News: Resolution! 2015

Wednesday 10 December 2014 by Carmel Smith

Resolution! 2015. Photo: Chris Nash

The programme for next month’s Resolution! – the platform for emerging dance makers which traditionally kick starts the new year in to action – has been announced. Eighty four companies will be performing, three a night, across 28 nights from Thursday 8 January to Saturday 21 February.

“The most exciting thing about Resolution! is the one thing that has stayed the same over the last 26 years, and that’s the ethos of supporting new choreography and choreography that is about trying out new ideas,” says Eddie Nixon, Director of Theatre and Artist Development at The Place. “I’m really excited to have Breakin’ Convention and National Centre for Circus Arts on board this year, to bring the best new choreography to The Place, and encourage different audiences to meld and mingle. It’s an extra fresh twist for the Resolution! kaleidoscope. Time to take another look.”

Some of the highlights, representing just a small fraction of the talent on offer, include:
The Ashes: Dance Collective (Sat 10 Jan) created by former Phoenix dancers
#PPL Dance Company (Tue 13 Jan) led by Dani Harris-Walters and Sia Gbamoi who appeared on Got to Dance, fresh 2013 and Breakin’ Convention 2014
Estela Merlos (Sat 24 Jan) who has performed with Rambert and DV8 at Tate Modern
Joan Clevillé (Sat 24 Jan) who has choreographed for Scottish Dance Theatre and worked with Lost Dog and Caroline Bowditch
Yukiko Masui (Wed 1 4 Feb) who has worked with Rosie Kay Dance Theatre and Avant Garde
Joshua Beamish’s duet for Royal Ballet artists Nicol Edmonds and Matthew Ball (Fri 20 Feb)
National Centre for Circus Arts co-presents Efecto Chopped (Fri 13 Feb) and a solo performance by Hege Eriksdatter Østefjells called Potatoes and Sauce (Thu 19 Feb)
Breakin’ Convention co-presents two companies, Sean Graham (Sat 14 Feb) and Protocol Dance Company (Sat 21 Feb) who explore themes of race and masculinity

A key part of Resolution! is what happens off the stage and behind the scenes. Supported by The Place’s professional team, participating companies receive technical advice in one of the best resourced dance theatres of its kind and also take part in a series of workshops designed to give a comprehensive insight into all aspects of the profession, from lighting and design, press, marketing and social media, to project management and applying for funding.

Young video makers who are on training courses at the Roundhouse are given the chance to experience filming live dance. Two successful applicants get practical mentoring sessions with The Place’s directors and camera operators, and the chance to be part of the film crew for Resolution!

Aspiring writers also have the chance to get involved. In Resolution! Review they work with six leading dance critics (Josephine Leask, Donald Hutera, Sanjoy Roy, Keith Watson, Graham Watts*and *Lyndsey Winship), who mentor them throughout the season. Every performance in Resolution! is reviewed by both a professional and an aspiring writer, and posted on The Place’s website within 24 hours of the performance. In 2015 we’ll be featuring some of their reviews on londondance.com every week.

Full line up & programme details:
www.theplace.org.uk

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