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 Post subject: STAN WON'T DANCE: SINNER WOW! And now "Revelations"
PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 11:32 am 

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Location: NYC
This is hands down one of the best dance works out there right now.
Dance work of the year for sure.

On Par with Tense Dave. (A 2005 Bessie Winner)

If you are in NY YOU MUST GO SEE THIS!

Brilliant, tense, fast, furious, topical,
The company is a physical theater company from London called STAN WON'T
DANCE ( two blokes formerly of DV8 Physical Theater, one was the lead in
Matthew Bourne's
Swan Lake as Well., and the show is called SINNER.
It uses the "soho bomber" as a starting place to tell a tension-filled
story of a fateful meeting in a gay bar.
The acting is great, the dancing is even better - I'm telling you, this
is the good stuff.

"From Flirtation to Fury: A Nail-Bomber's London Tale
Published: March 17, 2006

Anyone who wants to see what British physical theater at its finest is all about need look no further than Performance Space 122, where a piece called "Sinner" by a group called Stan Won't Dance has taken over the upstairs space through Sunday. I saw it Wednesday night, and thought it the best dance event of the season...."

for full review: ... 7stan.html

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:46 am 

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Location: Birmingham Uni / UWM Milwaukee
Current tour dates, taken from the Stan Won't Dance website:


10 June, 2006
Traverse, Edinburgh, SCOTLAND
W: / T: 0131 228 1404

15 & 16 June 2006
Malvern Theatres, Malvern, ENGLAND
W: / T: 01684 892277


March 8 – 11, 2006
VSA Arts of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA
W: / T: USA (505) 345-2872

March 14 – 19, 2006
Performance Space 122, New York, USA
W: / T: USA (212)477-5288

March 20, 2006
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, USA
W: / T: USA (412) 456-6666

March 28, 2006
Wexner Center, Columbus, OH, USA
W: / T: USA (614) 292-3535

March 30 – April 1, 2006 (Canada Premiere)
Harborfront Center, Toronto, CANADA
W: / T: CANADA (416) 973-4000

I saw this in Birmingham last year, it certainly is one of the best examples of physical theatre around, I'll be going again in Malvern for sure.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:21 am 

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Sinner, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
by NEIL COOPER for the Scotland Herald

Subtitled A Self-Destructive Solo For Two Men, the sense of devil-and-angels dualities is at times reminiscent of Performance, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg's post-modern film noir of similarly styled London outsiderdom, in which a gangster and a rock star adopt each other's personalities to the extent of eventually cancelling each other out.

published: June 12, 2006

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2006 4:59 am 

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Location: Birmingham Uni / UWM Milwaukee
It was great to see this again last night at the Malvern Theatres. Rob Tannion no longer performs and has been replaced by dancer Ben Wright who more than adequately fills the roll of Martin.

This piece is exactly what physical theatre should be.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:50 am 

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Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia



Stan Won’t Dance

Laban are delighted to announce the world premiere of Revelations, the new piece from Stan Won’t Dance, in the Laban Theatre on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October at 1930hrs.

Stan Won’t Dance has a commitment to looking at how dance can address issues surrounding real people in real situations and examining the darker side of the human condition. Revelations examines the world of punishment in all its guises – physical, sexual, emotional and mental. Taking as its starting point the book of Revelations and epic biblical notions of retribution, seven performers inhabit a world where marauding angels feed on the secrets and guilt of an unassuming couple. Ravenous for retribution they manipulate bodies, hearts and minds via acerbic text and daredevil aerial choreography to create a world in which heaven and earth collide and where punishment is pain, pain is pleasure and pleasure becomes the greatest punishment of all.

Conceived and directed by Liam Steel and choreographed by Liam Steel and Robert Tannion, Stan Won’t Dance are collaborating on the script for Revelations with Nigel Charnock – veteran virtuoso in damage and leading exponent of the transgressive take on sin and sexuality. Set and costumes are designed by leading West End designer Michael Pavelka, original music is composed by Jonathan Cooper, video by Matt Spencer and the lighting design by Ian Scott. Ellie Beedham is creative producer and research collaborator.

Revelations is performed by an international cast of seven - Leon Baugh (Jasmin Vardimon; Bare Bones), Caroline Bridges (Motionhouse), Joel Corpuz (Australian Dance Theatre), Raquel Meseguer (Punch Drunk, Lost Dog), Sonja Perreten (Julia Sasso and Wen Wei Wang), Liam Steel and Rob Tannion.

Stan Won’t Dance is a new company founded in 2003 by creative arts producer Ellie Beedham in collaboration with the two long-standing lead male performers of DV8 Physical Theatre – Liam Steel and Robert Tannion. It was as a result of their shared vision to expand the boundaries of physical theatre, new writing and visual imagery to create theatre pieces which fully integrate movement, music and text. The company’s first piece, Sinner, premiered in the UK in 2004 to great critical and public acclaim and went on to tour Britain, the USA and Canada, gaining a nomination for the prestigious Toronto Tapa Dora Award.

Liam Steel was a core member of DV8 Physical Theatre, firstly as a performer and then also as Assistant Director of the company, alongside Lloyd Newson. As a freelancer Liam has collaborated with the foremost physical theatre companies in this country including Complicité, David Glass Ensemble and four productions with Frantic Assembly. Australian born Rob Tannion came to Europe in 1993. He joined Alias Compagnie in Switzerland before becoming a core member of DV8 Physical Theatre, with whom he devised and performed four original works. Rob has collaborated with Klaus Obermaier, Complicité, Russell Maliphant and was recently Associate Choreographer on the stage version of Lord of the Rings.

· Tour website:

· Revelations contains scenes of an adult nature and is not suitable for young people.

· Stan Won't Dance are Artists in Residence at South Bank Centre, London and The Lowry, Salford.

· Revelations is co-produced by South Bank Centre and Stan Won’t Dance in association with Laban; commissioned and presented by Dance Touring Partnership and supported by Arts Council England, the Esmèe Fairbairn Foundation and the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. This production was developed through Jerwood Changing Stages Choreolab 2 at DanceXchange and at The Lowry Choreographers in Residence scheme.

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