News: Here comes Resolution! 2014

Monday 13 January 2014 by Carmel Smith

From top left, clockwise: Ishimwa Dance Company (photo: John Pridmore), Eliot Smith Company, David Walker (Photo: Been Jammin' Entertainment), Elena Jacinta (Photo: Katrina De Rycke).

Resolution! – the biggest annual showcase for contemporary dance in the UK is an essential part of the London dance calendar, filling the early weeks of the new year with nightly triple bills of new dance, for nearly 25 years. Starting tomorrow (Tuesday 14 January), 72 companies will be showcasing their work over 24 days – with each bill a lucky dip of dance from up and coming artists.

“The most exciting thing about Resolution! is the one thing that has stayed the same over the last 25 years, and that is the ethos of supporting new choreography, and choreography that is about trying out new ideas,” says Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. “The title itself is about a sense of renewal, the history is important, but it’s all about potential for the future.”

The festival was dreamt up in 1990 by The Place’s former Theatre Director John Ashford, to provide a platform to help artists facing the difficult transition from vocational dance training to the professional performance world. By the end of this year Resolution! will have presented over 1,909 dance companies. Almost all of today’s top UK-based contemporary choreographers have presented their earliest work as part of it. Watch this video with clips from The Place’s extensive film archives for fascinating glimpses of Wayne McGregor, Yael Flexer, Arthur Pita, Javier De Frutos, Henri Oguike, Jasmin Vardimon,Martin Lawrence, Maresa von Stockhert, Kate Prince, Hofesh Shechter, amongst many others:

Amongst those contributing works this year are James Finnemore (Tue 14 Jan) from Hofesh Shechter Company/Punchdrunk, Ihsaan De Banya and Kenny Wing Tao Ho (Sat 18 Jan), both London Contemporary Dance School graduates; Ihsaan is currently with Richard Alston Dance Company and Kenny is with Protein; Botis Seva works with Breakin’ Convention and is director of Far from The Norm (Sat 1 Feb ); there is new work from Mildred Rambaud (Wed 5 Feb), Mansoor Ali (Fri 14 Feb) who choreographed a piece for the graduate company EDge last year, and Joseph Toonga, recipient of the Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprises (Sat 15 Feb). This handful of names represents just a small fraction of the talent to be discovered in Resolution!

A key part of Resolution! is what happens off the stage, behind the scenes. Participating companies (who apply to take part and are chosen through a selection process) are supported by The Place’s professional team with technical advice and a series of workshops designed to give an insight on all aspects of the profession, from lighting and design, to press, marketing and social media.

The festival also supports the development of writers and video makers with an interest in dance. Resolution! Review, pairs aspiring dance writers, (selected though an open application process), with six leading dance critics (Josephine Leask, Donald Hutera, Sanjoy Roy, Keith Watson, Graham Watts and Lyndsey Winship), who mentor them throughout the season. Every performance in Resolution! is reviewed by both a professional and an aspiring writer, and posted on The Place’s website within 24 hours of the performance.

In a new partnership with the Roundhouse, two young video makers who want to gain experience of filming live dance are getting practical mentoring sessions with Steven Jackman, a highly experienced director, editor and camera operator – and the chance to be part of the film crew for Resolution!

Anaish Parmar (7 Feb) and Sarah Blanc (Sat 15 Feb) are two of the choreographers interviewed for a feature on how taking part in Resolution! helps young dance artists in our youth zone.

For the first time Resolution! this year will have reserved seating.
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Image, from top left, clockwise: Ishimwa Dance Company (photo: John Pridmore), Eliot Smith Company, David Walker (Photo: Been Jammin’ Entertainment), Elena Jacinta (Photo: Katrina De Rycke).

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