Henri Oguike Dance Company
Autumn UK Tour – 27 September to 27 November 2003
Renowned for his vigorous, intricate and strong sense of musicality, Jerwood Choreography Award winner Henri Oguike and his company present a programme of contrasting dance pieces on its UK tour.
The four piece repertory includes a full company work, Dido & Aeneas, Henry Purcell’s music being Oguike’s prime inspiration to tell this tragic story and an entertaining fast-paced programme finale, choreographed to Rene Aubry’s music.
Also included are Frames Per Second, a solo work to music by the Kronos Quartet, created and danced by Henri Oguike, in collaboration with lighting designer Guy Hoare, exploring the relationship between movement, light and sound and finally Henri Oguike Dance Company presents the critically acclaimed Front Line, a sextet performed to Shostakovich’s 9th Quartet in E Flat. With constantly shifting moods, anger followed by listlessness, instruments squeal like animals and engage in wild stamping dances.
Henri Oguike Dance Company, Time Out Live Awards 2001 winner as ‘Most Outstanding New Dance Company’, is passionate about the relationship between music and dance. All choreography is by Henri Oguike.
Henri Oguike studied music, drama and dance at Swansea College, Wales and dance & choreography at the London Contemporary Dance School. In 1994 Henri danced with 4D (LCDS’s postgraduate performance group) and later that year became a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company. With an award from the Robin Howard Foundation in 1996, he created Amongst Shadows, which led to two further commissions enabling his first full evening of work presented at Acarte Theatre, Lisbon. In 1997 Henri received a Jerwood Choreography Award with which he created The Brutality of Fact. During 1999 he received a second commission from the Acarte Theatre to create Prime Origin and by Studio Theatre, London to create A moment of give. Independent commissions for 2000 include Seen of Angels, Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporaneo (CPBC) and Travel Matrix, UK Rocks. 2001 commissions include Casual Grace, Bare Bones Dance Company; Of Death and Stillness, CPBC and La,La,La …, National Youth Dance Company. Commissions for 2002 include Bright Side, Transitions Dance Company, Broken Strings, Swindon National Youth and F.P.S, First Class Air Male. Commissions for 2003 include With My Sighs, Curve Foundation, two duets for Escapade, Akademy, two new works for Henri Oguike Dance Company and a new work for Phoenix Dance Theatre.
For more information contact Tony Shepherd on 0207 383 0496
HENRI OGUIKE DANCE COMPANY - Autumn Tour 2003
Date Venue Box Office Repertoire
27 Sept The Riley Theatre, Leeds 0113 219 3002 Rep A
7 Oct Studio Theatre, Portsmouth 02392 344353 Rep B
9 Oct The Barn Theatre, Totnes 01803 847070 Rep B
11 Oct Oxford Playhouse 01865 305305 Rep A
15 Oct Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury 01684 295074 Rep A
22 Oct Corn Exchange, Newbury 01635 522733 Rep A
23 Oct Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea 01792 296883 Rep A
25 Oct Bonnie Bird Theatre, 0208469 9500 Rep B
6 & 7 Nov Cambridge Arts Theatre 01223 503333 Rep A
12 Nov Gala Theatre, Durham 0191 332 4041 Rep A
15 Nov The Electric Theatre, Guildford 01483 444789 Rep B
18 Nov The Hawth Theatre, Crawley 01293 553636 Rep A
20 Nov Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham 0115 846 7777 Rep C
27 Nov The Patrick Centre, Birmingham 0121 689 3040 Rep A
Rep A Front Line, Dido & Aeneas, Frames Per Second, Finale
Rep B Front Line, Frames Per Second, Finale
Rep C Dido & Aeneas, Frames Per Second, Finale
Live music will accompany all performances with the exception of Portsmouth,
Totnes and Nottingham