• Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Kélina Gotman: Writing the ‘Dancing Disease’

    Dance, Performance and Medicine

    Thurs 19th May 2011
    1-2pm
    Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO6 (tbc)
    Free admission

    When I set out to start my research on ‘dance manias’, I thought I was looking at a transhistorical, transnational phenomenon: people banding together to dance, ecstatically, collectively, from India and ancient Greece to the raves of the 1990s. I eventually realised I was mistaken, and the ‘dance manias’ were a myth. What I discovered was that much of my literature was from medical sources, and most from the nineteenth century. This troubled me, until I realised that the real object of my research was nineteenth-century medical discourse, and the ‘invention’ of this epidemic disease. But what was the story I was to tell now? A philosophical one? A dance history? What if this wasn’t dance?

    Please note: free tickets for this production should be booked through the Chichester Festival Theatre Box Office on 01243 781312.

  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Nic Sandiland: Witnessing Gravity through Movement

    Gravity 2011 Spring

    Installation

    Thurs 27th Jan 2011
    12-1pm
    Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO6 (tbc)
    Free admission

    In live performance both audience and performers experience a common pull of gravity creating a universal sense of “down” both on and off stage. Post-modern art however has frequently sought to question assumed stabilities through a shifting of the viewer’s perception. Nic Sandiland will talk about the research and production leading towards Gravity Shift, an installation which presents human movement where the pull of gravity has been dynamically distorted.

    Please note: free tickets for this production should be booked through the Chichester Festival Theatre Box Office on 01243 781312.

    Photo credit: Nic Sandiland
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Yael Flexer: The space in-between dancing and the everyday

    Yael Flexer 2011 Spring

    Dance and Choreography

    Thurs 3rd Feb 2011
    12-1pm
    Venue: Bishop Otter Campus: Room LO6 (tbc)
    Free admission

    Yael will discuss her on-going MPhil/PhD research encompassing three internationally touring productions of live work as well as interactive installations presented in Galleries and public spaces. In this presentation she will focus on the live works Shrink’d (2005-06), Doing, Done & Undone (2007-08) and her most recent work The Living Room (2009-11) looking at the ways in which these works point to, disrupt and traverse the theatrical frame engendering an informal and intimate mode of performance that asks the audience to consider the everyday.

    Please note: free tickets for this production should be booked through the Chichester Festival Theatre Box Office on 01243 781312.

    Photo credit: Chris Nash
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Tinned Fingers

    Tinned Fingers 2011 Spring

    The Last Romance Club [ever]

    Thu 20 Jan 2011
    7.30pm
    £3
    Age: 14+

    We are hopeful. We are looking for love. We want to get lucky. We want to serenade you outside your window at night. We want to give you our last rolo. We can’t sing but, for you, we’ll try.

    The Last Romance Club (ever) is an exploration of romance and loneliness and the ways in which the two are implicitly bound up in each other. It is about lonely hearts and late night radio stations, iconic film scenes and clichés and chance encounters: it is about nostalgia and the romance we imagine we might have lost, or never had, and it is about trying to be honest, which is always harder than we expect.

    Tinned Fingers are a group of artists with backgrounds in writing, theatre and visual arts who work collaboratively to create experimental live performance and interactive events.

    www.tinnedfingers.co.uk.
    Photo credit: Chris Collier

  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    The Paper Birds

    Paper Birds 2011 Spring

    Others

    Thu 17 Mar 2011
    7.30pm
    Full £10 / Conc £6 / Schools & Colleges £5
    Age: 12+

    Paper, pens and envelopes offer peepholes into strangers’ worlds, where secrets, self portraits and confessions are shared though a series of armchair interrogations. Based on a six-month exchange of letters and emails with an Iranian artist, a prisoner and a celebrity; The Paper Birds offer a visual and political exploration of ‘Other’ women, deconstructing the stories and voices of women from east and west, from different sides of the television screen and different sides of the law.

    Through live music, movement, verbatim text The Paper Birds attempt to represent three absent women and question if it is possible to better understand ‘Other’ women or indeed ourselves.

    ‘Others’ has been funded by the Arts Council England and supported by The Junction; Ustinov Studio Theatre; Camden People’s Theatre; Sheffield Theatres and The ShowRoom.

