evolution fashioned.
In Unknown Pleasures, the choreographic object is put in focus over the power of the recognizable artist. Authorship is abandoned to leave an empty canvas that allows an artist the possibility to return to a moment in a creative process before an identifiable aesthetic was established.

'Unknown Pleasures' is performed by Jonathan Archambault, Amandine Biancherin, Agnès Boulanger, Alexis Bourbeau, Tom Caley, Pauline Colemard, Justin Cumine, Giuseppe Dagostino, Charles Dalerci, Inès Depauw, Nathan Gracia, Tristan Ihne, Petter Jacobsson, Laure Lescoffy, Valérie Ly-Cuong, Jean-Baptiste Plumeau, Elsa Raymond, Elisa Ribes, Ligia Saldanha, Willem Sas, Céline Schoefs and Luc Verbitzky.

Check out eh company's website for more details and touring information.

Filmed at Oslo Opera House on October 18th 2017.

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Published Thu, 5 Apr, 2018 at 01:11 | Share on Facebook |

Möbius Dance

Thursday, 29 March, 2018 |

Möbius Dance is the brainchild of former Verve AD Gianluca Vincentini. It's a company created to provide opportunities and support to dance artists based in the North of England and, in this instance, to provide a platform for female dance makers.

The company is currently presenting 'Iconic' from Valentina Golfieri and 'We've Got It Coming' from Susanne Thomas. Möbius Dance say this much about their work;

"Founded by Artistic Director Gianluca Vincentini, Möbius Dance arose out of the need to establish a company that supports artists both creatively and practically, seeking opportunities that put the Dance art form at the centre of its activities, production and outreach.
Möbius Dance is a company in motion. We endeavour to partake in the development, creation and nurturing of the contemporary dance scene internationally. We offer spaces to learn, discover and rediscover, be challenged and be moved.
We highly value the productivity and inclusivity of collaborative working practices. We work with artists that have an inquiring eye for humanities current condition, who can create a nuanced yet dextrous physical language.
The audience is vital and their interpretation and opinion is recognised as if they are part of the company's extended family. So, whether you have already experienced our work or you are someone who has yet to find out more, come and participate - we would like to think that there is a place for you here with us."

The work is performed by Stefania Pinato, Ana Fernández Melero and Tom Davis Dunn and you can check out future performance dates on the company's website.

Filmed at Kalasangam Arts Centre, Bradford, March 15 , 2018

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Published Thu, 29 Mar, 2018 at 01:45 | Share on Facebook |

Verve 2018

Thursday, 8 March, 2018 |

Thanks to our inability, here in TheLab™, to read a calendar we missed Verve 2017 but we're back with the latest year for the post-graduate company from Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds.

This time out the company of 14 dancers are touring works by company AD Matthew Robinson with 'Neversink', Lenka Vagnerová with 'Riders, 'Wolf' from Hannes Langolf and 'Nobody 'Cept you' from Sita Ostheimer.

NSCD say this much about Verve;

"Each year VERVE commissions choreographers from all over the world to create a distinct, engaging, and thought-provoking programme of work. The company works with established and emerging choreographers, offering dancers and audiences an appreciation of the breadth of what is happening in dance. Choreographers who have worked with the company include, Akram Khan, Gemma Nixon and Jonathan Goddard, Ben Wright, James Wilton, Ben Duke, Kerry Nicholls, Anton Lachky, James Cousins, Luca Silvestrini, and Lea Anderson."

Verve 2018 are Alethia Antonia, Theo Arran, Maria Elena Bolelli, Anders Engebretsen, Josh Gill, Fern Grimbley, Katy Hewison, Daisy Howell, Sharol Mackenzie, Ricardo Pereira, Ruby Portus, Michele Scappa, Maggie Vannucci and Meizhi Wang.

The company will be on tour until June, check their website for further details.

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Published Thu, 8 Mar, 2018 at 12:03 | Share on Facebook |

Panta Rei Danseteater 'Make Me Dance' Behind The Scenes

Thursday, 22 February, 2018 |

Late last year (2017) Article19 was commisioned by Panta Rei Danseteater in Norway to make a behind the scenes video of their latest touring work 'Make Me Dance'. Performed as part of the company's Tilt project the work was performed 140 times to a collective audience of 10,000 people and featured a completely portable stage for the audience and the performers.

The company say this much about the piece;

Make Me Dance is a choreographed concert. Through movement, sound and text three dancers and one musician look at why they have become professional artists. Make Me Dance is a performance about the choices we make and the small, yet universal stories that shape us as human beings.
Make Me Dance is an energizing performance that suits a cross generational audience. It is a performance that inspire and leave you nostalgic. The movement vocabulary and text are results of discussions between the performers and the creative team. Discussions based on stories that are shaped through memories of how it all started, how the need to dance became the key to the future and the source of challenges and success.

