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Dance at the Blue Elephant

Posted on October 3, 2012

The Blue Elephant Theatre, in Camberwell, London, marks Black History Month with a dance double bill. In What The Soul Can’t Hide/Harbour, choreographer Heather Cupid brings contemporary, Afro-contemporary and Caribbean styles together. The two stories create a journey of personal battle, cultural difference and finally celebration. The show runs from October 4 to 6.

Later this month, the Blue Elephant presents Signs, Games and Messages, which mixes electronics, choreography and cutting edge composers. The show is by Sounding Motion, a new company of musicians and dancers who have graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban and the Duncan Centre Conservatory. They aim to explore meetings of music and dance, with choreography by Imogen Bland, Anne Marie Kristensen and Dominick Mitchell-Bennett. The music is by György Kurtág, Tigran Mansurian, Javier Alvarez and Sounding Motion’s resident composer Benjamin Graves.

Signs, Games and Messages is at the Blue Elephant from October 24 to 27. Tickets for both shows are available from


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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