2021 Tour choreographic commissions
Didy Veldman, Dog Kennel Hill Project, and Rahel Vonmoos.
Transitions Dance Company has a rich history of thrilling and thought-provoking choreographic commissions, encompassing a mix of work by established dance makers alongside exciting, and sometimes provocative, newcomers. Previous commissions include Crystal Pite, Hetain Patel, Karole Armitage, Theo Clinkard, Jasmin Vardimon, Henri Oguike, Lauri Stallings, Lost Dog, Rafael Bonachela, Bawren Tavaziva, Heng Tsung Lung, Sarah Michelson, Azsure Barton, Miguel Pereira, Cristian Duarte, Martin Nachbar, Zoi Dimitriou and Marina Collard.
Hand selected by our Artistic Director, David Waring, we are delighted to share that Dog Kennel Hill Project, Didy Veldman and Rahel Vonmoos are creating new commissions for our eclectic 2021 programme.
Dog Kennel Hill Project (DKHP) is a UK-based collective of three artists: Ben Ash, Henrietta Hale and Rachel Lopez de la Nieta, who have collaborated for 15 years. Their socially engaging, interdisciplinary projects often take place in unconventional sites (such as a forest, a library, a canal boat) and span a range of forms including performance, sculptural instillation and text. Most recently the collective was commissioned for a 2-month retrospective solo exhibition at the new CCA Gallery in Brighton, 2019. Other partnerships have included Modern Art Oxford, Scottish Dance Theatre, Whitechapel Gallery, Dance4, and Candoco. DKHP have presented work nationally and internationally, including at British Council Edinburgh Festival Showcase, Barbican, Brighton Festival, Aerowaves Festival, Springdance Utrecht, OperaEstate Festival Veneto, Italy, and Dance Umbrella. Currently, DKHP is re-exploring the complexity of the relationship of audience and performer, looking at questions of ethics, risk, intimacy, tension and care, and is particularly interested in addressing the absurd politics that underpin culture.
Highly sought-after choreographer Didy Veldman has created 45 works for 27 international companies including Rambert, Northern Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2019 she created a new work, collaborating with composer Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev, for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s inaugural ‘Ballet Now’ programme. Didy is a former dancer of Rambert, one of the UK’s leading dance companies, and founded her own London-based dance company Humanoove in 2016. The company has already toured nationally and internationally with two production and is working on their third, titled @Home.
Swiss-British independent dance maker Rahel Vonmoos has created a substantial body of work for theatres, galleries, festivals and site-specific venues nationally and internationally, including the Hayward Gallery and Dance Umbrella. She has also worked collaboratively with dancer/choreographer Wally Cardona and filmmaker Ruth Schlaepfer amongst others, and has performed works by Rosemary Butcher, Iztok Kovac (for film), Philippe Gehmacher, Charles Linehan, Cie Pool, and Philippe Saire. She has been commissioned by Tanzhaus Zurich, Switzerland and Joyce SoHo, United States.
Didy Veldman, Dog Kennel Hill Project, and Rahel Vonmoos.
Lizzie is currently Costume Supervisor in the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban. She has designed and made costumes for numerous companies within the contemporary dance sphere, both in the UK and overseas. Costume credits include In Your Rooms by Hofesh Shechter (currently in Rambert repertory), Vinicius Salles, Hagit Yakira, Theo Clinkard, Rosemary Butcher, Ben Wright’s BGroup, Protein, and Robert Clark. As a former member of Transitions Dance Company Lizzie has also enjoyed a successful performing career, and continues to create collaborative dance-theatre-design performance with her company Average Height Ladies.
Florence Meredith is Senior Costume Technician in the Faculty of Dance at Trinity Laban. As a freelancer, Florence has designed costumes for several Transitions Dance Company works including You Tube Made Me (choreography and direction by Hetain Patel, 2018), The Ar/ct of Walking Forward (chor. Hagit Yakira, 2017) and My Dance, Your Touch (chor. Theo Clinkard, 2015). Florence has also designed costumes for commissioned works choreographed by Samir Kennedy, Patricia Okenwa, Theo Lowe, Dam Van Huynhe, Hubert Essakow, Marina Collard, and Marie-Gabrielle Rotie at Trinity Laban and London Contemporary Dance School. As a costume maker Florence had worked extensively with Amanda Barrow for English National Ballet, Royal Opera House, Birmingham Royal Ballet, and many west end productions.
Rosie is a costume designer who designs primarily for contemporary dance and ballet. She spent a year as Graduate Intern in the Costume Department at Trinity Laban and since then has worked with choreographers including Roisin O’Brien, Feet Off The Ground, Cameron McMillan, Ashley Page, Andrew McNichol, Lizzi Kew-Ross, Ingrid McKinnon, Russell Maliphant, Zoi Dimitriou, Bim Malcolmson, Hagit Yakira and Joss Arnott. Recently her designs for “99 Moves” choreographed by Zoi Dimitriou were selected to be shown as part of “Staging Places: UK Design for Performance 2015-2019” at The V&A Museum in London.
Michael has been a Lighting Designer for the past twenty-five years, specializing in designing for dance. He has had numerous commissions throughout Britain, Europe, Australia and South Africa, designing for touring companies, site-specific work and installations. Michael has had long-running collaborative relationships with Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Company, Javier de Frutos, Balbir Singh, Yael Flexer, Carol Brown, Riccardo Buscarini (Place Prize winner 2014), Marina Collard, Zoi Dimitriou, Smallbones Dance Company (Paul Douglas) and Athina Vahla. He has also worked with Mavin Khoo, The Royal Ballet, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Ashley Page, Protein Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh, Hofesh Shechter, Rafael Bonachela, Charles Linehan and many more.
“I was impressed by the clever pitch of the choreography which brought out their technical skills but gave them the opportunity to perform at their best”
– Ruth Till MBE
Un-sound – H2DANCE and the company
Irresponsible Gods – Cameron McMillan in collaboration with the dancers
Firstly, my name – Elisa Pagani
Following advice from the UK government and WHO, the final part of the company’s 2020 tour was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We were delighted to offer the 2020 company the opportunity to create new creation Let Me Move, with choreographer Thēo T J Lowe in autumn 2020.
From dirt to soil – Karole Armitage and the company
many much, many much too many – Marina Collard and the company
YouTube Made Me – Hetain Patel and the company
The Ar/ct of Moving Forward – Hagit Yakira and the company
When running starts and stops – Richard Chappell and the company
Lovers – Jarkko Partanen and the company
& – Cristian Duarte
Kintsugi – Oded Ronen and the company
Nothing but Time – Charles Linehan and the company
Fieldwork – Dog Kennel Hill Project and the company
my dance, your touch – Theo Clinkard and the company
12 – Ederson Rodrigues Xavier and the company