The work will be on tour again this year but mostly in Norway. 'Make Me Dance' is performed by Julie Drønen Ekornes, Nora Martine Svenning, Jens Jeffry Trinidad and Jon Filip Fahlstrøm with choreography by Anne Ekens and Pia Holden and live music from Marcus Amadeus.

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Published Thu, 22 Feb, 2018 at 12:57 | Share on Facebook |

Joan Clevillé Dance 'The North'

Thursday, 18 January, 2018 |

Last time out we brought you the eccentric 'Plan B For Utopia', the opening bow from Dundee based dance maker Joan Clevillé and his self-titled company and now they are back with a new work that is equally eclectic as the first; 'The North'.

The company say this much about the piece;

It's a place we all know, but we have never been... A forest, a desert of ice. The land of ancient gods, wild animals and strange creatures. The home of the Terrible and the Sublime...
In this new work co-commissioned by Tramway (Glasgow) and The Place (London), choreographer Joan Clevillé explores our fascination with the idea of North: the landscape, the light, the creatures that inhabit it, but also the people, the dark humour, the silence...
Blending elements from dance, physical and object theatre, The North is the bleak yet whimsical story of a young man's journey in search for meaning in an unpredictable environment. A place with its own sense of time and space, where being lost is the norm, and letting go the only way to survive...

We talk to the company AD about the piece, making the piece and surviving Brexit, should it ever actually happen.

'The North' is performed by Eve Ganneau, John Kendall and Solène Weinachter and is written and directed by Joan Clevillé.

Filmed at The Riley Theatre in Leeds on October 10th 2017.

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Published Thu, 18 Jan, 2018 at 01:32 | Share on Facebook |

Vanessa Cook Dance 'Creature'

Tuesday, 5 December, 2017 |

In a much-delayed feature, we bring you Vanessa Cook Dance and their work 'Creature' performed for over a month at this years Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a feat that requires nerves of steel from even the most hardened of performers.

'Creature' is a mix of aerial and more traditional contemporary dance and was adapted from a much larger, site-specific work. Ms. Cook is a British dance maker but the company is based in Bern, Switzerland.

The company tell us this much about the piece;

"CREATURE weaves aerial and powerfully grounded contemporary dance in a new work of compelling and visceral dance theatre. Vanessa Cook's latest show explores the balance between flying, falling, succeeding and failing - between human creatures. Moving seamlessly between the realms of air and earth, CREATURE is raw, energetic, visually stunning and always surprising."

At present, there are no further touring dates planned but keep an eye on the company website for details.

'Creature' is performed by Michał Czyż, Dariusz Seweryn Nowak, Alessandra Ruggeri, Tobias Spori and Vanessa Cook.

Filmed at C Venues, Edinburgh on August 23rd, 2017.

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Published Tue, 5 Dec, 2017 at 12:57 | Share on Facebook |

Motionhouse 'Charge' In Rehearsal

Tuesday, 3 October, 2017 |

Motionhouse are a company of more than 30 years standing and for 2017 they are delivering a massive electric shock to the system with their brand new work 'Charge' (I see what you did there! Ed!)

For this video we went behind the scenes for the day to film some rehearsals and speak with Kevin Finnan, the company's AD.

Motionhouse say this much about the work;

From the electrical charge that sparks human life, to the beating of our hearts and the memories we make, six performers use dance and acrobatics to delve deep into the human body, tracing the incredible story of energy in our lives.
Digital projections create a world on stage where dancers and images interact seamlessly, bringing to life stories of energy in our own bodies and humans as energy manipulators. In an exciting fusion of art and science, Motionhouse has worked with partners from the University of Oxford on the role of electricity in the human body to inspire the show.
Charge is the third element of Kevin Finnan's 'Earth Trilogy', developing on themes explored in Scattered (2009) and Broken (2013) about our relationship with water and the Earth.

'Charge' will premiere on October 4th at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry with national and international touring for a very long time after that. So check the company websites for ongoing details.

The work is performed by Junior Cunningham, Chris Knight, Martina Knight, Daniel Massarella, Luka Owen, Naomi Tadevossian, Rebecca Williams and Alisdair Stewart. Music by Sophy Smith and Tim Dickinson, used by kind permission of Motionhouse.

Filmed at Motionhouse Rehearsal Space, Leamington Spa on September 14th 2017.

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Published Tue, 3 Oct, 2017 at 01:37 | Share on Facebook |

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