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3rd - 6th February Birmingham UK

Programme 2010


TIME

EVENT

VENUE

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StageSide The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre StageSide DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 Banqueting Suite, The Council House Birmingham Repertory Theatre Crowne Plaza The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

4 6 7 7 8 8 9 9

StageSide Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 StageSide Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome The Loft Lounge Elmhurst School for Dance Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrom Ikon Eastside The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

4 10 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 13

StageSide

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DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Foyers Birmingham Repertory Theatre Crowne Plaza The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

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StageSide Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome Town Hall StageSide

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The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome Council House Chamber

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Elmhurst School for Dance @ A E Harris

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StageSide @ A E Harris

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Ikon Eastside DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 @ A E Harris Town Hall Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

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StageSide IMI Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome StageSide DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 The Electric Cinema IMI Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome StageSide

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DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

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The Electric Cinema

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The Electric Cinema Birmingham Hippodrome

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DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 Elmhurst School for Dance @ A E Harris DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome Ikon Eastside

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StageSide DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 @ A E Harris Birmingham Hippodrome Foyers Birmingham Hippodrome Foyers

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Birmingham Hippodrome Birmingham Hippodrome

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Birmingham Hippodrome

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WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY / MERCREDI 3 FEVRIER 0900-2000 1630-1730 1630-1800 1730-1830 1830-2000 2000-2115 2115-2245 2230-2340

Registration, Information, Ticketing & Digital Suite PERFORMANCE: The Forest, Fevered Sleep NETWORKING: British Council Roadshow WORK IN PROGRESS: Sitting Room Circus, Wildwood Productions RECEPTION: Welcome Reception PERFORMANCE: God’s Garden, Arthur Pita RECEPTION: Arts Council England PERFORMANCE: Babel, Stan Won’t Dance

THURSDAY 4th FEBRUARY / JEUDI 4 FEVRIER 0900-2000 0930-1100 0930-1030 1100-1200 1130-1330 1200-1300 1300-1430 1430-1530 1600-1730 1630-1700 1630-1730 1630-1730 1730-1830 1830-2000 2000-2115 2115-2245 2230-2320

Registration, Information, Ticketing & Digital Suite DEBATE: Getting Dance Out & About in the 21st Century, IDMN PRESENTATION: DanceXchange Profile Event NETWORKING: Meet the Artists PERFORMANCE: A Blank Canvas, Heather Eddington PERFORMANCE: Dance3, NDN Initiative RECEPTION: Scottish Arts Council & Arts Council Wales PERFORMANCE: Salvage, Lost Dog DEBATE: Middle & Large Scale Work In Britain Today PERFORMANCE: Self-Interrupted Exhibition, Iona Kewney PERFORMANCE: The Forest, Fevered Sleep NETWORKING: British Council Roadshow 2: India, Middle East, North Africa & East Asia WORK IN PROGRESS: 5 SOLDIERS The Body is the Frontline, Rosie Kay Dance Company RECEPTION: Birmingham Royal Ballet & Elmhurst School for Dance PERFORMANCE: Yesterday, Jasmin Vardimon Company RECEPTION: Akademi PERFORMANCE: Roam, Tom Dale Company

FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY / VENDREDI 5 FEVRIER 0900-2000 0930-1100 1000-1400 1100-1200 1200-1300 1300-1350 1430-1550 1500-1535 1630-1730 1630-1730 1630-1720 1730-1830 1830-1905 1830-2000 2000-2130 2230-2330

Registration, Information, Ticketing & Digital Suite DEBATE: The Morning After NETWORKING: Trade Fair including Buffet Lunch NETWORKING: Meet the Artists PERFORMANCE: Lost, Aakash Odedra & Appel / Eteins Pas / Breakin Point, Company Decalage PERFORMANCE: Professor Liz Aggiss: Survival Tactics, Liz Aggiss PERFORMANCE: The Land of Yes and The Land of No, Bonachela Dance Company PERFORMANCE: Under Glass, Clod Ensemble NETWORKING: British Council Roadshow 3: Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, Australia & New Zealand PERFORMANCE: Spaceman, Dudendance PERFORMANCE: Ghosts in the Machine, Billie Cowie & 2 Men and a Michael, Gary Clarke WORK IN PROGRESS: L.O.L (lots of love), Protein PERFORMANCE: Under Glass, Clod Ensemble RECEPTION: International Dance Festival Birmingham PERFORMANCE: If We Go On, Vincent Dance Theatre PERFORMANCE: Ras Goffa Bobby Sands / The Bobby Sands Memorial Race, Eddie Ladd

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY / SAMEDI 6 FEVRIER 0900-2000 0930-1100 0930-1100 1030-1145 1000-1415 1100-1200 1100-1200 1200-1230 1200-1300 1215-1345 1415-1500 1300-1430 1400-1430 1430-1510 1500-1535 1500-1600 1630-1715 1630-1715 1630-1730 1730-1830 1830-1905 1830-2000 1900-2000 2000-2100 2100-0100

