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Introduction and previews
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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Tue Sep 28, 2004 8:19 am ]
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Welcome to our forum for news, interviews, reviews and most important your comments, thoughts and whatever about Dance Umbrella 2004. We're delighted to be working with Dance Umbrella for the fourth consecutive year, especially as this year's festival is full of opportunities to see outstanding dance from around the world.

We're going to drip feed introductory material into the forum over the coming week, so it will be worth coming back here regularly. Click on this link to go to the Dance Umbrella website where you can find all the latest news and performance details.

As always there is a wealth of riches to be enjoyed this year and the return of regulars, Merce Cunningham and Mark Morris, will fill the auditoriums without doubt. However some of the smaller events are just as intriguing , including an evening of contemporary dance from Nigerisa and the Cape Verde Islands on 10th and 11th November at The Place [IJODEE DANCE COMPANY (Nigeria) & RAIZ DI POLON (Cape Verde)]. Sue Davies and Kim Brandstrup have new works at The Linbury and at The Barbican's atmospheric Pit Theatre, you can see the Pick Up Performance Company’s new adaptation of Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs (2 - 4 Nov) choreographed by New Yorker David Gordon.

It's advisable to book early especially for the big names. And remember that the Robin Howard Theatre (The Place as was) rewards early bookers with much cheaper prices.

Enjoy! And Don't forget to POST on Criticaldance. Details of how to do it are in the next posting.

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Sep 29, 2004 6:17 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Introduction and previews

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<big>How To Post on CriticalDance</big>

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Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Mon Oct 04, 2004 12:43 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Introduction and previews

Hopping across the Pond
In The Times Debra Craine welcomes three of America’s top choreographers to Dance Umbrella.

RIGHT from the start, 26 years ago, Americans have been key players in Britain’s Dance Umbrella. It was the avant-garde shenanigans of the New Yorker Douglas Dunn that kicked off the first London-based contemporary dance festival in 1978, and Americans have featured in every Umbrella since.

This year the American lineup is one of the strongest yet, with three of its leading choreographers headed our way. Tomorrow Dance Umbrella opens at the Barbican with Merce Cunningham presenting his latest work, Split Sides, which features commissioned scores from the pop groups Radiohead and Sigur Rós.

click for more

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:46 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Introduction and previews

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Press Release

During Dance Umbrella 2004, over 39,000 ticket-holders saw 17 companies, from 10 different countries, across 7 London venues, making this year’s festival the best attended in Dance Umbrella’s 26 year history. If you were part of this year’s audience, thank you so much for contributing to this all time record.

‘We thought that last year’s celebrations for Dance Umbrella’s 25th Anniversary would be a hard act to follow, so I am delighted that in 2004, we succeeded in bringing quality contemporary dance to more people than ever before.’
Val Bourne, CBE, Artistic Director of Dance Umbrella

During Dance Umbrella 2004 you may have attended any of the 2 world premieres, 9 UK premieres and the UK debuts of 4 international companies featured in the festival. One of these UK premieres was Mark Morris’ The Hard Nut. Performed by the Mark Morris Dance Group at Sadler’s Wells, this spectacular production introduced the best of contemporary dance to thousands of new people. During the height of the festival in London, Dance Umbrella was also on the road with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, bringing the work of the 'Godfather of modern dance' to over 12,000 people in the regions for the first time.

At The Place over half of all performances sold out, with long queues for returns for Yolande Snaith Theatredance (UK), Mal Pelo (Spain) and Philippe Decouflé (France). There were also sell-out performances for Merce Cunningham Dance Company (USA) at The Barbican, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui of Les Ballets C de la B (Belgium/Morocco) at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, David Gordon & Valda Setterfield (USA) at The Pit (Barbican) and Carol Brown (UK) at Greenwich Dance Agency. In fact, due to popular demand, extra performances had to be put on for David Gordon and for Carol Brown Dances.


Dance Umbrella 2005
Highlights of Dance Umbrella 2005 will include a new duet from Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion, a new piece from Charles Linehan and new work by Michael Clark at The Barbican - all Dance Umbrella co-commissions – along with the return of the Mark Morris Dance Group to Sadler’s Wells with work new to the UK, presented by Dance Umbrella as part of a planned six week national tour. Dance Umbrella 2005 will also feature The French Selection, a diverse programme of small and large scale work by French companies and choreographers, presented in collaboration with the French Embassy and Institut Français in London, and AFAA (Association Française d’Action Artistique). The 2005 festival will run from September to November.

Remember to keep an eye on our plans for 2005 by visiting in the build-up to next autumn.

Thank you for your support.

With best wishes for 2005,

Dance Umbrella

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