In Situ, the first of the new Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership's Compass Commissions will premiere at Caroline Gardens Chapel in Peckham on 25, 26 and 29 September.
Choreographed by emerging dance artist Tara D'Arquian, In Situ is a site-sensitive live installation which questions the role and limits of performance in today's society. The piece is performed by Anne-Gaëlle Thiriot, Joel O'Donoghue, Marc Stevenson and Tara D'Arquian, with music by Bruno Humberto and Philippe Lenzini.
Hidden away in South East London, the Caroline Gardens Chapel is the home of arts organisation Asylum, part of an almshouses complex originally run by the Licensed Victuallers Benevolent Fund as a rest home. The venue, which was almost completely gutted by an incendiary device during the Second World War, provides an atmospheric, crumbling backdrop for this unique dance performance. Audiences are invited to enter an interactive, immersive experience, and be part of a fictionalised documentary that will be created from the event.
Kat Bridge, Interim Artistic Director, Greenwich Dance said: "In Situ is the first of the Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Compass Commissions. We are delighted that Compass Commissions has enabled Tara D'Arquian to create such ground breaking site specific work, in such an extraordinary space."
Brian Brady, Head of Laban Theatre Programme at Trinity Laban, said: "For the first ever Compass Commission, Tara has produced a powerful portrayal of a modern relationship, which draws the audience in and invites them to weave themselves between the performers. This is a dance work that will be talked about for years to come.
The other commissions were awarded to a theatre-based collaboration by Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson, The point at which it last made sense, which will be performed by Paralympian James O'Shea and Netherlands-based Rosa Vreeling; and a family friendly performance, Bench, created by circus and street theatre company, Mimbre, which will premiere in spring 2014.
The Compass Commissions are a trio of exciting new dance commissions, created by Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The Partnership will create ground-breaking performances, bespoke support for dance artists and an all-embracing programme of community and education work across South East London. The Partnership attracts National Portfolio funding from Arts Council
Picture credit - Chris Nash