News: Dance Umbrella 2003

Friday 7 April 2006

Dance Umbrella 25th Anniversary. Dance Umbrella 2003
2003 marks the 25th Anniversary of Dance Umbrella, the UK’s leading annual contemporary dance festival. This year it runs from 28 Sept – 8 Nov.
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Press articles
Debra Craine, Times, 22 Sep 03
Ismene Brown, Telegraph, 20 Sep 03
Judith Mackrell, Guardian, 19 Sep 03

“19 years ago a crazy woman named Val Bourne took a chance and brought me to London. Since then, I’ve seen Val spread her Umbrella over many artists, all of whom love her and know she loves them. Every performance I’ve given in England has been with her and because of her. And it’s impossible for me to imagine an England without Val, without her beautiful organization. Happily, though, this is an imaginative feat that need not be attempted. Long Live Val Bourne! Hail Dance Umbrella! “
Mark Morris

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without Dance Umbrella”
Michael Clark

“I think it’s marvellous that companies from both the United States and Europe will perform in this Dance Umbrella season – the Americans and the English fought in 1776 and now we’ve joined. If we were all in London at the same time we could dance a fandango”
Merce Cunningham

British and international companies and artists featured as part of
Dance Umbrella 2003 include:

At Sadler’s Wells (Box Office 020 78638000) This year’s festival opens with a special Birthday Gala featuring artists who have appeared and been associated with Dance Umbrella throughout its history. Artists confirmed to date include Mark Morris, Trisha Brown, Wayne McGregor, Agnes Oakes & Thomas Edur, Bill T Jones, Matthew Bourne’s Spitfire and the Siobhan Davies Dance Company’s She Bit her Tongue (28 Sep). Also at Sadler’s Wells, a world premiere by Michael Clark working with his largest group of dancers to date and featuring music ranging from the austerity of Erik Satie to the 1970’s Krautrock group CAN plus the blues punk fusion of P J Harvey (1 – 4 Oct); the return of festival regular Trisha Brown Dance Company with a triple bill of contrasting work, including the critically acclaimed Set and Reset, first performed at Dance Umbrella in 1983 (6 – 8 Oct); Luminous by Teshigawara/KARAS featuring a duet performed by Teshigawara himself and blind London dancer Stuart Jackson (11-12 Oct); Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker performing herself in a sensational Rosas company duet which places the audience on the stage (15 – 17 Oct) and Ballett Frankfurt performing the British premiere of William Forsythe’s full-length work Kammer/Kammer set to a score ranging from Bach to minimalist composer and long time collaborator Thom Willems (22 – 25 Oct).

At the Queen Elizabeth Hall (Box Office 020 79604242) a world premiere programme from New York’s Stephen Petronio Company featuring commissioned music by Laurie Anderson and the back catalogue of Lou Reed (18 – 19 Oct); Silver Celebration a unique line-up of distinguished Dance Umbrella artists, featuring a dance film from Akram Khan, Sara Rudner, David Gordon and Valda Setterfield, a solo for Henry Montes by Siobhan Davies, a company work from Richard Alston Dance Company (22 – 23 Oct) and an evening of Dance Umbrella commissioned work by Russell Maliphant Company (25 Oct).

At The Place (Box Office 020 7387 0031) October sees festival returns for Déjà Donné (9-10) Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion (15-17), Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe (26-27) and Sara Pearson/Patrik Widrig and Company (29-30). Also at The Place, a new Dance Umbrella commission from Charles Linehan Company (13-14), a solo by Rosas artistic director Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker (18-19) and first Dance Umbrella festivals for Josef Nadj (6-7) and New York’s John Jasperse Company (21-22).

Greenwich Dance Agency hosts Laurie Booth’s installation performance, Ice/Dreams/Fire, in collaboration with artist Tom Richards and composer Nick Rothwell (28-30 Oct).

At The Barbican (Box Office 08451207511) the UK premiere of Boobies, from Israel’s acclaimed and accessible Inbal Pinto Dance Company (31 Oct – 1 Nov).

At Tate Modern in the Turbine Hall, New York’s Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform Anniversary Events celebrating both the 25th anniversary of Dance Umbrella and the 50th anniversary of MCDC (4 – 8 Nov).

In a new initiative, Matthew Hawkins will tour around the Festival reading extracts from his dance diary at five pre-performance reading events – (Sadler’s Wells 2,12,24 Oct; The Place 16 Oct and Royal Festival Hall 25 Oct).

“It’s just not possible to feature all the wonderful artists who have
participated over a quarter of a century but we have been able to invite a selection, including a couple from the very first Dance Umbrella, alongside first time festival artists”, said Val Bourne, DU Artistic Director and founder

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