Transitions Dance Company premieres challenging and multi-faceted new works


Transitions Dance Company, the leading graduate dance company from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, premieres a range of vibrant, challenging and intriguing dance works by international choreographers on tour around the UK and Europe this week (27 February 2015).

The triple bill features a diverse programme of work, including leading UK choreographer Zoi Dimitriou. With a specifically composed music score by Trinity Laban’s Head of Composition, Dominic Murcott, Zoi’s chamber work Side Effects is imbued with intrigue, playfulness and vulnerability. Focusing on relationships, the piece is intertwined with fragility, darkness and humour.

Energetic and driven by an urgent inner pulse, Ancient Man Speaks, choreographed by Bawren Tavaziva, is a vast landscape of ideas which focuses on the development of humankind that is curious, in transit and searching for identity and culture. Bawren also wrote the music accompanying this breathless and technically demanding work.

In Miguel Pereira’s Transitions III bodies and objects are interchangeable. Pereira creates a distinctive pathway from pedestrian movement to full bodied dancing, using voice and props in a charming, yet absurdly witty way.

Artistic Director David Waring says: “There is no other touring company with such a broad repertoire, which takes risks and works across the whole spectrum of contemporary dance.

“Transitions is about difference – and these are all very different pieces. Zoi’s choreography is characterised by a pared-down, minimalist style of dance-theatre performance with a devoted attention to detail. Bawren’s work requires a huge amount of detailed technical accuracy from the dancers; whereas Miguel’s piece, which is almost dance theatre, you enter a world that is a zoo of sound – then Miguel completely tips this on its head in an extraordinary finale.”

Transitions Dance Company will tour around the UK and Europe before returning to the Laban Theatre in May.

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