Browsing archive for September 2015
Life in Progress in Paris was in-seine
Last week saw Sylvie’s last ever performance in her home country France with four performances in a ram-packed Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. These came to an emotional climax on the last night when the audience gave Life in Progress a twenty-one minute standing ovation. Coincidentally, this is the same length of time as ‘Bye’ – the last piece in the show. During the standing ovation Sylvie was joined on stage by Claude Bessy (Sylvie’s past ballet teacher), Nicolas La Riche, and Guillaume Gallienne. You can see an excerpt of this here.
Next up for Life in Progress is the Asia tour, where it will be performed in Taipei, Beijing, Singapore, and Shanghai. For further information click here or check the blog and read about it here.
AS MATS EK SAID… “BYE”
Last week Sylvie Guillem said ‘bye’ to the UK as Birmingham Hippodrome hosted her last ever UK performance. Although Life in Progress will continue its international tour until the end of December, all the UK destinations have now been visited (Previously: Sadler’s Wells, London Coliseum, Edinburgh International Festival).
The audience was spellbound by the entire performance and the standing ovation continued for over five minutes with members of the audience in the stalls throwing rose after rose at Sylvie on the stage. And who could blame them, with The Daily Telegraph saying: “What a bittersweet privilege it is to see her go, and how very smart of her it is to leave us while we all still want so very much more.”
For more information on Sylvie’s next touring locations click here.
MO’ MONEY MO’ SHOWS
Breakin’ Convention has been awarded over £500,000 in a ginormous funding boost by Arts Council England. This money comes as part of its Strategic Touring Programme and will go towards both professional development and more importantly extra touring.
The money will mark the start of a two year project that will allow Breakin’ Convention to tour nationally through both May 2016 and May 2017.
Breakin’ Conventions Artistic Director Jonzi D said that the money shows Arts Council England’s ‘commitment to the creative phenomenon that is hip hop culture, at time a time when peace, love, unity, and fun is much needed.’
For tour dates and information on the line-up click here.
Preparations for Gravity Fatigue are well and truly in swing now. The creatives and performers are hard at work rehearsing in a range of top secret locations in London ready for the big premiere at Sadler’s Wells on 28 October, followed by three more performances on 29, 30, and 31 October. To book tickets for the Sadler’s Wells shows click here.
The iconic fashion designer is working with award-winning choreographer Damien Jalet and thirteen highly talented and skilled contemporary dancers to conjure up a show of immense visual creativity and dazzling designs that take their inspiration from themes of identity, displacement, and the disconnection we experience in public spaces at moments of transition.