Registration, Information, Ticketing & Digital Suite DEBATE: The Morning After DEBATE: A New Diversity? WORK IN PROGRESS: Breakfast with Akram Khan INSTALLATION: TopShot, Thomas Hall & Mark Parry PRESENTATION: Work for Children and Families NETWORKING: Meet the Artists PERFORMANCE: Funny Bones, DanceXchange / two’s company dance management PERFORMANCE: Listen, ACE dance and music & Gertrud, Simon Ellis DEBATE: Multi-Platform Dance Part One – what and where is dance in the digital world? DEBATE: Multi-Platform Dance Part Two – Ravi Deepres in conversation with Jonathan Watkins RECEPTION: People Dancing PERFORMANCE: Funny Bones, DanceXchange / two’s company dance management PERFORMANCE: Still, Candoco Dance Company PERFORMANCE: Under Glass, Clod Ensemble WORK IN PROGRESS: The 5 Man Show, dx productions PERFORMANCE: Rites, Company Chameleon PERFORMANCE: Figure This, Anna Krzystek NETWORKING: British Council Roadshow 4: Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Central & Southern Asia WORK IN PROGRESS: Jasmin Vardimon Company PERFORMANCE: Under Glass, Clod Ensemble PERFORMANCE: Stride! NETWORKING: Meet the Artists PERFORMANCE: Two x Two / Choice / AfterLight Part 1, Russell Maliphant Company & CobosMika Company FINAL NIGHT PARTY

SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY / DIMANCHE 7 FEVRIER 0930-1100

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DEBATE: The Morning After


Welcome to British Dance Edition 2010, hosted by DanceXchange on behalf of the National Dance Network. Presenting British Dance Edition (BDE) is a great honour and, having first hosted the event in Birmingham in 2002, DanceXchange is honoured to be doing so again in 2010. Our intention with this year’s BDE was to change perceptions of our dance scene here in Britain, and our challenge was finding a programme that would surprise and inspire prospective delegates, both UK-based and from countries across the world. Myself, Paul Burns and Hannah Sharpe (the programming team for BDE 2010) have, over the past few months, watched dance the length and breadth of Britain to pull together the programme you are here to see. We hope the choices made will stimulate discussion about the artistic aesthetics that underpin this programme, and give a sense of the scale, variety and quality of work being developed in Britain today. We’re also looking forward to showing you some of the great venues here in Birmingham. Not only are we showcasing major theatre venues including the 1,800 seat Birmingham Hippodrome and prestigious Town Hall, but also more unconventional spaces that make great venues for site-sensitive dance, including the industrial edginess of @ A E Harris, a former metal press based in the Jewellery Quarter. Beyond the performances, there are numerous opportunities to make new contacts and discuss hot topics in the dance industry, with our series of debates and networking sessions. We’ve introduced more formal opportunities to talk to the artists performing at BDE 2010 through events like The Morning After and Meet The Artists. We’re very excited about the first ever BDE Research Project which will invest funds towards important choreographic research by artists. For the first time, the focus of BDE is not just about touring work, it is about making work and developing choreographic practice. The Trade Fair provides delegates with an opportunity to talk to non-presenting artists and find out more about what’s happening in the British dance scene. The lunchtime and evening receptions that flow throughout British Dance Edition 2010, will help fuel you through each day of the festival. The late night bar at StageSide, the BDE Hub, will be a great place to round off the day and relax with friends and colleagues. On a final note, don’t forget that the BDE team is here to assist you in any way possible during your visit, so please do come and say hello to us at StageSide, The BDE Hub, or call 0121 689 1095. I look forward to meeting you over the next few days, and hope that British Dance Edition 2010 not only gives you food for thought, but leads to strong working relationships with British artists and companies way into the future! David Massingham Artistic Director, DanceXchange Bienvenue ! DanceXchange est heureux de vous inviter au British Dance Edition. Nous l'avons accueilli à Birmingham en 2002 et nous sommes honorés de l'organiser à nouveau en 2010, à la demande du National Dance Network. Nous souhaitons vivement que que cette édition du festival fasse évoluer la perception de la scène danse britannique. Nous espérons que le programme choisi rassemblera des délégués des quatre coins du monde, favorisera discussions et débats artistiques et offrira une réelle vue d'ensemble la multitude de projets de qualité relatifs à la danse contemporaine au Royaume-Uni. L'équipe du BDE se tient à votre disposition et sera heureuse de répondre à vos questions et demandes pendant toute votre visite. J'attends avec impatience de vous rencontrer dans les jours à venir. J'espère sincèrement que le British Dance Edition 2010 vous donnera non seulement matière à réfléchir, mais vous permettra également de créer de solides partenariats avec des artistes et des sociétés britanniques!

