News: Dance Umbrella 2016 programme announced

Tuesday 3 May 2016 by Carmel Smith

CCN Ballet de Lorraine 'Unknown Pleasures' Photo Arno Paul

The programme for Dance Umbrella 2016 has just been unwrapped. This year’s edition of the annual festival which champions 21st century choreography takes place across London from 7 – 22 October and will include three Dance Umbrella commissions, with two world, one European, three UK and two London premieres. Tickets go on sale from 26 May.

“2016 will see Dance Umbrella mixing some truly extraordinary international choreographers with rich, home-grown talent,” Artistic Director and Chief Executive Emma Gladstone said today. “In addition to the choreographic and geographic range, the festival performances include live music, fresh grass and a completely anonymous programme. With work from six different countries on show I am particularly proud of the three made possible by our Commission Fund.”

In the opening programme at Sadler’s Wells, Unknown Pleasures, a co-commission with the theatre and CCN – Ballet de Lorraine, five choreographers will present their work anonymously in one programme – with the audience invited to guess who they might be.

Jérôme Bel is returning to the festival with Gala, a city-specific commission which features 20 Londoners from all walks of life at three locations in the city including The Tanks at Tate Modern.

One of India’s leading dance makers, Aditi Mangaldas, will make her first appearance at the Barbican with Inter_rupted.

As in previous years, high quality work for children is at the forefront of the programme. Erik Kaiel’s Tetris / O Snap / No Man is an Island will be touring around London and Netherlands-based De Dansers’ family-friendly Dream City will be at the Unicorn Theatre.

At The Old Truman Brewery, celebrated Greek Olympic choreographer Dimitris Papaioannou presents Primal Matter, where visual art comes to life

Hege Haagenrud will present Use My Body While It’s Still Young at The Place, a piece looking at our obsession with youth, featuring four dancers aged from 65 – 79.

The Secret Slowness of Movement by Laura Dannequin at David Roberts Art Gallery is an installation which invites audiences to indulge in fresh green grass.

New British dance provocateur Jamila Johnson-Small will present i ride in colour and soft focus, no longer anywhere at Rich Mix.

Wallflower by Manchester based Quarantine will be performed at Battersea Arts Centre, exploring memories of the dances that run through our lives, from school disco to wedding waltz.

At a recent fundraising gala Dance Umbrella raised over £20k for the commissioning fund which Emma Gladstone set up when she took over as Artistic Director in 2013. She aims to raise £180k over three years, for Dance Umbrella to develop the art form of dance, as well as artists. In 2015 two of the show were original commissions, this year there are three and next year the aim is for half of the programme (5 shows) to be new work.

“I want Dance Umbrella to make memorable, important, meaningful work that resonates long after the event,” she said. “Work that makes us understand more, share more, be braver, more astute, maybe more critical or more empathetic citizens – work that really counts.”

More programme details will be announced on 26 May, when tickets will be on sale – if not the names of a certain five choreographers…

Photo: CCN Ballet de Lorraine Unknown Pleasures by Arno Paul

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