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    Autumn 2017

    The ShowRoom has built a reputation for presenting some of the most exciting companies touring on the UK circuit to the South East.

    We actively seek artists and companies whose practice is innovative and exploratory in form and content and, through collaboration and partnership, we seek to produce and present a programme of extraordinary work which questions and develops arts practice in the 21st Century and presents opportunities for audiences to experience this work at every stage of its development.

    What’s On
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    Christopher Brett Bailey

    Christopher Brett Bailey credit nathan hoste

    Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight

    THU 21 SEP 2017 | 7.30pm | Full £10 Conc £6 |AGE 16 plus

    Clouds of haze and crumbling walls of transcendent noise, KISSING THE SHOTGUN GOODNIGHT is a neo-noir fever dream and 120 decibel suicide note. A juggernaut of music-theatre. Three musicians, piano corpses and the sci-fi poetry of a disembodied voice. A nocturnal meditation crooned into the swollen abyss. Soothing drones and crushing metal, swamps of feedback and pools of reverb, clattering rhythms and throbbing bass. A return to the womb for those who wish they could crawl back inside mother to hide.

    Supported by Arts Council England. Originally commissioned by Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Cambridge Junction, Ovalhouse, Theatre in the Mill, and Theatr Iolo. With thanks to Hackney Showroom.

    WhatsOnStage ★ ★ ★ ★
    ‘a hallucinatory journey of dark intensity…a total, immersive sensory experience…a burning-up roar’

    The Stage ★ ★ ★
    ‘a thumping industrial noise-scape, a sensory onslaught…’

    www.christopherbrettbailey.com

    Image Credit – Nathan Hoste
  • Autumn 2017/ Dance/ ShowRoom Commissions/ What's On

    Tavaziva

    Izindava-3-Tony-Hay

    Izindava

    THU 28 SEP 2017 | Full £10 Conc £6 | 7.30pm | AGE 12 plus

    Izindava is dynamic, bold and breath-taking to watch.

    Bawren Tavaziva’s new work explores human fragility within our changing world.
    Beautiful yet haunting and provocative, Izindava unearths raw emotions that are unsettling and unforgettable.

    Bawren’s unbridled and intricate movement synthesises ballet, contemporary and African dance styles and is performed by a cast of stunning dancers with a film-scape of street life in Harare.

    Izindava translates as ‘news’ in the Zimbabwean language Shona.

    The dancers are DYNAMITE
    The Guardian, Africarmen

    Tavaziva’s facility for devising hot, liquid motion is indisputable… His seven strong cast is sharp, swift and superbly fit
    The Times, Africarmen

    www.tavazivadance.com

    Image credit – Tony Hay
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    Tribe

    Tribe Dance Image Credit – Harry Cauty

    Still I Rise

    THU 5 OCT 2017 | Full £10 Conc £6 | 7.30pm | AGE 14 +

    tribe dance by harry cautyFormer Cando and Jasmin Vardimon Company dancer Victoria Fox Marciewkz previews her new work Still I Rise. Raw and energetic dance combined with instinctual physicality inspired by the powerful and defiant words of Maya Angelou’s poem of the same name.
    Five daring female dancers begin a journey of simmering unison, restless duets and tender solos all performed with a gut-wrenching power. Pounding rhythms drive the movement and create an intense stark world where hope dies last. Falling down, gathering up…we rise.

    visceral and fearless, this is uncommonly intelligent work
    Kate Larsen

    packed with both physical invention and emotional intensity
    Sanjay Roy

    Supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts

    www.tribecompany.co.uk

    Image Credit – Harry Cauty
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    Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor

    Two Room Apartment photo-gadi-dagon

    Two Room Apartment

    THU 12 OCT | Full £10 Conc £6 | 7.30pm | AGE 15 plus

    Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor by gadi dagonTwo Room Apartment brings Sheinfeld & Laor to the stage for a duet that reflects on their relationship as partners in life and as creators. Both personal and political, the work examines boundaries in various contexts: physical borders such as between territories or between two rooms, but also non-physical borders, such as the one between life and performance, and the boundaries that the individual sets for himself. The work uses a simple dance language and a minimalist aesthetic, and explores the notion of life as a framework in which a precise, almost compulsive repetition of customs and behaviours takes place.

    The work suggests a re-imagining of the original performance created by Liat Dror and Nir Ben Gal that premiered in 1987 in Tel-Aviv. It is considered a milestone in the development of independent Israeli choreography.

    Everything is open, accessible. Niv and Oren imbued the work with their intimate relationship and emotions, and the result is fascinating.
    Ora Brafman, Dance Talk

    Image Credit – Gadi Dagon
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    Publick Transport

    We Are Bronte - image by Alex Brenner

    We Are Bronte

    THU 16 NOV 2017 |Full £10 Conc £6 |7.30pm |AGE 15 plus

    We Are Brontë is a piece of comic visual theatre inspired by the real and imaginary worlds of Yorkshire’s literary siblings, presented in Publick Transport’s playful and irreverent style. Physical theatre collides with stand-up, clowning and improvisation as two performers deconstruct not only gothic themes of love, madness, repression and revenge, but also themselves. Part play, part enquiry into the act of putting on a play, this promises to be no ordinary Brontë adaptation.

    Created and performed by Angus Barr and Sarah Corbett.

    Directed by Ed Rapley.

    a mini comedic masterpiece…ambitious, risk-taking, edgy, just downright different.
    ★★★★★ StageTalk Magazine

    masters of their art
    ★★★★ The Scotsman

    www.chezbarr.f2s.com

    Image credit – Alex Brenner