Welcome from Karen Gallagher, Chair of National Dance Network (NDN) On behalf of the National Dance Network, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our BDE 2010, hosted by DanceXchange in Birmingham. Over the years, BDE has made a tangible impact on those artists taking part, enabling them not only to ‘sell’ their tours in the UK and internationally, to come together with dance producers, managers and funders, and to celebrate the UK dance scene. Set up in 2007, NDN took responsibility for BDE from 2008. NDN aims “to work together to achieve a thriving, risk taking and confident dance sector in Britain, where UK based choreographers have the opportunities to research, create and present world-class work that is promoted nationally and internationally”. BDE is one way that we respond to this aim. Another project initiated by NDN is Dance3 (see page 11), offering opportunities for 10 artists based in the UK to be part of triple bills that are touring all over the UK.

Contents

Key to Symbols

BDE Strand Summaries ........................................Page 4 Screenings, Classes & Walking Tours..................Page 5 The BDE Events Programme ................................Pages 6 - 33

Food will be available at this event Alcoholic & soft drinks will be available at this event

Page For Notes ......................................................Page 34 The BDE Events Programme Continued .............Pages 35 - 42 Page For Notes ......................................................Page 43

Hot drinks will be available at this event Soft drinks will be available at this event

Trade Fair Layout Plan ..........................................Pages 44 & 45 Coach Timetables, Maps & Travel Info ................Pages 46 & 47

Coach transportation to this event (see timetable on page 46) 3


Registration & Ticketing

The BDE Hub

About The BDE Digital Suite

On arrival at BDE, your first place to visit will be The BDE Hub at StageSide, where you’ll collect your registration documents and tickets for shows you’ve been allocated a seat for. You can also sign up for events that may have been added to the programme since you registered, such as the DanceXchange Profile Event (see page 10). If you need to change or return any of your tickets, please come to the registration desk and speak to a member of the team. The Registration & Ticketing desk will be open from 09.00 until 20.00 each day, or you can call 0121 689 1095.

StageSide at Birmingham Hippodrome is our “Hub” for this year’s BDE – a place to meet people, grab a coffee, find out about the programme (and Birmingham), access computer facilities, and ask for help. The Hub will be open from 09.00 each day, or you can call 0121 689 1095.

To help you stay connected during BDE, we’ve set up a Digital Suite where you can access a computer with internet connection free of charge. You can check and send emails, use the internet, and access your BDE 2010 Network account – allowing you to post comments and reviews about things you’ve seen, catch up on BDE news, and make the most of contacting other delegates while you’re in Birmingham. The Digital Suite is situated upstairs in The BDE Hub at StageSide and is open from 09.00 until 20.00 each day.

Late night bar open until 02.00 every night.

The Morning After

The Trade Fair

We are taking a new approach to the debates that are part of BDE 2010. For the first time, the performance work itself will become the subject in The Morning After, featuring a distinguished line up of international presenters in discussion with John Ashford. There are a number of other important debates, exploring subject matter which has not been interrogated in this way at BDE before, and giving you a contextual framework for what is happening in Britain today. We look forward to the discussions and the sharing of knowledge.

After enjoying the grandness of St George’s Hall for the BDE 2008 Trade Fair in Liverpool, we’re showing off one of Birmingham’s most prestigious venues for this year’s Trade Fair – Town Hall. Re-opened in 2007 after a £35 million renovation, it really is a flagship venue for the city. The Trade Fair event is a great place to make new contacts, with lots of stalls representing a wide range of British dance companies, suppliers and organisations. You don’t even need to leave the building to grab something to eat or drink, so take your time and enjoy this networking event.

Le Matin D’Après Cette année, les débats du British Dance Edition prennent une nouvelle forme. Pour la première fois, une œuvre représentée sera elle-même le sujet de la discussion, dans The Morning After, matinées au cours desquelles des intervenants célèbres venus du monde entier échangeront avec John Ashford. D'autres tables rondes à ne pas manquer traiteront de questions qui n'ont encore jamais été abordées dans le cadre du British Dance Edition. Vous gagnerez ainsi vision plus complète du contexte de la production de danse contemporaine au Royaume-Uni. Ce partage de connaissances et d'opinions promet d'être très enrichissant!

Salon commercial Après avoir apprécié la splendeur du St. George's Hall où s'est tenu le salon du BDE à Liverpool en 2008, c'est encore un cadre grandiose qui nous accueille cette année. L'hôtel de ville de Birmingham est l'un de ses bâtiments les plus impressionnants ; ce lieu phare a rouvert en 2007 après des travaux de rénovation représentant un investissement de 35 millions de livres. Le salon du British Dance Edition est le lieu idéal afin d'établir des contacts : on y trouve de nombreux stands dans lesquels sont représentés sociétés, fournisseurs et organismes britanniques, tous impliqués dans le domaine de la danse. Vous pouvez même vous restaurer avec des boissons et snacks servis sur place. Alors prenez votre temps et profitez de cet événement pour développer votre réseau!

