News: Dance & performance at Southbank Centre next Spring

Thursday 20 November 2014 by Carmel Smith

Sasha Waltz & Guests 'd'avant' Photo: Sebastian Bolesch

Southbank Centre has announced its Spring 2015 performance and dance programme. The year starts with six shows as part of the London International Mime Festival, with the London premiere of Knights of the Invisible (Iona Kewney and Joseph Quimby) Black Regent combining dance, contortion and live music (12-13 January) being the most likely to appeal to dance audiences.

Head of Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre Wendy Martin has selected several shows which were sell out successes at this year’s Edinburgh Festival, including two productions by Scottish Dance Theatre, choreographed by their Artistic Director Fleur Darkin . Innocence is an interactive performance for young children (8 and 10 April) based on the poetry of William Blake and Miann, which takes its name from the Gaelic word for desire, is a raw, ritualistic dance piece inspired by the Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis with live music by Glasgow folk group The One Ensemble and costumes from Linbury Prize-winning designer Alexandra Ruth (9 April).

All male contemporary dance performances have been a talking point recently (see Q&A with Joe Moran) and this season sees two contrasting shows performed by men only – Opening Night is an improvised work with live traditional folk music inspired by the shared past and Slovak heritage of all-male dance collective Les SlovaKs (28-29 March) and another chance to see Company Chameleon’s Beauty of the Beast – a dynamic new full-length work exploring man and masculinity for an all male cast of six, choreographed by Co-Artistic Director Anthony Missen (21-22 April) – after its London premiere with one night at The Place this month (18 Nov).

Classed at performance rather than dance, a new Southbank Centre commission, The Spalding Suite (29 April-2 May), conceived by Inua Ellams is a mix of spoken word poetry, storytelling, music and dance which explores UK basketball culture. Performed by five male dancers who all have previous experience playing basketball, the piece takes inspiration from UK basketball culture and features choreography inspired by the game, beat-boxing from Jason Singh, and spoken word by a variety of established poets.

In March, English National Ballet (who recently announced a new partnership with Sadler’s Wells) return to Southbank Centre with their annual competition featuring performances from six of their most promising dancers, the Emerging Dancer Award (23 March),

The season concludes with the UK premiere of the Germany based Sasha Waltz & Guest’s d’avant (6-7 May) includes medieval song and dance from Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Luc Dunberry and Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola.

Photo: Sasha Waltz & Guests d’avant by Sebastian Bolesch

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