Company Chameleon on tour with Witness Spring 2017

“an intense, powerful production” British Theatre Guide

Company Chameleon’s latest double bill of dance theatre Witness is back on tour from next month. Video clip

9 March            Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
16 & 17 March Trinity Laban, London
23 March          Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Northern Ballet, Leeds
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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Wendy Houstoun touring Pact with Pointlessness

Wendy Houstoun is back on the road next month with her critically acclaimed solo Pact with Pointlessness.

“She asks the big, existential questions”  Guardian ****

” … if Houstoun hadn’t chosen a career in dance theatre then she would have given Victoria Wood and Julie Walters some serious competition”  Dance Tabs Pact with Pointlessness is Wendy’s latest solo, for which she won Critics Circle National Dance Award 2014 for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern).

A mix of comedy, spoken word and performance, it offers a frank demonstration of how it feels to be knocked sideways by death, then renegotiate and carry on.  Funny and moving in equal measure, Pact with Pointlessness is all or nothing, do or die.

1 February   The House, Plymouth University 
3 February   Bath Spa Live 
9 February   Edge Hill Arts Centre

Company Chameleon performing in Berlin

Company Chameleon is performing their production Beauty Of The Beast at Uferstudios, Berlin as part of Purple International Dance Festival for Young People on Tuesday 24 January at 19hr and Wednesday 25 January at 11hr.

A funny, moving and subversive look at machismo, this critically acclaimed production peels away the unwritten codes of camaraderie and compliance that glue the gang together. With an all-male cast, Beauty Of The Beast showcases Chameleon’s highly physical style, combining dance, theatre and music to hold up a mirror to our times. video trailer

Rosie Kay Dance Company and Aakash Odedra Company join STMDA portfolio

STDMA is proud to be working with Rosie Kay Dance Company and Aakash Odedra Company on booking two exceptional double bills of dance: Rosie Kay’s Double Points: K and Motel and Aakash’s Echoes and Imagine.  Each work is very exciting in its own right and each double bill provides a satisfyingly contrasting evening of dance:

“a piece to stimulate thought as well as marvel at what this dancer, poet and production have achieved”  British Theatre Guide (about Echoes / I Imagine)

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“such compulsive viewing … be thrilled by an award-winning company in great creative form”  Dance Tabs (about Double Points: K and Motel)

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The Hiccups are back on tour

The Hiccup Project begins its autumn tour of May-We-Go-Round? this week.

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14 OctoberBath Spa Live, Bath Spa University
11 NovemberPegasus Theatre, Oxford
22 NovemberHampstead Theatre
22 NovemberExeter Phoenix
25 November
Barbican Theatre, Plymouth
7 DecemberMumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

May-We-Go-Round? is a highly successful collision of fiercely energetic dance and comedic theatre, in which Chess and Cristina take their audiences on a bitter-sweet journey on the merry-go-round of romance. Honest, provocative and laugh-out-loud funny, it celebrates love and lust in all their messy and confusing forms. Ultimately, it’s a show about friendship, the bond between these two women radiating an enthralling, endearing portrait of girlpower. Video trailer

“May-We-Go-Round is one for everywoman. Full of tears and laughter.” Total Theatre

“It is rare to see dancers who are also such brilliant actors – woebegone, giggling or full-on.”  The Skinny

“So euphoric and so infectious…. It’s like Smack the Pony meets Jasmin Vardimon.”  Fest Mag

“The lost art of bedroom choreography is flung out of the wardrobe…. they perform with their whole bodies and we drink them in entirely. There’s a real guts and guns approach to the quality of movement — a throw-your-body-on-the-line-and-leave-nothing-behind”  Writing About Dance

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