    “The Paper Birds continue to be physically ingenious, fresh-faced, thoughtful and funny”
    TOTAL THEATRE

    www.thepaperbirds.com

    Photo credit: Elle Moreton
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Analogue

    Analogue 2011 Spring

    Beach Head

    Thu 17 Feb 2011
    7.30pm
    Full £10 / Conc £6 / Schools & Colleges £5
    Age: 14+

    It’s been a month since Stephen jumped.

    Amy collects her husband’s effects, the things he had with him gathered in a single box. There was no sign – no warning. As fractured memories of their last night together rewind, replay and unravel, she is desperate to find out why.

    Joe and Matt are making a documentary. Whilst reviewing their footage they make a startling discovery that will take their film in an unexpected direction – the blurred image of a man jumping from the cliffs.

    Beachy Head is a powerful look at the ripple effects of one man’s decision to take his life. Mixing text, 3D animation and a dynamic physicality, Beachy Head is the follow up to the award-winning Mile End from “visionary young company” Analogue (Metro).

    “A quietly splendid production, magically well staged: it lingers long.”
    Observer

    Commissioned and originally co-produced by New Wolsey Theatre. Co-commissioned by Farnham Maltings.

    www.analogueproductions.co.uk

    Photo credit: Geraint Lewis (Analogue 1.jpg) and Mike Kwasinak (Analogue 2.jpg)
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    EDge, The Postgraduate Dance Company of London Contemporary Dance School

    EDge 2011 Spring

    EDge 2011

    Thu 7 Apr 2011
    7.30pm
    Full £10 / Conc £6 / Schools & Colleges £5
    Age: 12+

    Each year a new generation of the most promising contemporary dancers come together as EDge to perform commissions by some of Europe’s most exciting and critically acclaimed young choreographers. Led by celebrated new Artistic Director Jeanne Yasko, EDge’s 2011 tour showcases performances by a strong and diverse ensemble of five men and seven women, all trained at the world’s most notable dance conservatoires.

    The programme features new full length pieces by leading international artists Ben Duke (UK), Jorge Crecis (Spain) and Martin Forsberg (Sweden) alongside other works including Jeremy James’ My Big Pants . Each choreographer brings their own unique approach to create contemporary dance filled with high-level energy and technical excellence that pushes the performers to their limits and leaves you on the edge of your seat.

    “fresh and exciting to watch”
    Dance Expression

    www.lcds.ac.uk

    Photo credit: Nuno Santos
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    mapdance

    mapdance 2011 Spring

    mapdance 2011

    Thu 10 Mar 2011
    7.30pm
    Full £10 / Conc £6 / Schools & Colleges £5
    Age: 12+

    Celebrating its 5th year, mapdance is one of the leading postgraduate dance companies in the UK. Recruiting dancers nationally and internationally mapdance commissions new repertoire from renown and upcoming contemporary choreographers and directors. This year the company has commissioned works by Rose English, Yaara Dolev (The Tel-Aviv Dance Company), Ben Duke (Lost Dog) & Darren Ellis (RADC & Random) as well as restaging Gregory Maqoma’s powerful work Zola Station. Ranging in style and emotion, mapdance’s programme offers a diverse and refreshing mixture of dance theatre, lyrical choreography, punchy physicality and intriguing humour. It is a mixed bill that offers something for everyone.

    “Inches from its audience, the troupe radiated energy. A sharp and pithy
    showcase…rare to find and thrilling to watch”

    Lisa Wolfe, Total Theatre 2009

    www.mapdance.org

    Photo credit: Chris Nash
  • Archived Events/ Spring 2011

    Lîla Dance

    Lila Dance 2011 Spring

    In Our Blood

    Thu 10 Feb 2011
    7:30pm
    Full £10 / Conc £6 / Schools & Colleges £5
    Age 14+

    Inspired by the potential of dance to communicate the most intangible and emotional of human experiences, Lîla Dance present three stunning works: A Readiness, Tracker and Here, still Here, Still. Propelling the work forward in all three pieces is Lîla’s ability to combine intense dynamic physicality with raw emotional sensitivity, which in turn draws audiences into their journey and the world created on stage.

    Identified as a company to watch, Lîla Dance have garnered impressive reviews following performances at Resolution! at The Place – from this came an invitation to take part in The Place’s renowned Choreodrome programme. They have also been mentored by Hofesh Shechter and are an associate company of The Point, Eastleigh.

    Presented on the evening will be a short curtain-raiser by West Sussex Youth Dance Company and an additional piece choreographed by Lîla Dance and performed by students from Chichester College.

    www.liladance.co.uk

    Photo credit: James Rowbotham