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Friday 9 April 2010

*Next month at the Place there is the chance to see the work of four cutting edge
international female choreographers.*

*It shouldn’t be remarkable, but the fact is, even in contemporary dance (let
alone ballet), there’re are still way more men than women making work.
!! *

It’s encouraging that this isn’t a ‘special season’. The Place has always championed emerging choreographers from around the world,
allowing London audiences the first glimpses of emerging international work and
artists – and it just so happens that in June, four of them are women.

Yasmeen Godder

_Two Playful Pink_Tue 7 & Wed 8 Jun 05

Yasmeen works in New York, where she received a Bessie Award in 2001 – and Tel-Aviv, where she was selected as Chosen Artist of the Israel Excellence
Fund for 2004/5. Her dance language is based around the female form. The humourous and spellbinding
Two Playful Pink is inspired by surreal imagery and Pop Art energy. It is performed by Iris Erez and Yasmeen herself to a soundtrack that ranges from Ligeti to PJ Harvey.

more on Yasmeen

Ina Christel Johannessen Ina Christel Johannessen’s Zero Visibility Corp

It’s only a rehearsal…

Fri 10 & Sat 11 Jun

Norwegian Ina Christel Johannessen founded Scirocco Dance Company in 1987 and made 12 full length pieces for the company. In 1996 she was joined by set and lighting designer Jens Sethzman, changing the company’s name to Zero Visibility Corp. It’s only a rehearsal… deconstructs a Greek myth of desire and revenge. Driven by the electric hip hop physicality of dancers Line Tørmoen*and *Dimitri Jourde, powerful acrobatic lifts and a prolonged scene based around a lingering kiss tailspin into a playful clash between hunter and hunted.


Erna Omarsdottir Erna Ómarsdóttir IBM – 1401 – A User’s Manual

Juschka Weigel Life is too short to dance with an ugly man?

Fri 17 and Sat 18 June

A fascinating double bill from Iceland and Germany.

Erna Ómarsdóttir, (last seen in London in Les Ballet C de la B/ Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Foi) has just collaborated with fellow countrywoman Björk, performing in her forthcoming video Where Is The Line? which will feature in director Gabríela Fridriksdóttir’s Versations Tetralogia, chosen to represent Iceland at this year’s Venice Bienniale. She was nominated for the Best Performer category by Ballettanz in 2002 and was one of the 100 best performers at the Ninjinsky Prize in Monaco, 2002. Her fairytale IBM – 1401 – A User’s Manual is set to live music from composer Jóhann Jóhannsson.


Juscha Weigel

Juschka Weigel is based in Berlin. She studied at the Merce Cunningham School in New York but has a wide range of other influences, including Butoh. She has been an audience and solo award winner at MASDANZA since 2001 A hypnotic solo performer, her Life is too short to dance with an ugly man? was a highlight of the Aerowaves season earlier this year at the Place.


Other female, UK based choreographers also at the Place in June –
Jasmin Vardimon Company in Lullaby
1 – 4 June

and H2 Dance (Hannah Gillgren & Heida Rustgaard) in Choreographus Interruptus with dance writer Donald Hutera
14 & 15 June

Tickets from £5-£15 can be booked by calling 020 7387 0031 or online at www.theplace.org.uk

Article posted May 2005

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