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Featuring top UK and international dance companies at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and
Purcell Room, including renowned Belgium-based collective Les Ballet C de la B and
acclaimed Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K Brown, pioneering young peoples
theatre company Teatro Di Piazza o d'Occasione (TPO) and the first Bloom Festival,
showcasing dance of the African Diaspora, Southbank Centre's summer season features
an exciting and diverse programme of dance, theatre, circus and cabaret.

Returning on 7 and 8 May to the Queen Elizabeth Hall is choreographer-dancer Ronald
K Brown and his award-winning Evidence, A Dance Company. Praised by The New York
Times as 'one of the most profound choreographers of his generation', Brown blends
African, modern, ballet and contemporary dance styles to tell stories of the African
Diaspora. For two nights only, Brooklyn-based Evidence presents a triple bill,
including Brown's latest choreography One Shot: First Glance, inspired by the great
African-American artist, photographer, and Pittsburgh native, Charles 'Teenie'
Harris, nicknamed 'One Shot'.

In the same month, Australian dance company Lucy Guerin Inc presents Love Me, a
programme of three works which explore relationships staged in projected
environments. Guerin seamlessly integrates the work of some of Australia's best
dancers, visual artists and composers to create three finely wrought studies of love
in the void. In the five years since its inception the company has built a solid
reputation and toured pieces throughout the U.S, Europe and Australia. From 26 - 28
May, Southbank Centre welcomes the return of Italy's leading children's theatre
company TPO, whose work is defined by their unique ability to bring together theatre
and contemporary art using new technologies.

Continuing the season's international flavour is The Bloom Festival (6 and 7 June),
presented by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD). The weekend
features performances, films and talks by up-and-coming black choreographers,
dancers and companies including Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Mohammed Dordoh, Vocab Dance,
Paradigmz, Tolo Ko Tolo, Imani Jendai and Avant-Garde Dance, as well as free
workshops in Caribbean and Kizomba dance (an Angolan dance fusing Semba - the
predecessor of Samba with the Zouk music styles from the French Caribbean Islands).

Les ballets C de la B returns to Southbank Centre on 26 and 27 June with their new
creation Ashes. A collaboration between dancer/choreographer Koen Augustijnen and
composer Wim Selles, the work looks at how people deal with mortality. It is
accompanied by live performance from alto Steve Dugardin, in a duet with soprano
Irene Carpentier and five musicians.

From 27 May - 19 July, the hugely popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue, E4
Udderbelly comes to Southbank Centre. The 400 capacity touring performance venue in
the shape of an upside down purple cow will host an extensive programme of comedy,
circus, theatre and music, including award-winning theatre company Les Enfants
Terrible and daring circus acrobats Tom Tom Crew.

From 4 - 26 August, Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and Victoria Chaplin (daughter of Charlie
Chaplin) bring Le Cirque Invisible, their intoxicating mix of magic, circus and
trompe l'oeil to Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth hall. Audiences for this
unmissable family show can expect breathing parasols, a human glass-harmonica,
rabbits, doves and ducks!

In addition to the ticketed programme, free dance events including Dance Mob (30
August), a mass dance routine led by a top London choreographer (to be announced)
Strictly Summer Ballroom (31 August) and Baby Loves Disco (18 July) will take place
both inside on The Clore Ballroom and across the Southbank Centre's 21-acre site.

Individual press releases for each event will follow soon. For additional
information on the summer 2009 Dance and Performance programme, please contact Jenny
Brown in the South Bank Centre press office on 020 7921 0926 or via email at <>

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The Summer 2009 season at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, The
Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall and E4 Udderbelly in detail:


One Shot: first glance / Order My Steps / Grace

Thursday 7 - Friday 8 May, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm, Tickets: £20 £15 £12

Choreographer-dancer Ronald K Brown is celebrated for his powerful, impassioned and
distinct fusion of African dance with spoken word, social dance styles, ballet and
contemporary dance. Brooklyn-based Evidence presents a triple bill of his works,
including the passionate Grace, originally created for the Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theatre and premiered to great acclaim, and Order My Steps, set to the music
of Terry Riley, the Kronos Quartet and Bob Marley. One Shot: First Glance is an
excerpt of a new work inspired and featuring photographs by noted African-American
photo journalist Charles 'Tennie' Harris, renowned for taking his stunning pictures
in just one shot, capturing a lifetime legacy of dignity and hope.

