Stan Will Dance in October

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Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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swd.pngIf you like your dance mixed with abusive language, sex, violence and a hefty dose of social commentary then Siobhan Davies Dance Company is probably not your kind of thing!

Stan Won't Dance however is probably right up your shady alleyway of debauchery and self abuse. The company, fronted by ex DV8 pair Liam Steel(e) and Robert Tannion, isn't shy about being the Quentin Tarantino of the dance world. Expletives punctuate the company's work like litter in a London street along with numerous suxual references and......... you get the picture!

It's a shame because the dance and music styling is usually top-notch but somebody forgot to tell them that 'abrasive' dialogue, as it is referred to in the promo material, is so 1990's and you should really think about knocking it off already.

We're no prudes here in TheLab™ but the social commentary in both SWD's and DV8's work comes across as ham fisted most of the time and the language just makes you cringe. The actual effect it is supposed to have is not entirely clear.

Of their up and coming new work 'Revelations' the company say;

"[examines] the world of punishment in all its guises – physical, sexual, emotional and mental. Taking as its starting point the book of Revelations and epic biblical notions of retribution, seven performers inhabit a world where marauding angels feed on the secrets and guilt of an unassuming couple. Ravenous for retribution they manipulate bodies, hearts and minds via acerbic text and daredevil aerial choreography..."

The piece debuts at the Laban Theatre on October 12th and 13th in London before taking off on a national tour. If you can get past the language and the sex references some sound physical theatre should be yours to enjoy. Now, if someone could just whack Tarantino on the head with a shovel that would be sweet!

[ Company Website ]

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