Receptions

The BDE Research Project

No BDE would be complete without receptions – a chance to relax and meet up with other delegates in between performances and events. This year we’ve scheduled several receptions each day in venues across the city, generously supported and hosted by a range of organisations. These receptions, in tandem with other events such as Meet The Artists, will be an opportunity to make plans and meet new people.

For the first time ever, BDE is developing choreographic projects of its own with The BDE Research Project. This innovative project brings together a wealth of knowledge from across Britain and beyond to foster creativity in the British dance scene. Although closed to spectators at this BDE, the projects that are chosen will be developed after BDE happens, and becoming new commissions that return to BDE in 2012. The event will be filmed and you’ll be able to view this on our website afterwards.

Cocktails Le British Dance Edition ne saurait se passer de réceptions festives, l'occasion de se détendre et d'échanger avec les autres délégués entre les différents événements du festival. Cette année, plusieurs réceptions sont prévues chaque jour dans différents lieux à travers Birmingham, grâce à l'accueil et au soutien généreux de nombreuses organisations. En lien avec d'autres événements tels que Meet The Artists, ces cocktails vous offrent l'opportunité de nouer des liens et élaborer de nouveaux projets.

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Projet de Recherche du BDE Pour la toute première fois, le British Dance Edition crée ses propres projets chorégraphiques. L'idée novatrice du Projet de Recherche rassemble des chercheurs riches de savoir, venus de toute la GrandeBretagne et au-délà, afin de promouvoir la créativité sur la scène danse britannique. Bien que ces projets ne soient pas accessibes aux spectateurs du British Dance Edition cette année, ceux qui seront sélectionnés seront ensuite réalisés et reviendront sur scène au festival en 2012.


FORWARD MOTION Thursday 4th & Friday 5th February Lloyds TSB Hospitality Room, Level 3, Birmingham Hippodrome The British Council and South East Dance launched Forward Motion as part of the Dance for Camera Festival 2008. Featuring historic, seminal and ground breaking films, Forward Motion creates a moving snapshot of Britain’s prolific screen dance output.

Forward Motion: Intros Thursday 4th, 11.00-12.02 // Friday 5th, 14.30-15.32 Professor Liz Aggiss introduces the genre of screen dance.

Forward Motion: Insights Thursday 4th, 14.30-15.52 // Friday 5th, 16.00-17.52 Dr. Vena Ramphal presents a programme of experimental films with artists discussing their work.

Forward Motion: Artists’ Choice Thursday 4th, 17.30-18.47 // Friday 5th, 17.30-18.47 High profile dance makers introduce a film that has inspired their practice.

BIRMINGHAM CITY WALKING TOURS Thursday 4th February, Friday 5th February & Saturday 6th February // 14.30-16.00 While you’re at BDE, why not take some time out from dance and join one of our city walking tours to discover Birmingham’s historical past? Meet up with a BDE member of staff at the pick-up point 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Digbeth Tour with Ian Jelf Thursday 4th February Pick-up: 14.30 at Reception of Loft Lounge // 1st Drop off: Ikon Eastside // 2nd Drop off: BDE Hub Digbeth is where Birmingham began 1600 years ago as an Anglo-Saxon village. Join Ian, a tourist guide with over 20 years experience of tourism in Birmingham, and find out more about this fascinating part of the city centre.

Digbeth Tour with Ian Jelf Friday 5th February Pick-up: 14.30 at Town Hall // 1st Drop off: Ikon Eastside // 2nd Drop off: BDE Hub See above for details.

Jewellery Quarter Walk – Diamonds are forever! Friday 5th February

MORNING CLASS We’ve organised professional-level morning class for visiting company members and delegates to attend whilst at BDE. All sessions are free of charge and take place from 09.30 in DanceXchange Studio 3, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome. You can pre-book at The Hub or just turn up and register at DancXchange reception prior to class.

Pick-up: 14.30 at Town Hall // 1st Drop off: A E Harris // 2nd Drop off: BDE Hub Join Birmingham Tours on a unique guided tour around the Jewellery Quarter learning about its colourful past and present day glory.

Jewellery Quarter Tour – Diamonds are forever! Saturday 6th February Pick-up: 14.30 Lunchtime Reception at IMI Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome // Drop off: BDE Hub See above for details.