Press night: Thursday 7 May at 7.45pm

Press contact: Fatima Kafele <>


Tuesday 19 - Wednesday 20 May, Purcell Room, 8pm, Tickets: £13

The intimate beats of our emotional lives find mesmerising expression in these
contemporary dance duets in projected environments. Choreographer Lucy Guerin
seamlessly integrates the work of some of Australia's best dancers, visual artists
and composers to create three finely wrought studies of love in the void. In
Reservoir of Giving I and II, a live dancer and an oblivious projected partner
address the spaces that exist between them. On present's fragments of two precisely
connected bodies illuminated against encoded screens in a disturbing struggle for
control. Melt sees two women begin a duet of icy detachment, exploring each degree
emotionally and physically until they reach boiling point.

Press night: Tuesday 19 May at 8pm

Press contact:
<> or 0207 921 0926

Friday 22 May

RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY Season of New Choreography

Friday 22 May, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm, Tickets: £18 £15 £12

Postponed due to February's snowfall, Rambert Dance Company's sold-out Season of New
Choreography finally returns with brand new work created by six of its versatile
dancers. Clara Barberá, Mikaela Polley, Alexander Whitley, Patricia Okenwa, Angela
Towler and Martin Joyce present a programme of five diverse works, performed to live
music. The Company has a track record of nurturing young choreographers - Mark
Baldwin, Rambert's Artistic Director, cut his choreographic teeth producing work for
previous seasons - and is passionate about continuing the tradition.

Press night: Friday 22 May at 7.45pm

Press contact: Steven Drew on 020 8630 0612 or

SHAPE Artist Commissions

Monday 25 May, Riverside Terrace, 1pm, Admission Free

Shape presents a series of new work by disabled and deaf artists in response to the
Cultural Olympiad, providing an insight into what the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic
Games will mean to disabled and deaf Londoners. Created by Kazzum Theatre Company,
Paper People take to the streets of London in a newspaper stand, looking at the
small stories within the big Olympic one. In Tracking, the integrated dance company
StopGAP hosts its own quirky games. Shape 2012 also features the short film 100
metres Gold Handicap (King Midas) by Aaron Williamson.

TPO COMPANY Butterflies

Tuesday 26 - Thursday 28 May, Purcell Room, 4.30pm (Tuesday), 11.30am, 2.30pm
(Wednesday and Thursday), Tickets: £13 £8

The creators of the much-loved Japanese, Kurdish and Italian Gardens Trilogy are
back with their newest work: Butterflies. Using motion capture technology and a
touch sensitive carpet that can be triggered by as little as a movement or a breath,

Teatro di Piazza o d'Occasione invites you to follow the life of the butterfly from
larvae to grown up. Virtually paint with your arms, compose lullabies with your feet

chase caterpillars on all fours, this is a magical theatrical experience for the
eyes, ears, knees and toes. Suitable for three to eight-year-olds.

Press contact: Martha Oakes or Sue Lancashire on 020 8854 5460 or <>


Thursday 4 June, Purcell Room, 7.45pm, Tickets: £13

Award-winning dancer-choreographer Sonia Sabri is renowned for taking a fresh and
individual approach to the Indian classical dance form of Kathak. In this new
production, Sabri reveals two parallel aspects of Kathak, spanning from classical to
contemporary and East to West. Three contemporary solos, featuring choreography by
the pioneering Shobana Jeyasingh and Lisa Torun, take Kathak from the depths of the
mind to funky city streets. Sabri then returns to her classical Kathak roots,
accompanied by a virtuoso live musical line-up of sitar, vocals and the
world-renowned Ustad Sarvar Sabri on tabla. Together dancer and musicians playfully
improvise with complex rhythms, building up to a heart pounding crescendo.

Press night: Thursday 4 June at 7.45pm

Press contact:
<> or 0207 921 0926

ADAD The BLOOM Festival of Dance of the African Diaspora

Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 June, Purcell Room, 7.45pm (Sat), 6pm (Sun), Tickets: £13

Presented by the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora, this festival sees
dance of the African Diaspora springing up all over Southbank Centre during two days
of performances, workshops, film and talks. The weekend will include performances
from Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Mohammed Dordoh, Vocab Dance,

Paradigmz, Tolo Ko Tolo, Imani Jendai and Avant-Garde Dance.

Press contact:
<> or 0207 921 0926


Friday 26 - Saturday 27 June, Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.30pm, £25 £20 £15 £12

Les ballets C de la B returns to Southbank Centre with their new creation Ashes.
This piece looks at how people deal with mortality and what they are ready to do (or
not) in order to keep hold of all that they have attained. It is about the duality
of life and the battle between holding on to something, and the art and difficulty
of letting go. Dancer and choreographer Koen Augustijnen collaborates with the
composer Wim Selles, who has arranged music by Handel for the work. The evening also
includes live performance by alto Steve Dugardin, in a duet with soprano Irene
Carpentier, and five musicians.

