News: New Year's Resolution!

Wednesday 29 December 2010

Resolution! – The Place’s annual platform for new contemporary choreography opens on Thursday 6 January. Between then and Friday 19 February 102 companies and individuals will take part in 34 performances (three each evening). Since it started in 1990, Resolution! has seen early work by many of the UK’s best known choreographers including Wayne McGregor, Mark Baldwin, Rafael Bonachela, Javier de Frutos, Henri Oguike, Jasmin Vardimon, Kate Prince and Hofesh Shechter.

The random eclectic nature of the Resolution! season is all part of the fun. So who to look our for this year? It’s not really in the spirit of the thing to cherry pick, but there has to be a reason to choose a particular evening unless you go for the authentic lucky dip experience. The Royal Ballet principal dancer Edward Watson is dancing in Rambert dancer Kirill Burlov’s Burst Dance Project on Saturday 12 February and another Rambert member – Hubert Essakow appears on Thursday 10 February. Mark Smith’s Deaf Men Dancing (featured on this site recently) are on Saturday 22 January and opening night (Thursday 6 January) features Janina Rajakangas, a regular performer with Frauke Requardt. Global Dance Contest winner James Wilton premiered his winning piece _*The Shortest Day* _in Resolution! 2010 – which will now be performed as part of Sadler’s Wells Sampled on 28 & 29 January. His new work for Resolution! 2011 must be one to watch on Tuesday 15 February.

There are three strands to the programme. Six of the companies performing are from European countries outside of the UK and are presented as part of the Aerowaves (A) programme. Selected by a panel of 35 European dance experts from over 500 video submissions, this year’s Aerowaves companies are from Sweden, Greece, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. 64 companies are making their choreographic debuts in the season’s First Footing (F) and 32 companies are returnees and part of the Evolution (E) strand. Each evening has a selection from at least two strands.
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