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 Post subject: Laban Autumn 2003 News
PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:14 am 

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The auditorium at Laban is one of the best 300 seat theatres for dance in London with great comfort and fab sightlines. The on-sight student body ensures an enthusuastic and knowledgable audience. In addition, the building is well worth a visit on its own account.

Here's the press release for their exciting Autumn programme of performances:

Laban News Information

Laban Theatre: live dance, circus and music in an award-winning building


BOX OFFICE 020 8469 9500

This Autumn, Laban Theatre focuses on physical theatre in a spectacular project with the Generating Company; we continue to present shared evenings of dance with a series of double and triple-bills; plus a season of work from Laban’s graduating Masters degree students – you saw them here first!!

Saturday 20 September
Angela Woodhouse and Caroline Broadhead Court
Laban Café 10:30am, 12:00noon, 2:00pm and 3:30pm FREE
‘Court’ looks at the notion of disclosure and secrecy within a confined space and is performed by Karl Sullivan (Arc Dance Company) and Marcia Pook (Frantic Assembly). ‘Court’ is part of the London Open House 2003: Dancing Houses architecture weekend.

Saturday 11 October
byte – electronic music
Laban Café 8:00pm - late £3
Laban is transformed into an underground hub of DJs playing the best in electronic music accompanied by a choreographed display of projected visuals. Tickets are only available on the door.

Thursday 16 October
South East Dance Company Shift 4 new dance works
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £10 / £7 (concessions)
An evening of new dance ranging from the abstract to the theatrical; with choreography by Annie pui ling Lok, Steve Parry, Eva Daurios, and Anne Colvin (Laban alumni).

Saturday 25 October
Henri Oguike Dance Company Front Line, f.p.s, Finale
Bonnie Bird Theatre 8:30pm £12/ £7 (concessions) *Tickets on sale from 1 October
A welcome return to the Bonnie Bird Theatre by one of the UK’s most exciting contemporary dance companies - expect powerful dancing and technical excellence.

Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 November
Mark Murphy Ghost Dances
Rahel Vonmoos a shadow of itself
Deborah Saxon and Henry Montes Uncouple
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £12 / £7 (concessions)
Two members of Siobhan Davies’ Dance Company, Henry Montes and Deborah Saxon, present their own work ‘Uncouple’ - a conversation weaving its way between improvisation and choreographic land. Mark Murphy’s film ‘Ghost Dances’ is a montage of historical memories and images drawing on his past work in theatre and dance. Rahel Vonmoos collaborates with Deborah Jones in ‘a shadow of itself’.

Friday 7 November
Gandini Juggling Quartet
Bare Bones Bounced Bach / Tautology
RJC Dance J2RnB
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £12 / £7 (concessions)
Gandini Juggling perform an unashamed celebration of group juggling in ‘Quartet’;
Bare Bones present part of their ‘Up Close and Personal’ season with original works from William Tuckett and Kim Brandstrup; and RJC Dance perform an excerpt from ‘J2RnB’ - an explosive jazz dance show influenced by Latin, Hip Hop, Soul and RnB.

Wednesday 12 November
h2dance Faked
Rose’s Thoughts Morgan and Ridge (Premiere)
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £12 / £7 (concession)
h2dance present ‘Faked’ an examination of the reality behind the mask and make up of the performer which brings to life exaggerated and eccentric characters from 19th century circus. Co-commissioned by Laban, ‘Morgan and Ridge’ by Rose’s Thoughts follows the journey four archetypal characters embark on to shed the limitations of their prescribed roles in society.

Thursday 13 November
Siobhan Davies Lecture Demonstration - Window on Process
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £5
Focusing on the relationship of dance with sound, renowned choreographer Siobhan Davies will discuss her current creative process for a new piece of work as members of her award-winning company show fragments of the work in process.

