News: Celebrating 'one of the great heroes of British dance'

Wednesday 14 March 2012 by Carmel Smith

Five of the UK’s most outstanding dance artists – Richard Alston, Mark Baldwin, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Monica Mason – are presenting an evening of dance at The Place to celebrate the 70th birthday of film and TV director and producer Bob Lockyer.

In a 40 year career at the BBC he was responsible for pioneering work in presenting dance on television, including the Dance for Camera series, which incuded films which won major international awards, including the Prix Italia . He was also a founder member of Dance UK . Giving him an award for an outstanding contribution to dance in 2001, the Critics’ Circle described him as “one of the great heroes of British dance”.

For the celebratory evening on Friday 13 April, Lockyer has asked each of the dance artists to create a new piece themselves, or commission a work from an emerging choreographer. Richard Alston and Mark Baldwin will each be presenting a new piece of choreography; Siobhan Davies has commissioned Charlie Morrissey , from Siobhan Davies Dance Company; Monica Mason has chosen a graduate-year student from The Royal Ballet School, Sebastian Goffin and Rob Binet , Choreographic Apprentice at The Royal Ballet, has been appointed by Wayne McGregor.

The evening will feature dancers from Rambert Dance Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School (LCDS) and The Royal Ballet School, with live music. As well as performing Alston’s homage to Bob Lockyer, Richard Alston Dance Company will close the event with Shuffle It Right, one of Alston’s best loved works.

Bob Lockyer said: “Dance in all its forms has been part of my life for over 40 years, along with those who perform it, create it, and teach it. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my 70th birthday than by asking friends to present new works for this performance, supporting younger talents and giving us all a night to remember, whilst investing in the future of the art form I love the most. Thanks to their generosity, and yours, it will also raise funds to support the future.”

Tickets for this special performance are £20, including a £10 donation to be equally shared between two funds supporting the creation of new dance works: the Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond Fund and The Place’s Pioneering Fund .

T: 020 7121 1100

NB There was a gala invitation only version of this show on Thu 12 April

[originally posted: 14 March]

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