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 Post subject: Re: Henri Oguike Dance Company 2001-2
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2002 3:14 am 
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Press Release <P><BR><B>Henri Oguike Dance Company <P>15-17 April The Place, London</B><P>Renowned for his vigorous, intricate and strong sense of musicality, <BR>Jerwood Choreography Award winner Henri Oguike and his company present a <BR>programme of four contrasting dance pieces at The Place, including two new works: in broken tendrils and front line.<P>In broken tendrils is a quartet set to Bela Bartok’s virtuosic 2nd Violin Concerto where the lush orchestrations of the Concerto reflect a conscious escape on Bartok’s part from the “pestilential” austerity of European fascism. During the final period of Shostakovich’s life, the composer retreated into thoughts of death and stillness. front line is 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.<P>Henri Oguike Dance Company also present Shot Flow, a duet performed by Henri Oguike and Alicia Herrero-Simon, in collaboration with fast rising Portuguese composer Pedro Carneiro and lighting designer Guy Hoare; and melancholy thoughts, a sextet to four of Astor Piazzolla’s <BR>passionate and highly contemporary neuvo tango compositions for violin and guitar.<P>Henri Oguike Dance Company, 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. <P>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. Future commissions for 2002 will include works for Transistions Dance Company, Swindon National Youth and First Class Air Male. <P>Mon 15 – Wed 17 April at 8pm Robin Howard Studio Theatre, The Place, WC1<P>Box Office: 0207 387 0031. Tickets £5-£15 <BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited March 19, 2002).]


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 Post subject: Re: Henri Oguike Dance Company 2001-2
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2002 4:38 am 
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<B>Colourful clash with convention</B><BR>by Sarah Frater in The Evening Standard<P><BR>You don't see many dresses in modern dance, at least not on the women. Costumes tend to be unisex, as is the movement, while plots are abstract and the music severe. I'm generalising wildly, of course, but it is a mark of Henri Oguike's confidence that instead of observing these conventions, the young British dance-maker simply ignores them. <P>In place of loose trousers and baggy tunics, his women wear pretty dresses and flirty skirts. They have, and brace yourselves for this, noticeable cleavage. They are also gentle and smiling, as are the men, and everybody's dancing has virtuosity, a quality often missing in contemporary choreography.<P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/top_dance_review.html?in_review_id=180229&in_review_text_id=521882" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2002 10:12 pm 
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<B>Whole-body dives to zen-like stillness</B><BR>Ismene Brown in TheDaily Telegraph reviews the Henri Oguike Dance Company at The Place<BR> <P>THE dark is a favourite place for would-be choreographers. With their tiny production budgets and their insecurities about life, an evening spent with a newcomer is one of dim light and navel-gazing. Those are the nights you don't report back to these pages. The difference between them and a born choreographer is that the latter carries his own lantern into the dark, illuminating it by sheer force of his curiosity and imagination.<P>Henri Oguike, a former Richard Alston dancer, is one of that tiny bunch of people. His British tour climaxed at London's The Place with four of his dances, two experimental mood pieces with lighting, Shot flow and In Broken Tendrils, and two bigger ensembles. <P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/04/17/btisme17.xml&sSheet=/arts/2002/04/17/ixartright.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR> <BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Henri Oguike Dance Company 2001-2
PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2002 10:30 pm 
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Oguike continues to garner praise and rightly so from where I stand. His rapid rise to a high standing in the UK dance scene sets a challenge to the step by step approach of the UK Arts funding system. His success over the past two years suggests to me that a funding level of around £100,000 per annum for 2003 would be appropriate. A brief look round the various Arts funding sites didn't bring anything up. Nevertheless, I'm confident he gets something, but I suspect nothing like as much as that. <P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited April 17, 2002).]


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2002 10:25 pm 
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<B>Henri Oguike</B><BR>by Debra Craine in The Times<BR> <BR> <BR>FIVE years ago Henri Oguike was a promising newcomer on the British dance scene. Winner of the 1997 Jerwood Award for young choreographers, he went on to launch his own company in 2000. In the past two years it has visited more than 40 UK venues and, remarkably for a choreographer working on a tight budget, it often dances to live music. <BR>The company’s visit to the Robin Howard Dance Theatre this week was a revelation. The two newest works on the programme are hugely impressive, confirming the buzz that surrounds Oguike in independent dance circles. <P><A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,685-271637,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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Review in The Sunday Times (please scroll down article).<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Last week’s performances at The Place by the London-based Henri Oguike Dance Company showcased four recent works by this young, independent choreographer, who formed his own troupe two years ago, after dancing as a member of Richard Alston’s company. Like Alston, Oguike has eclectic musical tastes and uses live music wherever possible. On the evidence of this programme, strongly danced by himself and five colleagues, the interplay of lighting was just as important. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/article/0,,187-269614,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And in The Observer (please scroll down article0.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Henri Oguike's choreography for his small group has a visceral ferocity that matches Ek's. Dancers have to shed their inhibitions to stomp, shout and squeal. <P><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,687793,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited April 21, 2002).]


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<B>Dance to the light fantastic</B> <BR>BY NADINE MEISNER in The Independent <P><BR>Lighting is the moody new star of dance, delineating dark boundaries, sculpting foggy air, summoning lurking shadows and uneasy black holes. Any choreographer worth his or her new-generation credentials has murky lighting to die, or at least blink, for, and Henri Oguike is right in there, along with his lighting designer Guy Hoare. In melancholy thoughts, dancers prowl on changing squares of red and yellow light, fusing a contemporary restraint with half-remembered tango leg flicks. In shot flow, Oguike and Charlotte Eatock play hide-and-seek with dusty beams that travel from one side of the stage to the other, hands flaring as they catch the light.<P>Chiaroscuro and penumbra are must-haves, and the cast of the recently premiered front line moves along a horizontal corridor of light, while musicians sit in another to play Shostakovich's 9th Quartet.<P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=020424001708&query=dance" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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