News: New Year's Resolution at The Place

Friday 8 January 2016

Resolution 2016 at The Place
Photo: Chris Nash

The 27th edition of Resolution festival is underway now at The Place and runs until Friday 19 February. Across 26 nights, 78 companies take to the stage to test the limits of dance through bold ideas and movement. Choreographers have drawn upon diverse movement styles, commenting upon and exploring themes of cultural traditions, gender, immigration, literature, love, science, sexuality and social change.

This year, the annual festival for new dance has partnered with several other London based organisations Akademi, Breakin’ Convention, Jacksons Lane and Rambert to support a wide range of emerging talent and present the latest trends in contemporary performance

Some of the highlights from partner organisations include:

  • South Asian Dance Agency presents Akademi Subhash Viman Dance Company (12 January) in Shãn – a meeting of South Asian dance & ancient Chinese philosophy.
  • Jackson’s Lane, the north London venue which includes cutting edge circus in its repertoire, presents Le lien ne fait pas le Fagot by Nikki & JD – a story of two people searching for love told through acrobatics and hand balancing (18 February).
  • Sasha Milavic Davies, the founding member of The Yard Theatre and, most recently, Assistant Director on Akram Khan’s Until The Lions, brings her own choreography to life with eight dancers and a cellist (13 February).
  • Breakin’ Convention, the Sadler’s Wells based international festival of hip hop dance theatre presents Sigh who explore hip hop influenced by elements of Kabuki theatre in Kasa (30 January).

There’s also the chance to see dancers with some of the UKs most prominent companies in their own works – Julie Cunningham, dancer with Michael Clark Company asks whether we should trust our gut instincts (10 February); Pierre Tappon of Rambert performs a solo to the flute music J S Bach (23 January); and Oihana Vesga Bujan of Richard Alston Dance Company choreographing a duet inspired by the words of Victor Borge for Pirenaika Dance (16 January).

The closing night features the powerful athleticism of Salah El Brogy Company (19 February) in Glitch which explores memory loss.

Resolution is the place to discover the unexpected, to sample future performance trends before they migrate to larger stages and possibly discover the next big thing in dance. Almost all of today’s top UK-based contemporary choreographers presented their earliest work at this platform, including Wayne MacGregor, Hofesh Shechter, Kate Prince, Luca Silvestrini and more recently Tony Adigun, James Cousins and Sarah Blanc.

£15, concessions £11
Full programme listing for Resolution 2016 www.theplace.org.uk/resolution

Photo: Chris Nash

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