DanceEast announce their Autumn Season with an extraordinary range of dance performances for audiences to enjoy, including premieres, new artists to Ipswich, and the return of some familiar choreographers.
“We are always excited by the diversity of the work we present, and this autumn is no exception. It really is a fantastic line up. We are also very proud to be bringing the best of contemporary dance in the UK here to Ipswich. We know that money is going to be tight this autumn, so we have decided to keep our ticket prices frozen. Despite all the challenges of the last few years, we are absolutely delighted to be presenting live performances again, and we are looking forward to sharing some of that joy with everyone who visits the Jerwood DanceHouse this season.” – Brendan Keaney OBE, Artistic Director and CEO, DanceEast
The Autumn Season starts with new Associate Artists, Sarah Golding and Yukiko Masui, who are SAY. This will be the first time the company have performed at the Jerwood DanceHouse, and it is also the premiere of their new work, the album. With fast-paced and slick dance routines performed to incredible moving tracks, SAY will challenge the conventions of contemporary dance and treat their audience to the infectious energy they might experience at a music gig.
Russell Maliphant Dance Company return to DanceEast with the premiere of VORTEX, the third in a series of productions inspired by great visual artists. In VORTEX, Maliphant explores the work of Jackson Pollock and abstract expressionism. With elements of nature pouring on to the floor, Maliphant paints his own interpretation with movement, light, and shadow to create a visually rich journey with the exceptional dancers of the Russell Maliphant Dance Company.
“ONE SEAMLESS SWIRLING AND SPOOLING FLOW, ONE IMPULSE MORPHING INTO ANOTHER, ALL IN FUSION WITH DRAMATIC LIGHT” – The Guardian, 2019
DanceEast are delighted to be returning to Snape Maltings and collaborating again with Britten Pears Arts. Together they will present Clorinda Agonistes Clorinda The Warrior, an explosion of music and dance choreographed by Shobana Jeyasingh. Inspired by Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Il Combattimento, the piece tells the epic story of Clorinda and exposes a world of violence, resilience, and love across the boundaries of culture and time. The performance will take place at Snape Maltings Concert Hall.
During half-term, DanceEast has a special treat for the family to enjoy. Joss Arnott Dance presents TIN MAN, a magical new re-telling of the classic story The Wizard of Oz, seen through the rusty eyes of the Tin Man and their journey to finding their heart and happiness. Told with brilliant humour and touching pathos, TIN MAN will resonate with children and adults alike with its enchanting storytelling, bold choreography, stunning costume and lighting, and a newly commissioned score by award-winning composer Anna Appleby.
“SHARP, DYNAMIC AND EXPLOSIVE POWER” – Dance Live, 2013
November brings the return of Avant Garde, who last performed Fagin’s Twist, to sell-out audiences, at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Autumn 2017. Their new piece Illegal Dance – The Stage Show, explores a future where artistic expression is forbidden by oppressive regimes around the world. Tony Adigun draws from his unique dance vocabulary to bring Hip Hop contemporary dance to audiences.
Joseph Toonga, former Associate Artist at DanceEast and current Emerging Choreographer for The Royal Ballet, returns with the third part of his nationally acclaimed Hip Hop Dance trilogy. Toonga’s work is about change and overcoming stigmas. Born to Exist: The Woman I Know focuses on untold, underrepresented, individual journeys.
“TOONGA’S CHOREOGRAPHY SITS NEATLY ALONGSIDE THE CULTURAL SIGNIFIERS OF BLACK CULTURE” – Lorna Irvine, Fjord Review
Last but by no means least, Jasmin Vardimon Company are returning this Christmas with ALiCE. Vardimon’s newest creation reimagines the ground-breaking classic Alice in Wonderland, telling the story in an exciting, accessible way and promising a sensory feast of arresting images, powerful performers and striking kinetic scenery.
Tickets are now on sale at www.danceeast.co.uk. Keep your eyes on the DanceEast social media channels and website for further news on activities in the Jerwood DanceHouse.