News: Dancing Houses

Monday 22 September 2003

Dancing Houses – London Open House
The annual London Open House weekend takes place on 20 & 21 September 2003 and is London’s biggest architectural event, giving Londoners and visitors alike the chance to visit over 500 buildings across the capital – many of them normally closed to the public. London Open house is again collaborating with a number of dance organisations inspired by the architecture revealed over this unique weekend and several buildings will be enlivened by specially-choreographed performances that explore their fabric and structure.

Creekside, Deptford, London SE8
Installation tours at Sat 10.30am, 12 noon, 2pm, and 3.30pm. Pre-book ONLY. Phone 020 8469 9500; max. 20 per tour
An installation and dance performance. Choreographer Angela Woodhouse and artist Caroline Broadhead create a performance space which is shared by the audience and performers Karl Sullivan (Arc Dance Company) and Marcia Pook (Frantic Assembly). It looks at the notion of disclosure and secrecy within a confined space; how intimacy can be explored and how this can be reconciled with the ultimate separateness of one individual to another. Performers and viewers come face to face as they witness a series of events that unfold between two people at the Laban Centre.

Greenwich Dance Agency
The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, LONDON SE10 8RE
The Windows Were walled
Performance tours at Sat 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm.
Resident choreographer Athina Vahla collaborates with Gail Sneddon to animate hidden spaces at Greenwich Dance Agency. Using the theme of glass as a symbol of fragility and reflection, visitors are guided through miniature surreal worlds where characters inhabit their own haunted places. In the setting of the magnificent 1930’s Borough Hall, a series of audiovisual landscapes are created to reveal a cast of familiar faces. (East London Dance has created three very different programmes across east London with Stratford Circus, Bower House and the Queen’s Theatre.)

Stratford Circus
Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX
The Reel Bollywood
Performance times on the hour every hour, 1pm-5pm.
Dance artist Chix Chandaria creates The Reel Bollywood. transforming Stratford Circus into a contemporary Bollywood film set. Seeing and looking through the glass walls and through the lens of a camera, you enter The Reel Bollywood and become part of the action as you are transported around the building.

Bower House
Bower House, Orange Tree Hill, Havering-atte-Bower, Essex RM4 1PD. Bower House is a grade 1 listed building
Bower ‘Dancing’ House
Performances every hour on the hour, Sat, from 10am-5pm
The ‘trompe l’oeil’, the Palladian elegance and the landscaped vistas over London will dance before your very eyes. Dancers breathe new life into the history of the Bower House through movement, reflection, sound and artwork created by children and adults from the local and surrounding community.

The Queen’s Theatre
Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT
Performances – Sat 20th Sept.
Dance tours every other hour, Sat 10am-4pm
Members of the local community perform innovative new dance, choreographed by Liz Marsh and Kraig Thornber, as a moving celebration of our architectural heritage. Visit non-public areas of our unique building – the backstage dressing rooms, wings, stage and rehearsal space – as some of the theatrical magic is revealed behind the scenes of a producing theatre.

The Place
17 Dukes Road, London, WC1H 9PY
See Through Dance
Performances on the hour, 12 Noon-5pm
Associate Artist Andile Sotiya aspires to take dance out of traditional spaces and into the public realm, illuminating the extent that design choices in architecture affect
the way people move and are perceived in space. Dance photographer/filmmaker Benedict Johnson has been commissioned to produce PROject dance, a film installation of dancers performing site-specific choreography. The images will be projected in key architectural spaces, taking the appearance of an ‘x-ray’ of the historic building. The hour long performance tours will include additional dance activities.

Jerwood Space
171 Union Street, London SE10LN

  • Biped*
    Performances every hour starting at 1.30pm-4.40pm (Sat & Sun)
    Performed by Rashpal Singh Bansal and Co.
    A cyclical installation for three dancers, created specifically for the new Glasshouse at Jerwood Space. It is a sensitive response to the architecture of the new space with a mixture of set and improvised movement vocabulary.

Vilar Floral Hall, Royal Opera House
Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD
Perception Factory
Performances 2pm-7pm, on the hour
Choreographer Lisa Torun interprets the theme of glass in the restored glass and ironwork Vilar Floral Hall of the Royal Opera House. Perception Factory is a site-specific work that explores the peripheral perception of the transparency of glass – glass as a membrane. Lisa’s choreography has been seen as part of the Outside In programme in the ROH’s Clore Studio Upstairs over the past two years.

Public information line 09001 600 061 (60p per min)
The buildings guide will be available from 1st September in borough libraries, online (link below) or by sending an A5 SAE (42p stamp) and a cheque for £2 (payable to London Open House) to PO Box 25361, London NW5 1GY.

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