London preview of new Compass Commissions work challenges image driven culture

The Point At Which -GD-body

A new work by Robin Dingemans and Nick Bryson, The Point At Which It Last Made Sense, will be previewed at the Laban Theatre on Wed 26 March.

Performed by Paralympian James O'Shea and Netherlands-based Rosa Vreeling, this is the second of three Compass Commissions, a series of new dance works created by the Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership, supported by Arts Council England.

Through a series of extraordinary images and startling poses of a young couple lip-syncing to perfect advertising voices, the performance fast tracks the audience to the logical conclusion of the advertising industry.

The Point At Which It Last Made Sense is a visually arresting exploration of beauty, from the profound to the superficial and everything in between, interweaving dance, sound, light and video.

The preview is a live stage iteration of a wider project by Dingemans and Bryson, which also involves short films, music publications, a student graphic design competition and writings examining themes such as the dehumanisation and objectification of women in dance and the media; publicly subsidised funding politics in the arts; and positive discrimination in relation to race, gender or disability.

Robin Dingemans is a choreographer, performer and educator. His works have been supported, commissioned and presented by many different organisations in the UK and internationally including The Place, ArtsCross Beijing, Sadler's Wells, Dance4, Pavilion Dance, Dansateliers Rotterdam, Escalator Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. Current creations are being supported by the inaugural Greenwich Dance Trinity Laban Compass Commission, Dansce Dialogues 2 and Weld, Stockholm. In 2009 he was nominated Outstanding Male Performance by the UK Critics Circle National Dance Awards. He has performed in works of Weld Company, Fevered Sleep, Station House Opera, DV8 Physical Theatre, Requardt & Rosenberg, Ricochet, Protein, Theatre Rites, Yvon Bonenfant, les gens d'Uterpan and many more. Originally from New Zealand Robin has been based in the UK since 1998.

Nick Bryson, originally from Belfast, trained as a dancer at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and as a choreographer at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam. He worked as a choreographer in residence at the Firkin Crane in Cork, taking his creations to Dublin, Amsterdam, New York and Basel amongst other places. As a dancer he has worked for Rebus, This Torsion, Myriad and Daghdha Dance Companies. He also holds an MA in Performance from the University of Limerick

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Photo: Chris Nash

Dingemans and Bryson have also launched a review writing competition of the preview. Attend the performance and then enter a 144 character review on twitter via [email protected]_dingemans or @nickbrysonpoint or up to 1500 words by emailing [email protected].

Compass Commissions - A dynamic partnership has been created by Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban to provide ground-breaking dance performance, bespoke support for dance artists and an all-embracing programme of community and education work across South East London. The Partnership is supported by Arts Council England funding.

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