Gary Clarke // Thursday 4th February // 90 minutes Gary's class explores a variety of dynamic exercises and expansive movement phrases which focus on the alignment and centering of the body, using the core principles of Cunningham technique. Anthony Missen // Friday 5th February // 90 minutes Anthony Missen, Co-Artistic Director of Company Chameleon, will lead a contemporary dance technique class that begins with exercises for building core strength before introducing an improvisational element. Movement sequences focus upon body conditioning, contrast in movement quality, and floor-based movement systems. Rosie Kay // Saturday 6th February // 60 minutes Rosie Kay will be teaching a dynamic yoga class based on her 15 years of practise in yoga, Pilates and dance. This class will concentrate on breathing, dynamic sequences, alignment and meditation. A good start to the day, suitable for those with some previous experience of yoga.

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WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY / MERCREDI 3 FEVRIER PERFORMANCE SMALL SCALE WORK FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES DANCE THEATRE Image: Manuel Vason

BASED IN LONDON

THE FOREST FEVERED SLEEP Wednesday 3rd February 16.30-17.30 The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre

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Choreography & Direction: David Harradine & Sam Butler Design: David Harradine, Sam Butler & Ali Beale Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt Music: Jamie McCarthy Performers: Robin Dingemans, Sachi Kimura, Petra Söör

With a history of producing and presenting dance work for children and their families, DanceXchange has an interest in what is an emerging but dynamic sector of the UK dance industry. Fevered Sleep is at the forefront of this movement, and combines high production values, multi-talented performers and stunning sets to create work that has an incredible ability to tap into the imagination of young people. The Forest is a new dance-based performance piece for children aged 5-7 years, combining dance, images, sound and light. It’s the first in a new series of projects created for a young audience that explore ideas around natural landscapes. Through a movement and image-based performance it will explore and respond to ideas about forests; about renewal, transformation and change; about scale, space, and distance; about becoming lost, and wandering, finding a path, and travelling through. Contact: Sophie Pridell, General Manager // +44 (0)20 7922 2988 // admin@feveredsleep.co.uk // www.feveredsleep.co.uk DanceXchange s’investit depuis longtemps déjà dans la production et la diffusion de spectacles de danse destinés aux enfants et aux familles, un secteur en pleine croissance et déjà dynamique dans le monde de la danse au Royaume-Uni. La compagnie Fevered Sleep, à la tête de ce mouvement, met en œuvre un maximum de ressources et fait évoluer ses artistes aux talents multiples dans des décors époustouflants. Les spectacles ainsi créés ont le pouvoir extraordinaire de parler à l’imagination des plus jeunes.


WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY / MERCREDI 3 FEVRIER NETWORKING

BRITISH COUNCIL ROADSHOW Wednesday 3rd February 16.30-18.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome The British Council’s Drama & Dance Advisors will be on hand throughout BDE to offer general advice on the international dance constituency and answer region-specific questions in order to help you make the most of networking opportunities during BDE. During this first session, the Drama & Dance team will give a general overview of their working methods and outline ways that UK dance artists can engage with their programmes. This is a first come first served event -- no need to book in advance, just turn up.

WORK IN PROGRESS

Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome

When she’s told her dreams of flying on the trapeze are ridiculous, Su finds herself sad and alone at home. Then, on one magical night, her furniture takes pity on her and gradually comes to life, enabling her to achieve her dream in the most unexpected fashion. Sitting Room Circus combines dance theatre and puppetry with specially created furniture that transforms from domestic fixture to fantastical creature. A recorded score combines original piano composition by Paul Englishby and re-scored versions of well-known classical works – Beethoven for the ferocious sofa, Saint-Saëns for the flying scatter cushions, Bach for the balancing dining chairs. The finished production will be designed to play small to mid-scale venues, and will be a perfect introduction to musically based choreography for all the family.

BASED IN LONDON

Wednesday 3rd February 17.30-18.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2,

A Wildwood Production for family audiences aged 5 and above, this BDE performance is a taster of the full production.

DANCE THEATRE

WILDWOOD PRODUCTIONS

WORK FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Image: Johan Persson

SMALL SCALE

SITTING ROOM CIRCUS

DanceXchange commissioned Birmingham-born Will Tuckett to create a work for children and their families in 2005, and we have long been admirers of his work as a performer and choreographer with The Royal Ballet and others. So, when we heard that Will was setting up his new company, Wildwood Productions, we were keen to show an early glimpse of the work’s development at British Dance Edition. The new company maintains the high production values of Will’s recent work but, most importantly, focuses on his exceptional ability to tell stories and fire the imagination through dance.

