Laban Theatre announced its spring programme this week, offering two London premieres from Rosie Kay Dance Company and Tom Dale Dance Company, as well as playing host to U.Dance London 2013.
Based in the UK's number one contemporary dance school, Laban Theatre offers dancers lovers a chance to see a range of performances, including the riveting Refugees of the Septic Heart by Tom Dale Company. Critics say -
"Exhilaratingly beautiful and simmering with danger"
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Brian Brady, Head of Laban Theatre Programme, says the spring programme offers an eclectic range of performances and installations by a range of artists and disciplines:
"Throughout the season Jessica Angel's Here and Beyond,a beautiful triptych of images, will preside over the Laban Building foyer. The images capture a sense of the dancers as links between that which is earth-bound and the world 'beyond'; a world evoked throughout God's Garden.
"We are also proud to present Elena Molinaro's In-be-tween. A Trinity Laban graduate, Elena has developed a rigorous body-based practice at the interface between live art and performance; and In-be-tween shows the body as a site of transformation - challenging - and not to be missed."
Trinity Laban, in partnership with Sadler's Wells, hosts U.Dance London 2013, a celebration of youth dance from across the capital. Join eight companies as they perform for a place at U.Dance 2013, a three day festival of youth dance from across the country.
Laban Theatre will also host No Fear! ,the latest offering from Green Candle Dance Company, a light and funny dance production addressing scary things and learning to laugh at them. Brian said: "No Fear! is not just a spectacle - it also gives several opportunities for the audience to become involved in the action, helping Vashti and her grandfather find the elusive cat." No Fear! is specially designed for children aged 2-4 years and is deaf-friendly too. Signing is incorporated into the choreography to make the show accessible to both deaf and hearing children.
Ffin Dance also returns to Laban Theatre in March, with three works -
- Missing Pages, choreographed by Sue Lewis, explores the Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello as a backdrop for memoirs from WW1, written especially for Ffin Dance by Welsh author John F. Wake;
- Axiom Tangent, choreographed by Gary Lambert, is a response to a score by Oli Newman. The score itself was inspired by number stations (Cold War recordings and number sequences which were transmitted in long wave by a number of Cold War countries' secret services); and
- Degrees Of Freedom, also choreographed by Gary, is an intimate solo work exploring the changing identity of the body and its relationship to the physical. The work was initially a response to limitations impacted on the body after Gary's long career in dance.
Rosie Kay Dance Company produces There Is Hope, which explores ancient ritual and contemporary religion, including the Seven Deadly Sins.
There's also the triumphant return of Co Motion, an evening of celebration and exciting, inclusive contemporary dance performances by young people from Greenwich and Lewisham. Presented by the Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership, Co Motion includes a collaboration performance by Candoco and Trinity Laban's Youth Dance Companies, Dance Ability, Magpie Dance and local primary and secondary schools.