News: Dance GB

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Dance GB launch in Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich.  Photo: Annabel Moeller.

Next summer the three national dance companies of the UK – English National Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and Scottish Ballet will be joining together to celebrate the Olympics in a creative collaboration which takes inspiration from the Olympic ideals “faster, higher, stronger.”

*Dance GB* a programme of new works by high profile choreographers will tour to Glasgow’s Theatre Royal (19 – 23 June) and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff (28 – 30 June), with the final performances part of a week long series of events in a Big Top tent in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich (4 – 8 July) – as part of Big Dance 2012.

Each company will be commissioning a new work for the Dance GB programme Martin Lawrence, who has danced and made work with Richard Alston Dance Company will be working with Scottish Ballet, one time Artistic Director of Rambert Dance Company Christopher Bruce with National Dance Company Wales and Itzik Galili whose work is performed by Dutch National Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company and Rambert Dance Company amongst others, is paired with English National Ballet.

Scottish Ballet’s piece will feature designs by Turner Prize winning artist Martin Boyce. The Glasgow born artist first worked with the Company in a session of choreographic workshops exploring the relationship between dance and visual art in 2010.

Itzik Galili’s new piece for English National Ballet is called And the Earth shall bear again. It is performed to music for Prepared Piano by John Cage and features dancers from ten nations – including Senior Principals Elena Glurdjidze, Erina Takahashi, and Fernanda Oliviera, as well as rising stars Vadim Muntagirov, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Esteban Berlanga and Laurretta Summerscales.

Alongside the performances of Dance GB, Learning teams from each company will work together on *Dancing Parallel* , a national project bringing together 60 young people from local schools in Aberdeen, Cardiff and London. The young dancers will work with professional dance artists from the three companies for eight months, developing new skills including ballet, parkour and contemporary dance – with Nic Sandiland making a film of their work to be shown alongside Dance GB.

Tickets are now on sale
19 – 23 June, Glasgow Theatre Royal
28 – 30 June, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff**
4 – 8 July, big top tent in grounds of Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich

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