Image: Johan Persson

Contact: Jacqueline Riding // +44 (0)7973 432212 // jacqueline_riding@hotmail.com DanceXchange apprécie et admire le travail de Will Tuckett, danceur et chorégraphe notamment au Royal Ballett. En 2005 déjà, cet artiste originaire de Birmingham avait réalisé à la demande de DanceXchange un spectacle s'adressant aux enfants et aux familles. Dès la fondation de sa compagnie Wildwood Productions, nous avons voulu offrir un premier aperçu de ses nouveaux projets à l’occasion du festival British Dance Edition. Avec toujours autant de ressources investies dans la création des spectacles, Wildwood Productions met l’accent sur l'habileté exceptionnelle de Will Tuckett pour conter ses histoires et éveiller l’imagination à travers la danse.

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WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY / MERCREDI 3 FEVRIER RECEPTION

WELCOME RECEPTION Wednesday 3rd February 18.30-20.00 Banqueting Suite, The Council House The National Dance Network, DanceXchange, and Small Scale Touring are delighted to launch BDE 2010 at this opening welcome reception. Join us for drinks and a chance to hear from the partners involved in making this internationally significant showcase event happen. It’s also a great chance to meet and get to know other delegates.

PERFORMANCE MIDDLE SCALE USE OF TEXT BASED IN LONDON

Image: Phil Conrad

DANCE THEATRE

GOD’S GARDEN ARTHUR PITA Wednesday 3rd February 20.00-21.15 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Performers Nuno Silva: Son Diana Payne-Myers: Grandmother Lorena Randi: Sister Jose Manuel Figueira: Father Valentina Golfieri: Bride Creative Team Director/Choreographer: Arthur Pita Set/Costume Designer: Jean-Marc Puissant Live Musician/Composer: Phil King Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers

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Having worked extensively in opera and theatre for the likes of The Royal Opera House and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Arthur Pita is a dance maker with a fantastic instinct for the theatrical. Although he has created work for a number of touring repertory dance companies, God’s Garden is his first major touring production at the middle scale under his own name. A work drawing extensively on his Portuguese roots, we were excited by the clarity of Arthur’s vision and the incredible cast of performers he has assembled. Arthur’s new full-length work God’s Garden (based on the parable of The Prodigal Son) brings to life the intensity and drama of rustic village life through dance theatre, live fado music, and a cast whose ages range from 26 to 82! Set high on a hill looking over the sea lies the magnificent village of Porto Moniz, Madeira. The golden boy of the Costa family flees on his wedding day, jilting his faithful bride to sow his wild oats. However, when he returns, there is much for his family to celebrate... and though the jilted bride's tears water a hungry garden, a wronged woman must take her revenge! Previous commissions include Snow White in Black (National Dance Award for Modern Repertory) and Mischief (Theatrical Management Award for Achievement in Dance). Contact: Rebekah Jones // +44 (0)7834 184231 // rebekah@creativeproducer.co.uk // www.arthurpita.com Le chorégraphe Arthur Pita a beaucoup travaillé avec l'opéra et le théâtre, par exemple le Royal Opera House et la Royal Shakespeare Company, montrant son talent remarquable non seulement pour la danse mais aussi pour la représentation théâtrale. Après avoir travaillé pour les spectacles itinérants de nombreuses compagnies, Arthur Pita nous présente pour la première fois une tournée sous son propre nom : c'est le spectacle God's Garden. Pour cette œuvre, il trouve une source d'inspiration majeure dans ses racines portugaises. Il a définitivement gagné notre enthousiasme par la clarté de sa vision et par les artistes extraordinaires qu'il a rassemblés.


WEDNESDAY 3rd FEBRUARY / MERCREDI 3 FEVRIER RECEPTION

RECEPTION: ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND Wednesday 3rd February 21.15-22.45 Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre

On the opening night of BDE, join Arts Council England for a reception at Crowne Plaza Birmingham, where you’ll find out about their consultation on the future priorities for the arts. The consultation will inform the Arts Council’s long term strategic framework and future investment decisions; a key tool to ensure that the arts and creativity can continue to flourish and deliver ‘great art for everyone’. Andrew Nairne, Executive Director, Arts Strategy and Janet Archer, Director, Dance Strategy will be presenting at, and hosting, the event. The Arts Council will also have a stand at our Trade Fair event on Friday (see page 44 & 45), where representatives will be on hand.

PERFORMANCE USE OF TEXT

Image: Nuno Santos

SMALL/MIDDLE SCALE

STAN WON’T DANCE

Birmingham Hippodrome Direction: Liam Steel & Rob Tannion Choreography: Liam Steel & Rob Tannion in collaboration with the performers Text: Patrick Neate Performers: Nathaniel Parchment, Moreno Solinas, Hugh Stanier, Dan Watson, Matthew Winston Design: Liam Steel Lighting Design: Andy Purves Sound Design: Gareth Fry Video Design: Matt Spencer Executive Director: Ellie Beedham Production Manager: Jon Woodley Technical Stage Manager: Andy Guard Sound Technician: Chris Reid Marketing: Tiffany Evans Administration & Education: Hanna Streeter

Combining explosive movement with words of mass destruction, choreographic mavericks Liam Steel and Robert Tannion create the ultimate act of dance-theatre terrorism, Babel. Abrasive, anarchic, honest and uncompromising; nothing and noone is safe as an all male cast collapses our safe ivory towers of political correctness. Suitable for 16yrs+.

