The Autumn Season 2013 has just been announced at DanceEast in Ipswich and with tickets going on sale from Monday 2nd September it’s never been a better time to visit the DanceHouse on the Waterfront.
The Studio by Ladder To The Moon (8th October) is an interactive piece of devised theatre that aims to recreate iconic moments from two classic films – Robin Hood and The Sound of Music – in a pop-up film studio experience. This performance is staged in associate with Age UK Suffolk in a fundraising event for the charity.
50 Acts (11th October) is a spirited retaliation against ageism, involving manifestos, songs, apologies and errors, random acts, small dances and big ideas, ghostly appearances, invisibility, stupidity, inexplicable feats and unexpected turns. A declaration of intent and a commitment to action, combining movement with text, and meaning with humour… sometimes dark and sometimes not… In this warm, intimate and affecting show, Wendy Houstoun brings her own brand of radicalism to 50 ACTS in a performance that lasts just under an hour.
Still Current (25th & 26th October) is a new evening of work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant and masterful lighting designer Michael Hulls both Sadler’s Wells Associate Artists. The evening features newly created duets, trios and solos danced by his remarkable company of dancers including Dickson Mbi, who recently stunned audiences with his strength and exceptional popping style in The Rodin Project, the dance film Erebus and the Lucozade Revive commercial. He is joined by Carys Staton, whose energetic elegance and delicate strength are showcased in the new creations, and the remarkable Thomasin Gülgeç whose fluid agility and grace are not only demonstrated in the new works but also in the award-winning solo Afterlight (Part One) which is included as part of the evening.
iTMOi (in the mind of igor) is Akram Khan’s latest full-length ensemble piece since 2010’s Vertical Road. Taking place at Snape Maltings on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November this performance celebrates Igor Stravinsky and the centenary of his legendary Rite of Spring.
With an original score by Nitin Sawhney, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost, and an international cast of 11 dancers, iTMOi is another extraordinary artistic collaboration from Khan and his talented team.
Winter Showcase (1st December) is an evening of new, devised works from the resident DanceEast Performance Groups. Featuring performances from male-only Boyz United, newly formed Creative Hip Hoppers, Dance Unlimited, elders company The Elderberries, Suffolk Junior Dance Company, Suffolk Youth Dance Company and additional needs performance group Spin Off.
The Little Match Girl (12th – 24th December) is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic Christmas story, this touching tale of an impoverished young street girl’s hopes and dreams is beautifully told through dance, song and original live music. Celebrated director & choreographer Arthur Pita brings his magical new dance theatre show The Little Match Girl to DanceEast this Christmas. A snowy stage sets the scene for an icy cold Christmas Eve, where the Little Match Girl paces the emptying streets, shivering and desperate, trying to sell her matches. Cold, hungry and with just one final match flame to keep her warm, she sees a vision of her beloved grandmother. Leaving her troubled life behind, the Little Match Girl is guided up into the night sky by her grandmother who takes her to the moon. Now, on a clear night, if you look closely, you might see the light of a shooting star, or is it a match burning brightly? Award-winning choreographer Arthur Pita returns to DanceEast following recent successes God’s Garden and National Dance Award-winning The Metamorphosis.
• For more information on any of the performances in the Autumn Season or to book tickets contact the Box Office on 01473 295230 or visit www.danceeast.co.uk