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Summer House at The Place

Posted on May 25, 2011

avenida_corrientes_c_yaniv_cohen_2From July to September, The Place launches Summer House, a new festival of learning, sharing and performance. Artists and enthusiasts of all ages and abilities will come together to form a community, sharing in the dance created and performed at The Place.

 

Participants will be able to join in different activities, including courses and classes, professional seminars, research projects and discussions. The season also features international dance performances in The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre.

 

The Summer Intensives (August 1–19) offer three weeks of dance courses for anyone aged 16 and over, from beginner to advanced level. Each week, there is a residency by one of the UK’s leading dance companies: Akram Khan Company from August 1–5, Phoenix Dance Theatre from August 8–12 and Richard Alston Dance Company from August 15–19.

 

Dozens of professional artists will be developing new work in Choreodrome, The Place’s biennial summer research and development project. Running from July–September, it also includes workshops led by artists Guy Cools, Lin Snelling, Rui Horta and Eleanor Bauer.

 

Some of the works in progress created during Choreodrome will be seen in Touch Wood, a season of performances presented each Thursday and Friday evening in Studios 1 and 2. Participating artists will be announced weekly, with each night’s programme prepared in consideration of the works produced in Choreodrome.

 

The focal point of Summer House will be performances by international companies and performers. These will take place in the Robin Howard Dance Theatre on Thursdays and Fridays, after Touch Wood. The programme includes:

 

August 4                          Rui Horta (Portugal)

August 5                     Bloom!  (Hungary)

August 11–12              RootlessRoot Company (Greece)

August 18–19              Eleanor Bauer (USA)

September 1–2            Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel)

September 8–9            Itamar Serussi Sahar (Netherlands) and Public in Private (Germany)

September 15 – 16      Alan Lucien Øyen’s Winter Guests (Norway)

 

There will also be a series of talks, seminars and social events where everyone involved in Summer House is invited to meet and join in.

 

See www.theplace.org.uk for further details.

Picture: Daniel Proietto in Alan Lucien Øyen’s Avenida Corriente. Photograph: Yaniv Cohen.

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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