Cloud Dance Festival: Open your Eyes
17 - 19 July 2009
Tickets £10 (£7 concessions)
Cloud Dance Festival returns for its second season of 2009 with a dazzling line up
of companies including audience Place Prize winner Dam van Huynh
and New Adventures dancer Kerry Biggin in a work by Dena Lague. Dorit Schwartz Dance
Company performs a work first premiered at Resolution! 08 and
designer Kasper Hansen collaborates with dancer Sam Coren. For more information on
this exciting lineup read on !
Dam van Huynh
Dam van Huynh Company was founded in 2008 to further the exploration of the human
body and its relationship through time and space.
Inspired by everyday life and people, Dam's choreographies are grounded in reality
and dig further to access a deeper layer of conscience. The
productions are a breath of energy combining a strong sense of visual imagery and
rhythm, technicality and sensuality. This athletic language takes
the audience to the heart of struggle between animal instinct and human aspirations.
Sudden Change of Event is an exploration on the fragility of momentary events. Each
moment of our existence can have infinite outcomes; sudden changes
may occur any time and drive the individual to adapt.
The dancers and their individual languages, lives and choices are brought together
into the same space. Sometimes, it appears that their paths have
been united explicitly, when suddenly a change breaks the harmony of the moment and
put an end to the encounter.
"Dam Van Huynh won the audience prize on all ten nights – a record that can
obviously never be broken"
Review of Collision by Graham Watts at the Place Prize 2008
Friday & Saturday 7.30pm
Dena Lague trained at Millennium Dance 2000 and graduated in 2001 with an award for
Most Outstanding Contemporary Dancer. Since 2006, she has
performed in New Adventures' Edward Scissorhands.
Dena will be premiering Just Take Five, a tale of a young overworked woman who moves
to New York to follow her dreams and ends up working all the
hours in the day to make ends meet. The unexpected tunes from her current best
friend the radio overtake her and her troubles are washed away by the
inspiration of Jazz. The piece is choreographed by Dena for Kerry Biggin who has
previously performed as a principal dancer with Matthew Bourne's New
Saturday & Sunday 7.30pm
Dorit Schwartz Dance Company
Dorit Schwartz trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Salzburg
Experimental Academy of Dance. She has been presenting work in
the UK, Austria, Italy and Israel and has also collaborated with lighting designers,
scenographers and directors.
Choreographed and performed by Dorit Schwartz and Tracy Zanelli, Apple of My Eye is
a piece about human nature and the raw emotions that surface when
relating to another. It shows how the boundaries between tenderness and aggression,
between delicate and forceful easily fade. The performers deal
with the power struggle with one another and the internal struggles of their own.
Daniela B Larsen & Robert Guy
Daniela B Larsen & Robert Guy are both independent dance artists. This House Smells
of Ghosts debuted at Resolution! 09. Shortly after the work was
selected for the Two's A Company platform as part of the Dance Currents Season at
Stratford Circus. Daniela & Robert continue to pursue their own
paths, happy to reconnect and perform together when the wind allows. Daniela is
currently working with green bean dance, Marc Brew Dance Company,
Cilgwyn Theatre Company and is a freelance dance teacher. Robert is currently
working with Retina and also Wired Aerial Theatre Company.
"Startling athletic choreography within a loose dramatic context." Maggie Foyer
"Explored with an impressively nuanced strength.. Their robust, thoroughly grounded
dancing betrayed a surprisingly light touch." Donald Hutera
"Salsa-esque spins, fused with gymnastic lifts, to create a duet driven by kinetic
energy.. They bounced off, leant on, dropped, pushed and chucked
each other - all in the most athletic of ways. Their nonchalant, raw execution was
part of their appeal." (Eileen Strong)
Cloud Dance Festival will also feature work by past Festival favourites Taciturn and
Vex Dance Theatre and also Moxie Brawl, Piece by Piece Company,
Ji Park, Raymond Tait Dance and Diciembre Dance Group. We are also delighted to
welcomes newcomers Intrinsic Dance, Nexus Dance, Lila Dance, Pangaea
Dance, mdance, Gwenny Rose and Kasper Hansen & Sam Coren.
Cloud Dance Festival: Open Your Eyes
Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road London N6 5AA
Box Office 020 8341 4421 or www.jacksonslane.org.uk
Tickets £10 (£7 concessions)
Jacksons Lane is on the Northern Line and is located opposite Highgate tube station.