Protein on tour with Border Tales

Border Tales, Protein’s satirical look at the messy melting pot of multicultural Britain gets a Brexit make-over for its tour this autumn.

Connecting people with dance by unpacking the foibles of everyday life, Luca Silvestrini’s Protein has a national reputation for accessibility without compromising quality. Its 2014 production Border Tales focusses on the space between “us” and “them”, as seen through the immigrant eyes of six party-goers and their British-born host, performed by an international cast of dancers. With an engaging blend of dance, dialogue and live music, the result is a funny, honest and sometimes discomforting commentary on stereotypical thinking and casual racism, portraying Britain as a place where the novelty of cultural diversity has worn off, fusion is starting to taste bland and harmonious living has become rather tricky.

02 Nov                 The Point Eastleigh
03 Nov                 Pavilion Dance South West Bournemouth
04 Nov                 House Plymouth University
08 Nov                 Mumford Theatre Cambridge
09 Nov                 Forest Arts Walsall
10 Nov                 Nottingham Lakeside Arts
11 Nov                 Curve Theatre Leicester
13-18 Nov           The Place London
21 Nov                 Arc Theatre Stockton

Border Tales is a big, brave, cacophonous attempt to show what it means to live in multicultural Britain today”  Judith Mackrell, Guardian

DancingStrong joins STDMA portfolio

Under the artistic leadership of Adesola AkinleyeDancingStrong creates performances in collaboration with galleries and museums and inspired by visual stimuli. The work is designed for small scale flexible touring.

In 2018, DancingStrong has two forty minute dance works with live music aimed at young children and their families: Found  for 4-7 year olds; and Light Steps for 2-5 year olds.  Read more.

Ladies and Gentlemen on tour

After a six year absence from the UK touring circuit, The Cholmondeleys is on the road with Lea Anderson’s critically acclaimed music-hall-inspired Ladies and Gentlemen, a witty and absorbing visual spectacle in which choreography, music (Steve Blake) and design (Tim Spooner) conjure the all but forgotten stage show of six has-been performers. Besieged by ever shifting, inscrutable and enigmatic props, Man, Woman, the Twins, Pet and the Other One present misremembered routines and hazily recollected punch-lines in a complex and tightly knit choreography of objects accompanied by sound and music they perform themselves. The result is an eccentric, surreal and often hilarious theatrical experience where regret and failure meet.

“a delightfully surreal theatrical gemGuardian

“the whole experience is both intriguing and uplifting from beginning to end.” Dance Tabs

“Lea Anderson is a one-off, in a league of her own … Take your inner child with you and you’ll love it.” Theatre Guide

23 & 24 September        Festival of Thrift Kirkleatham, Redcar (Free outdoor performances)
28-30 September           Chapter Cardiff
9 October                       Mumford Theatre Cambridge
11 October                     Jersey Opera House
18 October                     Theatre Royal Winchester
19 October                     Bath Spa Live
21 October                     De Montford University Leicester
23 October                     Exeter Phoenix
27 October                     Greenwich Dance

Last tour dates for Company Chameleon’s Witness

Company Chameleon is presenting the final dates of Witness next month.

“an intense, powerful production” (British Theatre Guide)

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2 May                DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich
18 May              Déda, Derby

“a courageous piece of work and a significant attempt to speak out on a still-taboo subject” Review Hub

Company Chameleon’s evening opens with Words Unspoken, a frenetic and at times discomforting 20 minute work originally choreographed by Chameleon’s joint artistic directors Kevin Edward Turner and Anthony Missen for La Mov Dance Company in Spain, and inspired by the secrets of cast and creatives involved in the project.

Turner’s semi-autobiographical work (also called Witness) forms the second part of the double-bill and the meat of the evening. Drawing on his own experience of bi-polar illness and specifically his mental breakdown in 2013, Witness charts Turner’s journey as he swings rapidly between two contrasting states of mind, before being committed to a psychiatric hospital. Turner’s choreography is unflinchingly physical and emotionally honest, mingling moments of realism with exceptional partner-work to explore a difficult topic with refreshing openness.

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