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 Post subject: Resolution! 2001
PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2000 10:39 am 
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Image <P>Maria Ryan 'What the body remembers'<P><BR>Not much happens in January. But in London we have Resolution! where 75 young companies will perform, 3 per night, from 4-28 January. There are first-timers, returners and selected companies from the Continent, usually at the weekends. Realistically, you'll be lucky to see three goodies, but you might see 1 brilliant, a goodie and a not bad.<P>Usually Resolution! takes place at The Place Theatre, but this year, due to re-building at The Place, it takes place at The Bloomsbury, round the corner.<P>Here are the listings. If you click on the more details there are photos and info. for all 75 companies.<P> <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/perffrm.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/perffrm.html</A> <P><BR>And here's an interview with John Ashford, Director of The Place Theatre, who keeps in close touch with the grass roots of UK dance in order to be able to mount this annual festival of new dance.<P> <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/aboufrm.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/aboufrm.html</A> <P><BR> Image <P>'Aerowaves'<P>Here is some discussion about the Aerowaves Continental companies element:<P> <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/about/aero.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/about/aero.html</A> <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited December 17, 2000).]


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Wow--it never ceases to amaze me ---the variety and breadth of contemporary dance being done all over--Eastern Europe, the Balkans!!,,,,their work there would be fascinating to see...how they are influenced by the political and social events around them! Wow--mind-boggling! Right now, I'm feeling so isolated over here the ole US of A!! <BR>Has anyone seen any of these groups which are on the roster for this Festival? If so, by all means, give us your impressions!<P>[This message has been edited by trina (edited December 18, 2000).]<p>[This message has been edited by trina (edited December 18, 2000).]


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In terms of companies from here there and everywhere, trina, how about some Norwegian modern dance? Here is the website (much in English) of the heavily state funded dance company Carta Blanche. I haven't seen them perform, but when I was in Bergen, I did see a rehearsal as they created a new work. <P> <A HREF="http://www.ncb.no/" TARGET=_blank>http://www.ncb.no/</A>


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2001 1:15 am 
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Resolution mixed bill. Judith Mackrell sees a good show of work by younger performers or choreographers.<P> <A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,422335,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,422335,00.html</A>


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'Resolution! & Jeremy James - Lucky dip passes muster but the fish finger rules.' By Jenny Gilbert <P><BR><A HREF="http://www.independent.co.uk/enjoyment/Theatre/Dance/Reviews/2001-01/gilbert140101.shtml" TARGET=_blank><B> </B>Jenny Gilbert's review</A><BR>


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Image <P>Dans, Kias. Saskia Hölbling and David Subal in 'Distance. Two. Near'<P><B>Ann Williams </B>reviews the <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/home.html" TARGET=_blank><B>Resolution!</B></A> programme from Saturday, 13th January for criticaldance. Many thanks Ann, I'm sure we all hope this will be the first of many.<P><BR>*************************************************************************<P>I’ve always thought that the annual Resolution! programmes are a bit of a lucky dip, like buying a job lot at an auction because you’ve spotted something you really want in it - you have to buy the whole lot anyway and just hope there might be some other goodies in the box. On Saturday night at the Bloomsbury Theatre I got lucky - two of the three items on offer were real finds, and the third was, well, interesting.<P>In fact, it was this third one which opened the programme. The Austrian group (actually a twosome) Dans.Kias’ ‘Distance.Two.Near’ was performed - I can’t quite say ‘danced’ - on a set comprising six metal chairs. The two performers, Saskia Hölbling and David Subal, moved between the chairs, occasionally sitting on them but more often taking attitudes over them. Subal was given the more generous movements, and let his body speak eloquently and with impressive control in the scuptural poses the choreography demanded. Dressed in a rather oversized grey business suit and with his fashionably floppy hair, he looked appealing. Hölbling, a well-built woman with spiky blonde hair and wearing a scanty silvery shift teamed with Doc Martens, had less to do but nevertheless was a powerful and graceful mover. There was no music, but about a third of the way through the piece, the pair began to speak conversationally (in German) as they moved. I think it would really have been helpful if we could have had surtitles here, because probably what they were saying was an integral part of the choreography. A shame.<P>Distance.To.Near was partially funded by the Austrian Cultural Institute.<P>In contrast, the second piece - h2 Dance performing ‘Ostrich’ was hilarious. Choreographed by Hanna Gilgren, and danced by Gilgren herself and Heidi Rustgaard, the piece seemed to be about getting trussed up in masking tape, though the programme notes loftily claimed that it was about ostriches ‘taking on board the human characteristics of fear...instinctual reactions to external demands, confrontation and love’. The only fleeting resemblance to the famed ostrich movement of burying its head in the sand came when the pair bent down to place their heads between their ankles Gilgren and Rustgaard (there were no programme notes at all about any of the dancers so I don’t know which was which) were a strongly contrasted pair, one very tall and well-built, the other small and slight. <P>The accompanying tape of twittering birdsong and assorted rainforest plunkings and drippings gave the piece a lushly tropical feeling, yet the women were dressed in down-to-earth chinos and tee shirts. They moved like West End hoofers through Gilgren’s energetic choreography, rocking and rolling, bumping and grinding and at one point scuttling across the stage at speed like particularly scary spiders. But the main leitmotiv was masking tape, large rolls of which were used with reckless profligacy. They rolled themselves in it, trussed themselves up in it like Egyptian mummies, spun in and out of it like Lise and Colas in the ribbon dance in ‘La Fille mal Gardee’. They were wonderful. <P>The best and funniest part of all this was the satisfactorily juicy noise the tape made as it parted from the roll, as well as the witty commentary from the dancers themselves, and I loved when the smaller of the two women was finally trussed up from shoulder to knee and could only hop off stage at the end, still spouting cheerfully. The piece had an impressive list of funders, amongst them the Swedish and Norwegian embassies, which may at least give the clue to the nationalities of the two dancers which the programme notes failed to provide. <P>Finally came Bread Dance Theatre’s ‘In So Fa’ which was about five people on a sofa - geddit? (One couldn’t help but be reminded of ‘Friends’). Five dancers - two men, three women - bounce and roll on a red plush sofa, playing out their fantasies and fears, dreams and imaginings. The sofa, the only prop, became table, bed, house, stairs etc as necessary.<P>The accompanying and very effective music was a tape of pop music, mostly vocals, some of which I half-recognised but couldn’t put a name to. Again, the programme was absolutely no help here. Choreographed by Neil Fisher and Company, the dancers were Bettini Carpi, Barney Dillon, Victoria Hainsby, Breeze Robertson and Pablo Sanchez and they were all excellent. The prevailing mood of the muscular, vigorous choreography was an optimistic one, and it was an inspired choice as a closing number to this programme. I hope we’ll see more of Bread Dance Theatre. <P>This piece was created with assistance from the Wandsworth Arts Festival.<P>Much as I hate to harp on about this, I have to say that the Resolution programme notes were, to say the least of it, unhelpful. The slim folder we all received, containing both the brief programme notes and a Resolution audience survey form, was free. I would rather have paid a small amount, say £1-£1.50 for more informative programme notes, with a least brief biographies of the dancers and some basic information about the music used. Next year........<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited January 16, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Resolution! 2001
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Here's Ann Sacks's review from the Evening Standard for the opening night on 4th January.<P> <A HREF="http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/newsfrm.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.theplace.org.uk/reso2001/html/newsfrm.html</A>


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