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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Nov 16, 2005 5:49 pm ]
Post subject:  New Art Club - "The Notcracker"

Press release

New Art Club
Photo: Richard Stocks

New Art Club
The Notcracker
(not just another Christmas show)

Greenwich Dance Agency
The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8RE
Box Office: 020 8293 9741

An alternative to The Nutcracker from off-the-wall comedy-dance-theatre duo Tom Roden and Pete Shenton, aka New Art Club.

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December
7.45pm; £9/£7

Roden and Shenton are unique in dance: a double act who marry stand-up comedy to choreographic minimalism and a touch of philosophy
Debra Craine, The Times, November 2005

a fresh, fun and engaging look at the wonderfully idiosyncratic world of dance
Kelly Apter, The Scotsman

The Notcracker is an unashamedly silly deconstruction of previous Christmas stories. It’s chock full of Christmas dances, Christmas philosophy, Christmas disaster and the triumph of good over evil. A Christmas show for our age particularly aimed at families with children aged 10 and over. For this performance Pete and Tom will be joined by a third performer, Dave Parkin.

Tom and Pete have been making dance works together since 1995 and their collaboration led to the founding of New Art Club in December 2001. The duo's inimitable combination of dance, theatre and comedy was experienced in their comedy dance show, This is MODERN, a genuine hit on the touring circuit which has to date been performed over 60 times and toured nationally and internationally. It was applauded by critics and audiences alike and was awarded the Gold Medal Award for Best Performance at the 2002 Belgrade International Mime Festival.

Projects and initiatives New Art Club has recently been involved in include: performing in Tim Supple's film adaptation of Twelfth Night; a commission for Scottish Dance Theatre, Revenge of the Impossible Things; and delivery of a range of education projects. Tom and Pete were also nominated for a 2002 Jerwood Choreography Award.

Tom Roden studied at Thamesdown Dance Studios and The Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He has devised and performed work for various companies including The Glee Club, Reckless Sleepers, The Claire Russ Ensemble, Gregory Nash Group and Chapter 4. Choreographic credits include: Hansel And Gretel for Opera North, Voyagers for Cirque Surreal, Under Milk Wood and Edward The Second at Bolton Octagon, Joan of Arc with The Liverpool Philharmonic, Virus with Teeside Dance Initiative. Tom has also received numerous commissions to make work, including for Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. As Artistic Director, Tom has made eight works for Air Dance Company.

In 1994 Pete Shenton graduated from De Montfort University with a first class degree in Performing Arts. He subsequently worked as a dancer in Europe with companies such as ContreCour and Teater Tango, and in the UK with Vincent Dance Theatre and Motionhouse.

Pete created numerous pieces for his company, livebait, before forming New Art Club with Tom. In 2004, as New Art Club, they created and performed in The Short Still Show which reached the final of The Place Prize for Choreography; created a new performance installation for Sensitive Skin, and a touring show for dance in education company Dance For Life. In recent years he was commissioned by Dance 4 to create a version of Thomas Lehmann's Schreibstuck; appeared on TV in Tim Supple's film Twelfth Night; performed and movement directed for theatre company Metro Boulot Dodo; co-created Revenge of the Impossible Things for Scottish Dance Theatre, and made a solo called The Impolite.

In 2005 Pete completed a research project for dance/live art promoters organisation Guardians of Doubt, with whom he jointly presented a paper at the PARIP conference at Leeds University this summer. He has created two specially commissioned pieces for Home's Church Ale Festival and Dance Umbrella, and a solo for Snagged and Clored at the Royal Opera House.

New Art Club is managed by Gwen van Spijk at CUE.


Since its inception in 1993, Greenwich Dance Agency (gDA) has built an international reputation for quality and innovation. Based in the historic former Borough Hall, gDA is a meeting place for professional dance artists and the local community. gDA hosts and produces a vast array of ativities from cutting edge contemporary dance events to a comprehensive programme of youth projects, tea dances, classes and courses. gDA also provides activities such as school dance clubs, youth collectives and chair-based movement sessions for older people in a range of other venues throughout the borough.

gDA's extensive professional development programme for dance is recognised as one of the most important and valued resources for emerging and established artists in this country. Many of the UK's brightest choreographic talents - amongst them Michael Clark, Akram Khan, Jonathan Burrows, Fin Walker, and Russell Maliphant - have chosen gDA as their rehearsal and research base for creating new work.

gDA is funded by Greenwich Council and Arts Council England.

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Fri Dec 16, 2005 11:17 am ]
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I bet this was fun; Tom Roden and Pete Shenton are two of the wittiest guys in dance:

The Notcracker
By paul Vale for The Stage

This determinedly un-Christmas show aspires to be a deconstruction of many Christmas stories of the past. Dance artists are fired from their job for reinterpreting the movements of the pantomime horse, their landlord throws them onto the street for non payment of rent and up in heaven an angel studies hard for his exams in celestial movement language. In the meantime the evil Ghost of Christmas Present lurks about the stage waiting to traumatise some poor unsuspecting shopper.

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