News: Stan Won't Dance

Monday 13 December 2004

The South Bank Centre is consolidating its relationship with Rob Tannion, currently Dance Artist In Residence at SBC, by inviting his company Stan Won’t Dance to become Artists In Residence for one year from February 2005.

Tannion created Stan Won’t Dance during his tenure at the South Bank, with fellow ex-DV8 lead performer Liam Steel. The new residency is launched at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 12 February 2005 with a re-worked version of their acclaimed show, Sinner – a self destructive solo for two men, which premiered at the Purcell Room in May last year. As Artists in Residence Stan Won’t Dance will be involved in a programme of commissions, performances, projects with South Bank Centre Education and research and collaborations with different areas of the centre’s wide-ranging activities. SBC will support the development of the company and its work, assist with its international profile and help to build its relationships with other venues and festivals around the UK and internationally.

Future plans include a major project in Spring 2005, Take Action: Stunt Dancing, in which Tannion will work with teenagers to explore animated gaming characters and motion capture systems.

The Stan Won’t Dance residency follows a tradition of choreographers and dancers in residence at the South Bank Centre, which in addition to Rob Tannion have included Akram Khan (SBC Associate Artist until April 2005), Stephanie Schober and Jonathan Burrows. Head of Dance and Performance at the South Bank Centre, Julia Carruthers says: “When Stan Won’t Dance performed Sinner for the first time in the Purcell Room last May (during Rob Tannion’s tenure as Dance Artist in Residence), we immediately knew it was the beginning of something fresh and exciting which we wanted to support. We welcome them as Artists in Residence at the South Bank Centre.”

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