News: Love Tomorrow - coming soon

Thursday 20 September 2012 by Carmel Smith

Love Tomorrow, a feature film which will have its world premiere as part of the Raindance Film Festival next month, has dance and London very much at its centre. The story – about a chance encounter and 24 hour relationship between two people who are dancers, is filmed in locations across London, including Camden, Hammersmith and Greenwich, taking in many places which Londoners will know, but aren’t often seen on screen (Mile End, Victoria Park..) – and dance venues like Sadler’s Wells and Trinity Laban.

Dancers Cindy Jourdain (Paris Opera, Royal Ballet, English National Ballet – and recently Ballet Coordinator for the Olympic Closing Ceremony) and Arionel Vargas (English National Ballet and a guest artist with companies worldwide) play the central roles, with Miguel Altunaga (like Vargas, also from Cuba and currently dancing with Rambert) and ENB Principal Begoña Cao also appearing in character roles.

Writer and Director Christopher Payne says his original idea for the story crystalised after seeing a contemporary dance piece at The Place: “I immediately realised that dance was a thrilling, visual way of expressing the turning points of a developing relationship.”

Once a professional dancer, producer Stephanie Moon still takes class at Rambert – where she met Altunaga, who introduced her to Vargas. It was her idea to bring Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt (aka the Balletboyz) on board as co-producers and choreographers, one time Royal Ballet dancers themselves and more recently Emmy award winning film makers – “They had a foot in both camps, and importantly, they knew how to film dance.”

The dance scenes – which range from ballet viewed from the wings of Sadler’s Wells, through ballroom and ballet classes, a salsa party, to an improvised solo under a bridge, a contemporary dance audition and a wonderful dance by Jordain and Vargas in a South London park – are an integral and authentic part of this film – and it will be worth seeing for that alone.

Love Tomorrow is being shown as part of the Raindance Film Festival, London. Darcey Bussell and Carolos Acosta will be attending the World Premiere screening on 4 October – and there is further screening on 6 October

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