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: www.revelationstour.co.uk
· 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.