News: British Dance Edition 2012

Thursday 2 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

British Dance Edition opening reception, Thu 3 Feb. Photo: Belinda Lawley

Dance artists, programmers and producers are arriving in London today (Thurs 2 Feb) for British Dance Edition 2012, which from this afternoon until Sunday evening will present an action packed programme of UK produced dance across seven London venues.

The main focus of British Dance Edition this year is to showcase work which is ready for touring to programmers and promoters. Over 300 delegates will be attending – with 130 coming from overseas. Around 35 companies are presenting their work, ranging from large scale performances [ Richard Alston Dance Company/National Dance Company of Wales at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance/Candoco Dance Company/Hofesh Shechter Company and Russell Maliphant Company at Sadler’s Wells ] to cabaret [ Greenwich Dance ], work for children [Travelling Light Company, The Place ] and digital installations [ Billy Cowie at Trinity Laban and Nic Sandiland at East London Dance].

Most of the programme is for exclusively for delegates, but tickets for the performances at Sadler’s Wells and Southbank Centre are on public sale – and if you’re new to dance its a good chance to see a great range of high quality contemporary dance. At Sadler’s Wells you can catch three of the UK’s most dynamic companies (Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Candoco Dance Company and Hofesh Shechter Company) all in one programme (Thu & Fri). On Saturday Richard Alston’s company present his latest work Unfinished Business – in a double bill with National Dance Company Wales in Stephen Petronio’s By Singing Light. Russell Maliphant’s new work The Rodin Project closes the festival on Sunday – and is sold out. (Some returns may be available).

British Dance Edition 2012 starts this afternoon(Thursday) with a Learning Symposium looking at UK initiatives which use dance as a tool for creative engagement and participation – and this evening sees the first triple bill performance at Sadler’s Wells.

Friday starts with a trade fair at The Place and performances of work for work for children [Travelling Light Theatre Company’s Boing! and Ilona Jäntti’s Muualla/ Elsewhere . Delegates then travel across town to Trinity Laban for performance by Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company and Michael Clark Company and installations by Billy Cowie. The afternoon also features talks by Breakin’ Convention, Clod Ensemble and choreographer Rosemary Lee .
Then it’s down the road to the Borough Hall, home of Greenwich Dance, where there will be several chances to catch Avant Garde’s The Bunker Thing , before one of the cabaret evening’s for which the venue is famous, compered by New Art Club and featuring Vocab Dance, Open Heart Productions, Boy Blue Entertainment, Matthias Sperling – and the first chance to see a new work by Nigel Charnock + Company. Back in central London, the evening carries on untl the small hours with a Late Night Bar at The Place.

On Saturday morning at The Place delegates have the chance to catch Protein Dance’s widely acclaimed LOL (lots of love) before heading off to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, for performances by Aakash Odedra Company of a new work by Akram Khan, Ballet Black in Martin Lawrance’s -Captured_ , choreographer Claire Cunningham in her own Evolution and Charles Linehan’s company in his work The Clearing.

It’s a short walk then from Covent Garden across the Thames to Southbank Centre for Wendy Houston’s 50 Acts, Richard Alston Dance Company and National Dance Company Wales in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, followed by Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion in the Purcell Room with their latest duet Counting to One Hundred .

East London Dance are the hosts for Sunday morning – presenting Bristol based b-boying Champloo Dance Company in White Caps, Hetain Patel’s Ten and a digital installation by Nic Sandiland. After lunch there’s more hip hop back at Sadler’s Wells, with Room 2 Manoeuvre, from Edinburgh; and another chance to see Lost Dog’s Place Prize winning It Needs Horses before the closing performance of the festival – Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project .

For more on all the companies/artists taking part in 2012 visit the Britishdanceedition website

Find out more about the people/venues who have put the programme together – including their ‘must see’ in London recommendations in our BDE2012 interviews

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