Press Release: DANCE UMBRELLA 2003 - Festival Update
Dance Umbrella is celebrating 25 years of successfully
presenting and promoting adventurous contemporary dance.
1. Jerwood Proms: ‘Stand Up For Dance’
is a further success!
Dance Umbrella presented the Jerwood Proms as part of Dance Umbrella 2003, this unique Stand Up For Dance initiative gave nearly 4,500 people the opportunity to enjoy the world’s best contemporary dance companies (Michael Clark, Trisha Brown Dance Company and KARAS) at Sadler’s Wells, for just a £5 per standing place.
Dance Umbrella is delighted that the Jerwood Charitable Foundation again chose to support this initiative as part of Dance Umbrella 2003, to deliver one of the best arts bargain in Britain.
2. Dance Umbrella at 25
- BBC4, Mon 27 Oct at 8.30pm
Dance Umbrella is further delighted to announce the transmission date and time of the documentary Dance Umbrella at 25 on BBC4, as Monday 27 October at 8.30pm. Made by Silverapples Media and shot over the spring and summer of 2003, Dance Umbrella at 25 celebrates the the 25th anniversary of Dance Umbrella and the personal journey of its founder and Artistic Director, Val Bourne.
3. Matthews Hawkins Stories that Run Parrellel, as it turns out.
In a new initiative, 2001 Jerwood Choreography Award winning choreographer/dancer Matthew Hawkins continues to read different, 30 minute fragments, from his dance diary as part of Dance Umbrella's 25th Anniversary Festival. In 2001 Hawkins was awarded the Chris de Marigny Dance Writers Award.
· Thurs 16 Oct @ 7pm The Place Founders Studio
· Fri 24 Oct @ 6.30pm Sadler’s Wells:Kahn Lecture Theatre
· Sat 25 Oct @ 6.30pm Royal Festival Hall: Voice Box
4. Umbrella Unfurled.
To celebrate Dance Umbrella’s 25th anniversary, famous, infamous and never seen before historical and documentary footage of the Dance Umbrella festival will slowly reveal itself through the month of October in a growing video installation throughout the Royal Festival Hall foyers. Umbrella Unfurled is free of charge.
5. Jerwood Choreography Awards
The winners of the 2003 Jerwood Choreography Awards will be announced and presented by William Forsythe on Monday 20 October at LABAN, Creekside, London SE8. Three awards in total will be presented, one for £17,000 and two for £8,500. Performance artist Rose English will host the evening which will also feature performances from past Award Winners Tom Sapsford, Maresa von Stockert and Jasmin Vardimon. Dance Umbrella has once again been appointed Managing Agent for the Awards scheme and will provide moral and administrative support for the choreographers throughout the process.
6. Dance Umbrella and Critical Dance Festival Forum
Dance Umbrella has teamed up with Criticaldance.com to provide a, views and reviews forum, for audience members with regard to Dance Umbrella 2003 events and performances. The Festival Forum can be found at www.danceumbrella.co.uk
For more information check out the updated Dance Umbrella website including festival videoclips and tour news at www.danceumbrella.co.uk
Dance Umbrella was founded in 1978 with the aim of reflecting and encouraging the burgeoning interest in contemporary dance in Britain. From modest beginnings as a showcase for emerging choreographers, Dance Umbrella’s annual London festival now ranks highly among Europe’s leading international dance festivals and the organisation is recognised as one of Britain’s most adventurous dance promoters presenting a year round programme of work in London and across the UK. Under Val Bourne’s artistic direction, Dance Umbrella has been responsible for introducing into this country some of the greatest international contemporary dance companies as well as nurturing, promoting and sponsoring some of the best of British modern dance.The commissioning programme is a vital part of that success and this year is supporting Michael Clark, Charles Linehan Company, Russell Maliphant Company and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Dance Umbrella 2002 achieved the highest ever attendance of any festival in the company’s history achieving 92% over the 59 public performances.
Dance Umbrella 2003 is supported by Time Out.
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