News: GOLIVE -at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

Monday 2 September 2013 by Carmel Smith

The Lion and Unicorn pub theatre

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre Kentish Town is continuing to expand its contemporary dance programming – and this month managing company Giant Olive, together with journalist Donald Hutera present the first GOlive Dance and Performance Festival. Starting next Monday (9 September) and running for 21 consecutive days, the emphasis in GOLive they say, will be on risk, intimacy and play – with a diverse, eclectic programme each evening.

“For me one of the most enticing things about the festival is the chance it gives a range of gifted people – both recognised and emerging, youthful and mature – to show what they can do up-close and outside of normal dance-based channels,’ says Donald, who writes regularly about dance, theatre and the arts for The Times, Dance Europe and many other publications and websites – including this one.

GOlive will feature work by Darren Ellis, Ella Mesma, Renaud Wiser, Anusha Subramanyam, Daniel Hay-Gordon/Eleanor Perry, 70/30 Split, Shane Shambhu, Nuno Silva, Moreno Solinas, Peta Lily, The Dangerologists, Mamoru Iriguchi, Stephanie Schober, Anna Williams, Stopgap’s Sg2, Angela Woodhouse, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Avatara Ayuso, Mickael Marso Rivière, Jennifer Jackson/Susie Crow, Annie Lok, Zoi Dimitriou and Fred Gehrig amongst many others. Between them they have worked with the likes of Complicite, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Shobana Jeyasingh, Russell Maliphant, The Royal Ballet, Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, Rambert Dance Company, Henri Oguike, Arthur Pita and Fiona Shaw.

Previous forays into dance bills at The Lion and the Unicorn include an evening of ballet by ex-New York City Ballet dancer Antonia Franceschi and earlier this year Cloud Dance Sundays – featuring emerging contemporary dance artists, programmed by Chantal Guevara. George Sallis, artistic director of Giant Olive and The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, is looking forward to his latest venture. “We believe that Donald has curated a groundbreaking roster of performances,” he says. “The result is an incredibly bold and unique collaboration between a cultural expert, a stellar line-up of artists and one tiny but mighty venue.”

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