Feature: Dance at Latitude 2014

Thursday 19 June 2014 by Carmel Smith

Waterfront stage at Latitude

Alongside the music, comedy, cabaret and literature, dance is now very much part of the mix at Latitude – the independent arts festival which has been taking over Henham Park, Suffolk every year since 2006 and this year runs from Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 July.

This year most of the dance will be happening on the Waterfront Stage – with Wayne McGregor|Random Dance performing their latest work Atomos and the casts of West End musicals Dirty Dancing and Once bringing extracts of their shows to the open air setting. Much of the Waterfront programme is being presented by Sadler’s Wells, who are bring a wide ranging programme reflecting the diversity of dance on offer in their London venues. “Latitude Festival continues to provide us with a platform to present dance to new audiences, many of whom are seeing the art form for the first time,” says Artistic Director Alistair Spalding. English National Ballet, Candoco and Ballet Revolución are just some of the highlights, alongside new and emerging artists – including eleven members of the National Youth Dance Company. “Dance made by choreographers today is rich and vibrant: it is therefore a real joy to give a glimpse of this vivid world to a new audience at Latitude, making more visible the creativity of new talent as well as household names, alongside some of the youngest performers you will see at Latitude!” adds Eva Martinez (Artistic Programmer and Producer at Sadler’s Wells).

World Tango Champions German Cornejo & Gisela Galeassi will be the first to take to the stage (Thursday 17 July, 8pm and 8.50pm) . They were the lead dancer’s in M¡longa by Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui last year and have also performed at the Peacock Theatre in Tango Fire.

On Friday one of Cuba’s most prominent dance groups, Ballet Revolución, drop in on Latitude as part of their 2014 European tour (5.30pm and also Saturday 19 July at 12pm) and Wayne McGregor|Random Dance, also mid tour, will be performing Atomos.

On Saturday the first of two Sadler’s Wells New Perspectives double bills (2.30pm) brings a different take on dance from some of the worlds most exciting up and coming dancers and companies. Birmingham based choreographer and dancer Sonia Sabri opens the first programme with extracts from her work Ekalya which comes from the Sanskrit word meaning solo. Ekalya is a celebration of classical Indian music and dance, with a contemporary twist. She will be followed by James Cousins – (winner of the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award). his duet There We Have Been , takes inspiration from the troubled relationships portrayed in Haruki Murakami’s bestselling novel, Norwegian Wood.

Sunday’s programme opens with English National Ballet (ENB) returning to Latitude after the success of its Swan Lake performances in 2012. This time they present a double bill of new work by company dancers, including Van Le Ngoc’s Four Seasons (performed to excerpts from Vivaldi’s score) and a new work by James Streeter, In Living Memory… inspired by texts about the First World War. Now led by Artistic Director, internationally renowned ballerina Tamara Rojo, ENB aims to perform ballet anywhere, make innovative collaborations and exciting ways of presenting traditional ballet.

The New Perspectives Sunday double bill showcases Candoco Dance Company the UK’s leading contemporary dance company made up of disabled and non-disabled dancers in duet Two for C by choreographer Javier de Frutos. They will be followed by eleven dancers from the National Youth Dance Company (NYDC), performing a restaged excerpt of Akram Khan’s Vertical Road.

Also look out for physical dance theatre company Gecko and theatre from the Royal Shakespeare Company, Forced Entertainment, Told By An Idiot, Battersea Arts Centre, Lyric Hammersmith, Errollyn Wallen Company, Almeida Theatre, Wishbone, SoHo Playhouse, Look Left Look Right.

Tickets are still available for Latitude
Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 July 2014

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