BASED IN LONDON

Wednesday 3rd February 22.30-23.40 The Patrick Centre,

DANCE THEATRE

BABEL

The UK is known for producing fantastic dance theatre, and one of the companies at the vanguard of this sector in recent years has been Stan Won’t Dance. Known as mavericks, the company’s work is challenging, provocative and always generates discussion, which made the prospect of showing it’s new work at BDE an exciting one. The collaboration with writer Patrick Neate, who the team have admired as a novelist and poet, was also intriguing and will no doubt add to a work which we expect to be both thought provoking and compelling.

Babel was commissioned by Swindon Dance and Salisbury Arts Centre, coproduced by Laban Theatre and Stan Won’t Dance in association with Apples and Snakes, supported by Arts Council England and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Contact: Ellie Beedham // +44 (0)1303 257428 // admin@stanwontdance.com // www.stanwontdance.com Le Royaume-Uni a toujours été reconnu pour l'excellence de sa production artistique alliant théâtre et danse. Depuis quelques années déjà, Stan Won't Dance est l'une des compagnies qui, à la tête de ce secteur, entretiennent cette renommée. Stan Won't Dance rassemble des artistes qui ont construit leur succès en sortant des sentiers battus et leurs œuvres ne laissent jamais indifférent ; nous sommes donc particulièrement heureux de présenter leur travail dans le cadre de notre festival. Notre curiosité a également été éveillée par la présence artistique de Patrick Neate, romancier et poète, qui a gagné l'admiration de la troupe et a apporté sa contribution au spectacle Babel. Cet événement promet d'être provocant et fascinant!

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GETTING DANCE OUT AND ABOUT IN THE 21ST CENTURY INDEPENDENT DANCE MANAGER’S NETWORK Thursday 4th February 09.30-11.00 Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome From touring to distribution: what dance, where do we put it, who sees it and how do we manage it? This discussion, hosted by IDMN and facilitated by Nigel Hinds, explores new models being deployed by artists and producers as they pursue the aim of getting their work seen. Speakers will include: Lea Anderson, The Cholmondeleys and Featherstonehaughs; David Edmunds, Independent Producer and Tour Booker; Eckhard Thiemann, Independent Dance Producer.

PRESENTATION

DANCEXCHANGE PROFILE EVENT

Being Frank performing during International Dance Festival Birmingham 2010, photographer Brian Slater

Thursday 4th February 09.30-10.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome Find out more about DanceXchange, the host of this British Dance Edition. For both UK and International promoters this event is an opportunity to experience the wide range of British initiatives in dance that underpin dance development in this country. Through film and live performance we will highlight many of our projects including the Centre for Advanced Training for South Asian and Contemporary Dance, U.Dance, and Telford Culture Zone. A performance highlight will be West Midlands based youth group Being Frank, performing its new work Déjà Vu, choreographed by Artistic Director David McKenna.

NETWORKING

MEET THE ARTISTS Thursday 4th February 11.00-12.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome We’ve timetabled networking every day during BDE, giving you the opportunity to meet with other delegates, as well as talk to artists and companies that have performed the day before. The ground floor of StageSide is where you’ll be able to network and chat informally (and grab a coffee!), while the first floor will be reserved as a quiet space for more formal meetings with artists featured in the BDE programme.

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Images (l to r): Courtesy of Tanja Råman, Darren Ellis, Freddie Opoku-Addaie

PERFORMANCE MIXED BILL

INITIATIVE

EMERGING DANCE MAKERS

DANCE3

The development of the Dance3 pilot project is a really important step for small-scale dance in the UK. Taking some of the most exciting young dance makers and creating mixed bills for touring has been a challenging project, but the National Dance Network team has put together a great range of artists, and a model which can be built on and developed in future years. We’re presenting four of the ten selected artists here, and we feel they give a flavour of the range and depth of new dance makers creating work in the UK today.