Tuesday 18 November
Home Ties: Tom Dale, Jean Abreu, Kira Rikkonen
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £8 / £6 (concession)
An evening of work from emerging choreographers who have one thing in common – all are graduates of Laban. Tom Dale presents the captivating ‘Spheres’; Jean Abreu combines Latin flow and dynamics, high energy and hypnotic soft movement in the duet ‘Hibrido’, while Kira Rikkonen looks at female roles in ‘Isn’t She Lovely’.

Thursday 20 – Friday 21 November
k|n|d|c adaptation (London Premiere)
methods of display and concealment
Maresa von Stockert Beyond the Seven Seas (working title) (London Premiere)
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £12 / £7 (concession)

k|n|d|c perform two works: ‘adaptation’ is a fast-paced duet exploring the notion of evolution and linguistics, and ‘methods of display and concealment’ is a trio that explores the extremes of physicality contrasting with the nuances of human interaction. Maresa von Stockert’s ‘Beyond the Seven Seas’ is infused with her trademark ironic wit and theatricality as the performers jump into an absurd world of fisherman’s tales and take the spectator for a dive into the blue abyss.

Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 November
Generating Company Lactic Acid Laban Collaboration
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £12 / £10 (concession)
‘Lactic Acid’ is a spectacular performance about the body which fuses together the disciplines of circus and dance. Includes the Gandini Jugglers choreographed by Gill Clarke.

Laban Walk-up Events
Our popular ‘Walk-up Events’ programme continues this Autumn. All tickets cost £1 and are only available from 6:30pm on the day of the performance from Laban. Places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Masters 2003
A season of degree shows from Laban’s MA dance and design students - a celebration of new work and new ideas for dance performance. Events start from 6:30pm and take place in various spaces around Laban, making use of the extra-ordinary building.

Tuesday 23 September
MA Dance Studies Choreography degree show

Thursday 25 September
MA Scenography [Dance] degree show
Stage, lighting and costume design for dance.

Tuesday 30 September
MA European Dance Theatre Practice degree show Programme 1
Wednesday 1 October
MA European Dance Theatre Practice degree show Programme 2

Monday 6 – Tuesday 7 October
MA Choreography degree show

Friday 31 October (Part 1) and Tuesday 9 December (Part 2)
Laban BA3 Students Performance Project
Bonnie Bird Theatre 7:30pm £1
New work from eight choreographers created on and performed by final year undergraduate students at Laban.

For further press information please contact Laraine Fisher, Arts Press Manager, Laban on 020 8469 9523 or email

Travel information
Trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or London Bridge Stations to either Deptford or Greenwich, then a 10 minute walk.
Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Cutty Sark station, then a 10 minute walk.
Bus numbers 47, 53, 89, 177, 180, 188, 199 and 225 all stop near Laban.

Laban is one of Europe’s leading institutions for contemporary dance artist training. Laban Theatre is a programme of dance, music and physical theatre performances by professional artists and artists studying at Laban.

Laban’s home on Deptford Creekside was designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the renowned Swiss architects behind Tate Modern. At the heart of the building, reflecting that performance is central to everything we do, is the state-of-the-art 300-seat Bonnie Bird Theatre, designed specifically for contemporary dance. Performances take place in this theatre, and in a number of other spaces in the building.

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 Post subject: Re: Laban Autumn 2003 News
PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2003 3:02 am 

Joined: Sun Oct 24, 1999 11:01 pm
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Location: London, England; Tallinn, Estonia
Skip a light fantastic
For 47 school pupils, a dance project offers the chance to learn choreography at the cutting edge and kick-start a career. By Abi newman for The Times:

APPROACHING LABAN contemporary dance centre through Deptford in southeast London, you are inclined to agree with the nine-year-old who has scrawled on a mural: “Tall tower blocks, grim and grey; long maisonettes, shy, grey, cold.” Then you turn the corner and see a rainbow of magenta, turquoise and green that almost takes your breath away. For there is nothing grim about the glass building (winner of this year’s architectural Stirling Prize ) that is home to 400 student dancers, and nothing “shy or grey” about the 47 secondary school pupils industriously choreographing a work called Light Atlas — a Map of Tomorrow.

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