News: The Dance Line up for Latitude 2016

Friday 29 April 2016 by Carmel Smith

Latitude 2014. Photo: Lise Smith

The dance line up for this year’s Latitude Festival (Henham Park, Suffolk, 14 – 17 July) has just been announced. For the ninth year running Sadler’s Wells will be presenting a diverse programme on the Waterfront Stage – and there will be a range of opportunities to dance across the whole site, this year including sessions from Swing Patrol.

Tania Harrison, Curator of the Arts Arenas at the festival says: “Latitude are absolutely delighted to be supporting artists across the board, and this year is no exception when it comes to our stunning dance line up. Sadler’s Wells will present a diverse programme of world class dance including Nilda’s Guerra’s !Vamos Cuba!, straight from Havana airport and evoking all the vibrancy of Cuban life, plus rising star Botis Seva who literally has the world at his feet. The incredible Hofesh Shechter Company will perform tHE bAD – a captivatingly dramatic dance piece, to get the festival going on Thursday night. We will also welcome New English Ballet Theatre to the Waterfront, who will present work by choreographers Kirsten McNally and Daniela Cardim.”

Sadler’s Wells programme kicks of in style on Thursday evening in style with Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter’s company, performing tHe bAD from his most recent work barbarians. Also performing on the Waterfront Stage is an artist who was mentored by Shechter: rising hip hop dancer and choreographer Botis Seva and his company Far From The Norm. A Londoner born and bred, Seva has made performance pieces across theatre and film since 2009 and has performed at various national and international showcases including Sadler’s Wells’ annual hip hop Festival Breakin’ Convention and San Francisco’s International Hip Hop Dance Festival. Seva received his mentorship with Hofesh Shechter through a Marion North Mentoring Award as part of the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund in 2015. His H.O.H combines hip-hop, physical theatre and contemporary dance – on the theme of football.

Veils is a collaboration of music and dance between cutting edge Manchester acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin and choreographer Lynne Page and is a contemporary response to ’80s underground club culture.

Latitude audiences will also be getting a sneak preview of Sadler’s Wells new summer show before it reaches London. Created by the team behind the long running hit production Havana Rakatan, the dancer and musicians performing !Vamos Cuba! will be arriving straight from Havana.

Richard Alston, one of the leading figures in UK contemporary dance presents a double bill of work for Latitude, including extracts from Nomadic, a Sadler’s Wells commission danced to Shukar Collective’s fusion of gypsy and electronic music and Stronghold II, choreographed by the company’s Associate Choreographer Martin Lawrance, set to a score by Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe.

The National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) will be presenting the work created for them by this year’s Guest Artistic Director Michael Keegan-Dolan. In–Nocentes is set to Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons by Vivaldi and is a ritualistic piece with which Keegan-Dolan celebrates the natural and instinctive way young people can move and behave.

Since their debut season in 2012, New English Ballet Theatre has become one of the most exciting and progressive modern UK ballet companies, with a cross-disciplinary and multi-arts programme. This year NEBT will present two pieces by Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally on Latitude’s Waterfront Stage – Mad Women, a satirical exploration of the traditional conflict between men and women as seen in the context of the late 1950s and Lonesome Gun inspired by American Western movies. Alongside NEBT , choreographer Daniela Cardim presents her pas-de-deux Wundarra, exploring the juxtaposition of aboriginal music with the language of classical ballet.

Away from the Waterfront Stage, at The Little House, hip hop artist Ivan Blackstock will be performing M.E.T.H Traplord of the Flyz as part of the Nabokov garage takeover on Friday night and A Curious Invitation will be hosting Midnight Tango – a Saturday night party where audiences will dance to an orchestra playing tangos, milongas and waltzes drawn from Astor Piazzola’s Maria de Buenos Aires. A Curious Invitation will also present a tango class, open to all, on the Waterfront Stage.

London based Swing Patrol (recently featured on TV’s Dragons’ Den, Call the Midwife and People’s Strictly Come Dancing) will be offering easy taster lessons and inviting all festival goers to get involved in games and swinging fun at the Waterfront. With their track record in getting people dancing they look set to be a festival favourite.

Further announcements about additions to the programme will appear in the next few weeks leading up to the festival.

Tickets on sale now, from £84.50 adult day (child £5).

Photo: Lise Smith

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