Leeds based Slanjayvah Danza's new work CRAZY JOANNA receives support
from Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust
JENNI Wren and Slanjayvah Danza are delighted to have received funds
from the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust which will be put
towards the creation of her new work Crazy Joanna, to be premiered at
SEVEN Arts in Leeds on 1 May 2010.
Crazy Joanna explores the dark side of passion, taking the viewer on a
journey through history revealing the torment of emotionally abused
women through the ages. From the tortured life of medieval Spanish
Queen Juana la Loca, through the backstreets of Buenos Aires at the
birth of the Tango to a neighbourhood near you, this socially
conscientious piece recounts the anguished escape of a woman trapped
in abusive relationships.
Following on from the extraordinary reviews and positive audience
reaction to Blind Passion at the Cloud Dance Festival in London on
December 5/6, Crazy Joanna (the second of the three Passion
choreographies from Jenni Wren), promises to be equally as compelling
The Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust was established under the
Will of Mrs Geraldine Elsie Downes on her death in December 1969. Mrs
Downes named the Trust in memory of her father E. Phillips Oppenheim,
the author, and her son, John Downes. Slanjayvah Danza relies on the
generosity of private funders such as The Oppenheim-John Downes
Memorial Trust to meet the additional funding needed to make works
such as Blind Passion and Crazy Joanna possible and is extremely
grateful to the Trust for their contribution.
1.Slanjayvah Danza is resident dance company at Seven Arts Space,
Harrogate Road, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
2.October 2009 - Voluntary Arts England awarded Slanjayvah funds from
their Open Door Grants to fund a series of dance training days.
3.November 2009 Distinguished artist David Cobleywww.davidcobley.co.uk
has given permission for Slanjayvah
Danza to use one of his paintings "Into the Light" to promote their
new work, Crazy Joanna.
4.Current Choreographic works by Jenni Wren: Mode: Sensation/Thought -
triple bill comprising Blind Passion (the beauty of passion), Crazy
Joanna (the darkness of passion), and wip Minor Tears (artistry fuelled by
5.Link to website news and reviews
Carol Lee, Press Officer, 07899096235, Jenni Wren, Artistic Director 07835 010883