News: New dance presenting venue in Docklands

Monday 24 March 2014

Canada Water Culture Space

Canada Water Culture Space opened two years ago and recently celebrated its one millionth visitor. Managed by the team behind Deptford’s experimental space the Albany, the venue has recently been supporting two local emerging artists to devise new work over a six month residency. This season has seen more dance at the venue, with State of Emergency performing Love&Sex last month, and new community dance project In Curious Company, in partnership with Arts Odyssey running in April.

This week there’s a treat in store for fans of experimental performance as the venue throws its doors open to Inconvenient Spoof’s solo Naïve Dance Masterclass on Thursday. Already a hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, the show netted Rudkin a nomination for ‘Best Male Performer’ at the Brighton Fringe festival in 2012 and now makes its London debut in Docklands.

Structured as a tutorial on the nature of contemporary performance, Naïve Dance Masterclass uses spoken word, puppetry, hula-hooping and dance to take an irreverent look at the clichés and pretensions of contemporary live art. Helmed by Matt Rudkin – a circus and street theatre performer for over a decade and currently a senior lecturer at Brighton University – is no stranger to either the many forms of contemporary performance or the sometimes bewildering discourse that surrounds it. This solo pokes sharp-eyed fun at both the conventions of live art and the way in which performance afficionados often discuss it – with plenty of provocative good humour but a serious point at its heart.

Canada Water Culture Space opened two years ago recently celebrated its 1 millionth visitor. Managed by the team behind Deptford’s experimental the Albany, the venue has recently been supporting two local emerging artists to devise new work over a six month residency. This season has seen more dance at the venue, with State of Emergency performing Love&Sex last month, and new community dance project In Curious Company running in April.

Expect seemingly random juxtapositions of street theatre, toy dolls and a 40-something man dancing like a five-year old child – or, as Edinburgh’s Three Weeks magazine has it, “Less of a dance masterclass and more like watching ‘Dirty Dancing’ on acid whilst the world slowly implodes.” If that sounds like your cup of tea then head down to Canada Water for an hour of thought-provoking entertainment!

Thursday 27th March, 7:30pm
Ages 16+
canadawaterculturespace.org.uk

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