Contemporary flamenco company Dotdotdot Dance is touring their three-part programme In Body from next month Watch the NEW trailer
01 Feb Chichester Festival Theatre
02 Feb Wiltshire Music Centre Bradford upon Avon
17 Mar South Hill Park Bracknell
18 Mar The Hawth Crawley
19 Mar Cornerstone Didcot
20 Mar Swindon Dance
24 Mar Gulbenkian Canterbury
26 Mar Guildhall Arts Centre Grantham
27 Mar Norwich Playhouse
Founded in 2014 by dancer-choreographers Magdalena Mannion, Noemí Luz and Yinka Esi Graves, Dotdotdot Dance has a mission to generate homegrown flamenco that bridges the gap between the traditional forms and contemporary dance. Their first production No Frills toured the UK extensively and was performed in Madrid. Through that success grew two exciting opportunities to develop new work: an invitation from Sadler’s Wells to curate a Wild Card Evening for the Lilian Baylis Studio; and showcase performances Sampled 2017 in Sadler’s Wells main house and The Lowry. Those roots became In Body.
For their In Body programme, each of the Dotdotdot founding artists has created a piece in which they all perform alongside Flamenco guitarist Liam Howarth, ‘cellist Colin Alexander and singer Emilio Florido Sanchez. Each piece focuses on a different traditional flamenco style.
Inspired by movement qualities found in Bill Viola’s video art and Manuela Vargas’ iconic solo Peteneras, the first piece When Viola met Vargas explores shared pulse & emotional dynamics. The second piece in the programme Into Being ponders the ritualistic qualities of flamenco, drawing from Tarantos, a primitive, earthy form born out of the mining communities of Andalusia. Finally, I come to my body as a question reflects on Guajira, deconstructing the use of the fan, lyrics, and the sensualized perception of feminine gestures.
“intelligent, refreshing and compelling to watch …. their unravelling of flamenco will appeal to everyone” Londondance.com
“jaw-dropping virtuosity and commitment” Audience member
“The artistry is top-notch, but No Frills is also visceral, instinctual and reaches out on a level that goes beyond mere appreciation” Buxton Fringe Review
“Magdalena, Yinka and Noemí really took the dance to a new level for me. They were so elegant and powerful, from their first number, where their movements were initially so gentle, it was difficult to notice the change in position, right up to the fantastically orchestrated final dance with the long dress and shoes – you really need to see it to appreciate it – the ladies were the epitome of Flamenco” London Theatre
“The flamenco dance company has sold out both of its performances on the short two-night run, and it is easy to see why …. The two-hour show was thoroughly entertaining, illuminating and pioneering. Keep an eye out for where they will appear next with another inventive and intense take on flamenco.” Laura Ewing, The Up Coming