News: Stan Won't Dance

Wednesday 23 November 2005

Stan Won’t Dance (ex DV8 artists Liam Steel & Rob Tannion) will continue to be SBC Artists in Residence through to the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall in 2007.

SBC’s Head of Dance and Performance, Julia Carruthers says: SBC’s ‘Artist in Residence’ initiative provides the kind of nurturing that fast-tracks the successful launch of quality artists. In addition to financial support, we offer artistic and administrative mentoring, access to promotional resources and a trusted network of national and international contacts. Akram Khan, who was in residence from 2001 to April of this year, was a fantastic ambassador for SBC throughout the world. Stan Won’t Dance has already garnered much acclaim for their dynamic ability to transcend the barriers between art forms, and I have no doubt the company will continue to enjoy similar success in the future.”

Stan Won’t Dance’s first show, *Sinner* – a self destructive solo for two men, launched the company’s SBC residency, originally for one year in February 2005. The show has subsequently toured successfully in the UK and throughout the US. A new SBC-commissioned touring production is planned for 2006.

Another highlight of the residency has been *Take Action: Stunt Dancing*, a 4-month project in collaboration with local schools, investigating the link between dance, martial arts and motion capture technology. The project culminated in installations, workshops and performances created by professional dancers and students at the Royal Festival Hall Ballroom.

For their next project, the company brings dance and theatre directors together for a day-long seminar entitled *A Picture Paints a Thousand Words* on 10 December (already sold out). Hosted by SBC and led by Steel, the event is a hands-on workshop aimed at professional directors interested in the use of physical imagery in their work.

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