Press night: Friday 26 June at 7.30pm

Press contact:
<> or 0207 921 0926


Saturday 25 July, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall, 10am-6pm, FREE

All-girl hip-hop groups compete to be the best! Dare 2 Dance invites young female
hip-hop dancers to Southbank Centre to showcase their best moves and tricks in The
Clore Ballroom. Witness mind blowing performances by London's freshest young talent
as each group battles it out to be the champions. Expect banging music, high-energy
performances and fierce competition. For more information on competing in Dare 2
Dance, email


Thursday 23 July - Sunday 30 August, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall,
2-4pm, FREE

In preparation for Big Dance 2010, the London Mayor's campaign to get London
Dancing, Southbank Centre continues its programme of free dance for everyone this
summer with Dance Mob. A fun and easy way to learn a dance routine, Dance Mob is
taught to people of all generations across London, who will then descend on
Southbank Centre to transform all the indoor and outdoor spaces into a stage for
dance, with members of the public as the performers. There are opportunities to
learn Dance Mob at each of the summer dance workshops and online, plus public
workshops on the day from 11am.

HIDE AND SEEK Southbank Sandpit

Friday 31 July - Sunday 2 August, The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall

7-10pm (Friday), 11am -6pm (Saturday - Sunday), FREE

The Sandpit is brought to you by Hide&Seek, London's social gaming pioneers, a team
of artists and games designers who create new, playful experiences. The Sandpit is a
social hub for new kinds of play, where anyone into games can experiment, share
ideas and play together. From solo games to giant collaborative experiences, there
is something for everyone. Join us for a weekend of creating, exploring, sneaking,
cheating (!) and playing with a community of designers, artists, makers and players.


4 - 23 August, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Evening performances 7.30pm, matinee 2.30pm,
Tickets: £29 £21 £15

Exquisite and magical family show by quirky duo Jean-Baptiste Thierrée and Victoria
Chaplin. Three week run only.


E4 Udderbelly


For full programme please contact
<> or 07887632463



Monday 8 - Sunday 14 June, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, 2.30pm (matinee), 7pm,
Tickets: Previews £10 / Evenings £14.50/£12 / Matinees £12.50/£10.00

Les Enfants Terribles present their award winning, biggest and boldest show to date.
Based upon a series of twisted tales by Oliver Lansley and Sam Wyer, The Terrible
Infants blends puppetry, live music, performance, story telling and physicality into
a highly sensory theatrical feast suitable for big kids and small grown-ups.
Featuring narration recorded by Dame Judi Dench. Suitable for ages 6+. Press nights:
8 and 9 June at 7pm


Friday 19 June - Sunday 19 July, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, 2.30pm (matinee),
7pm, £22 (Friday - Sunday), £17.50 (Monday - Thursday), £14 (matinee)

Following sell-out seasons at the Sydney Opera House and Edinburgh Festival, and
direct from a run on Broadway, the Tom Tom Crew arrives in London with its super
charged collision of circus, heart pumping music and 21st Century spectacle.
Combining Australia's freshest acrobats, champion beatboxer Tom Thum, drumming
sensation Ben Walsh and master record scratcher DJ Dizz1, Tom Tom Crew is an
extraordinary mix of Asian inspired drumming, extreme circus acrobatics and raw,

contemporary music for all ages. Press night: 22 June



Saturday 27 June, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, 9pm, £18 £16

Kitty is back! Awarded Best Spiegeltent Show Dublin Fringe Festival in 2007,
international superstar Camille O'Sullivan (and original La Clique performer)
curates a dark, delicious variety show of the top tomcats and kitties from music,
circus, dance and theatre and sings a few purrrrrrrfect tunes herself.

THE CRACK (Miss Behave)

16 - 21 June, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, £21 £19 £17 £15

Not your average nine o'clock muse, The Crack brings an explosive combination of
stand-up, variety and side-splitting comic performers together. Please note: this
performance is recommended for ages 16 and over.



20 - 22 June, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, £19 £12

Hans Christian Andersen's much-loved fairytale is brought to life in a play with
music and puppetry, suitable for the whole family. Suitable for ages 4+.


4-5 July, E4 Udderbelly at Jubilee Gardens, £12.50 £10

After the hilarious success of Potted Potter, delightful double act and CBBC
presenters Dan and Jeff return with this new compressed caper. In search of talking
parrots and mysterious buried treasure, the delightful duo tell tall tales of the
seven seas, from Long John Silver and Blackbeard to a couple of notorious lady
pirates, and present a full-scale re-enactment of the Spanish Armada. Suitable for
ages 6+.

Ticket Office 0871 663 2500

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