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Henri Oguike Dance Company
Spring 2003 UK Tour – 29 January to 12 April
Renowned for his vigorous, intricate and strong sense of musicality,
Jerwood Choreography Award winner Henri Oguike and his company present a programme of five contrasting dance pieces including two premieres, one re-working, and two highly acclaimed company repertory productions.
The two premieres feature a full company work, Dido & Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s music being Oguike’s inspiration to tell this tragic story, and a fast-paced programme finale, choreographed to Rene Aubry’s music, commissioned by the Studio Theatre, London.
Frames Per Second is a solo work reworked to new music by the Kronos Quartet, created and danced by Henri Oguike and commissioned by Dance East. In collaboration with lighting designer Guy Hoare, Oguike explores the relationship between movement, light and sound.
Henri Oguike Dance Company also presents the critically acclaimed Front Line, a sextet performed to Shostakovich’s 9th Quartet in E Flat. With constantly shifting moods, anger followed by listlessness, instruments squeal like animals and engage in wild stamping dances and Melancholy Thoughts, a sextet to four of Astor Piazzolla’s passionate and highly contemporary ‘neuvo tango’ compositions for violin and guitar.
Henri Oguike Dance Company, recent Time Out Live Awards 2001 winner as ‘Most Outstanding New Dance Company’, is passionate about the relationship between music and dance. All choreography is by Henri Oguike.
Spring 2003 - Tour Details
Date Venue Box Office Repertoire
29 Jan South Hill Park Arts, Bracknell 01344 484123 Rep A
4 Feb Studio Theatre, London 020 7641 8424 Rep C
6 Feb Wyvern Theatre, Swindon 01793 524481 Rep A
10 Feb Studio Theatre, Chichester 01243 816162 Rep B
20 & 21 Feb mac, Birmingham 0121 440 3838 Rep A
1 March Arts Theatre, Bath 01225 386777 Rep A
4 March Neptune Theatre, Liverpool 0151 709 7844 Rep A
5 March Southport Arts Centre 01704 540011 Rep A
6 March Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe 01494 512000 Rep A
13 March Theatre by the Lake, Keswick 017687 74411 Rep D
18 March Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking 01483 545900 Rep A
19 & 20 Mar Bonnie Bird Theatre, Laban, London 020 8691 8600 Rep A
12 April Richmond Theatre, Richmond 020 8940 0088 Rep E
Rep A Front Line, Dido & Aeneas, Frames Per Second, New Work
Rep B Front Line, Frames Per Second, New Work
Rep C Front Line, H2O (Youth Group piece), “How I Work”, New Work *
Rep D Melancholy Thoughts, Dido & Aeneas, Frames Per Second, New Work
Rep E Melancholy Thoughts, Frames Per Second, Front Line
* A short piece for H2O, HODC’s sister youth dance company, and a ‘lecture demonstration’ entitled, How I Work will be performed at the Studio Theatre, London.
Live music will accompany all performances with the exception of Studio Theatre, London, Chichester and Keswick.
Henri Oguike studied music, drama and dance at Swansea College, Wales and dance & choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 1994 Henri danced with 4D (LCDS’s postgraduate performance group) and later that year became a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company. With an award from the Robin Howard Foundation in 1996, he created Amongst Shadows, which led to two further commissions enabling his first full evening of work presented at Acarte Theatre, Lisbon. In 1997 Henri received a Jerwood Choreography Award with which he created The Brutality of Fact. During 1999 he received a second commission from the Acarte Theatre to create Prime Origin and by Studio Theatre, London to create A moment of give. Independent commissions for 2000 include Seen of Angels, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo (CPBC) and Travel Matrix, UK Rocks. 2001 commissions include Casual Grace, Bare Bones Dance Company; White Space, CPBC and La,La,La …, National Youth Dance Company. Commissions for 2002 include Bright Side for Transitions Dance Company, Broken Strings for Swindon National Youth, Butterfly Grid for London Contemporary Dance School and F.P.S for First Class Air Male (DanceEast). Commissions for 2003 will include new works for the Curve Foundation, West Glamorgan Youth Dance Company and Laban.
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