News: The low down on dance at Latitude this weekend

Tuesday 14 July 2015 by Lise Smith

Latitude 2014. Photo: Lise Smith

If it’s July, it must be Latitude – the four-day event in Suffolk’s beautiful Henham Park that rightly bills itself as “more than just a music festival”. A host of music headliners including Alt-J, The Vaccines and Manic Street Preachers will be drawing the crowds to the main arena stages for Latitude’s tenth birthday celebration, but they’ll be joined by a host of live comedy, theatre and dance performances as well as poetry, literature and cinema.

The festival’s collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, now in its eighth year, means dance lovers will be well catered-for at the tranquil Waterfront stage. The explosive Titanium from Spanish choreographers Rojas and Rodríguez kicks off proceedings on Thursday evening with its fiery combination of flamenco and breakdance; campers arriving late will be able to catch the duo in action again on Friday afternoon.

Avatâra Ayuso’s AVA Dance will present new work A Brief History of the World in 3 Acts, a movement journey from prehistoric chaos to the present day, on the same stage on Friday evening. Also on Friday evening, East London Dance’s Club Cultures will fill the Theatre Arena with the sounds and spirit of clubbing from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Saturday welcomes Company Chameleon’s powerful Beauty of the Beast to the Waterfront Stage; the all-male cast explore the funny and sometimes frightening world of male relationships. Mid-afternoon viewers on their way to recapture wasted youths with The Charlatans on the Radio 6 Music stage might first pause to enjoy Ballets C de la B performer Mélanie Lomoff in Three Studies of Flesh with composer Josh Antonio Grigg. Saturday’s undoubted highlight will be Rambert’s feelgood love-letter to the mid-1960s, Rooster – a popular piece guaranteed to appeal to fans of Mad Men, the Rolling Stones, and sunny, hip-twisting, potato-mashing dance.

Sunday sees a special programme of dance by young people, with five of the finalists of this year’s BBC Young Dancer Award taking the lunchtime slot, and the third annual cohort of National Youth Dance Company (NYDC) dancers closing the programme on the Waterfront Stage with guest choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Frame[d].

If watching isn’t enough for you, the DanceEast Dance Tent in Pandora’s Playground will once again be offering a daily programme of yoga and dance workshops in a wide variety of styles, from flamenco and street dance to contemporary – so there’s no excuse not to get down to the sounds of the Late Night iArena in your wellies and neon paint!

Sadler’s Wells Artistic Director Alistair Spalding says “We are delighted to be returning to the beautiful setting of the Waterfront Stage for our eighth year and to be part of Latitude’s 10th anniversary. This year’s programme will be an exciting showcase of some of the work on offer at Sadler’s Wells and the many projects we support.”

Grab a flower crown and head to Henham Park in Southwold, Suffolk to drink it all in from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July 2015. We’ll be there too so watch this space for reports from the field!

www.latitudefestival.com

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