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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:50 pm 

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Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June

Queen Elizabeth Hall, 7.45pm, Tickets: £25 £20 £15 £12

Les ballets C de la B returns to Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26 and
27 June to perform Ashes, the latest work from choreographer Koen Augustijnen,
creator of bâche (2005) and IMPORT EXPORT (2007).

Following an unknown tragic disaster, eight dancers and acrobats wake up to confront
and deal with their loss and pain, before finding that from the ashes come life and
reinvention. Ashes looks at how people deal with mortality and what they are
prepared to do (or not) in order to keep hold of all that they have attained.

Composer Wim Selles provides a contemporary adaptation of Handel's love duets, sung
by Flemish alto Steve Dugardin and soprano Irene Carpentier. They are accompanied
throughout by a live quintet (violin, accordion, lute, marimbas/percussion, cello).

Working closely with the company in 1991, initially as a dancer in performances
staged by Alain Platel and Hans Van den Broeck, Koen Augustijnen has been one of the
dance company's house choreographers since 1997. Founded by Platel in 1984, les
ballets C de la B were first presented in London at Southbank Centre in 1995 and
continue to provide a unique platform for young performing artists from various
disciplines and backgrounds (current examples being the guest choreographers Lisi
Estarás and Ted Stoffer).

Press night: Friday 26 June

For further press information please contact:

Jenny Brown on 0207 921 0926, email or

Miles Evans on 0207 921 0676, email

Ticket Office 0871 663 2500 / Book online

Notes to Editors:

Southbank Centre is the UK's largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits
in the midst of London's most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the
Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching
back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival
Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and The Hayward as well as The Saison
Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. The Royal Festival Hall reopened in
June 2007 following the major refurbishment of the Hall and redevelopment of the
surrounding area and facilities.

Forthcoming in Southbank Centre's dance programme is Dare2Dance, a national
competition for young female hip-hop dancers (25 July) and Dance Mob (Sunday 30
August), a mass dance performance by the public of a routine choreographed by a top
London choreographer (TBA).

Best wishes,


Jenny Brown

Press Officer (Contemporary)

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road

London SE1 8XX

T +44(0)20 7921 0926

F +44(0)20 7921 0663

Ticket Office 0871 663 2500

Southbank Centre is a Registered Charity No. 298909

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