NATIONAL DANCE NETWORK

A BLANK CANVAS Artistic Director: Heather Eddington Collaborating Artist: Martin Banks Co-Choreographers & Performers: Anna Bjerre Larsen & Sarita Piotrowski Filming & Animation: Martin Banks Drawing: Heather Eddington Set Designer: Robin Eddington Lighting Operator: Adam Taylor Speech Advisor: Phil Ormerod (RE)TRACES Performers: Tanja Råman (movement), John Collingswood (visuals) & Jon Ruddick (sound) Devised/Choreographed/Produced: Tanja Råman+dbini industries Lighting by/Lighting Design: John Collingswood Sound Design/Composer/Music: Jon Ruddick Costume Design: John Collingswood & Sophie Khan STICKS AND BONES Devised/Choreographed/Produced: Darren Ellis Dance Lighting/Lighting Design: Lee Curran Sound Design/Composer/Music: Darren Ellis Costume Design: Darren Ellis SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES Direction: Freddie Opoku-Addaie Choreography: Freddie Opoku-Addaie with performers Performers: Christina Kalliafa, Maggie Ho-Ki Kwan, Chris Rook, Louise Tanoto & Freddie Opoku-Addaie Soundscore: Sarah Shanson & Fred Dähn Costume Design: Joanne Plum and Natasha Lewis Original Lighting Design: Andy Downie

HHH Pre and post show screening in Pinsent Masons Suite HHH Heather Eddington A Blank Canvas A dancefilm installation blending the mediums of dance, film and animation. The dancers vividly recount their individual journeys and personal stories; nostalgically humorous and at times strikingly truthful but always intriguingly beautiful. Tanja Råman+dbini industries (re)traces creates constantly-evolving maps from traces of the dancing body, exploring the world of memories. Darren Ellis Sticks and Bones A solo for Darren and his drumsticks, this is an exploration of practice and the quest for perfection. When the sticks take control that’s when the trouble starts. Freddie Opoku-Addaie Silence Speaks Volumes This award-winning evocative and explosive work weaves a rich, multicultural movement vocabulary with powerful partnering and expansive gestures. The compelling soundscore combines cello with sampled lyrics from traditional Ghanaian Asante tribe music. Contact: Mark Makin // +44 (0)1242 574461 // mark@makinprojects.co.uk // www.makinprojects.co.uk Le développement du projet Dance 3 marque une étape importante pour les spectacles de danse à petite échelle au Royaume-Uni. Choisir quelques-uns des danseurs les plus fascinants de la scène britannique actuelle et monter une tournée présentant plusieurs spectacles en un : voilà le superbe défi relevé par le réseau British Dance Network, rassemblant des artistes exceptionnels et créant une structure qui pourra être réutilisée et développée au cours des années à venir. Nous présentons ici quatre des dix artistes sélectionnés ; venez les voir pour vous faire une idée de la variété et de la qualité des projets contemporains de danse au Royaume-Uni.

Image: Heather Eddington, photographer Mark Harvey

Thursday 4th February 12.00-13.00 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

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RECEPTION: SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL AND THE ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES Thursday 4th February 13.00-14.30 The Loft Lounge The Scottish Arts Council (SAC) and the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) invite you to a lunchtime reception to celebrate the dance artists, companies and organisations creating work in the devolved nations of the UK. The SAC and ACW are responsible for encouraging artistic development and championing the arts through investment, research and advocacy. At times of change in the cultural landscape of both countries, they invite you to join them to hear more about the dance sectors in Scotland and Wales.

PERFORMANCE SMALL/MIDDLE SCALE USE OF TEXT BASED IN LONDON

Image: Eddie Jacobs

DANCE THEATRE

LOST DOG SALVAGE Thursday 4th February 14.30-15.30 Elmhurst School for Dance Artistic Directors: Ben Duke, Raquel Meseguer Dancers: Seke Chimutengwende, Kath Duggan & Anna Finkel Design: Will Duke Dramaturg: Stephen Brown Lighting Designer: Jackie Shamesh

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Lost Dog has emerged in recent years as a company with a particularly individual voice in the dance theatre sector. We have been massively impressed by their ability to make work which is both theatrically coherent and physically compelling, whilst also drawing an audience into a world which is often dark and occasionally disturbing. What happens after the moment it’s all ended? Following on from its critically acclaimed Hungry Ghosts, which opened at the Corn Exchange in Autumn 2008, Salvage is a bold and moving new show from the award winning company Lost Dog. Employing the company’s unique blend of dance, theatre and live music, Salvage tells the story of what happens in the aftermath – about what becomes important and what we save. Contact: Nick Giles, Artistic Director The Corn Exchange // +44 (0)1635 582666 // nickg@cornexchangenew.co.uk // www.lostdogdance.co.uk Lost Dog s’est imposé au cours des dernières années en tant que troupe de théâtre et danse avec une vision personnelle et assumée. Leurs créations présentent à la fois une cohérence théâtrale et une performance physique fascinante. Ils invitent les spectateurs à les rejoindre dans un monde souvent sombre et parfois dérangeant. De quoi être impressionné!


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DEBATE: IN BRITAIN TODAY, ARE WE BRINGING THE BEST DANCE WORK TO AUDIENCES IN MIDDLE AND LARGE SCALE THEATRES? Thursday 4th February 16.00-17.30 Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome What artistic and aesthetic choices are being made and why? Is there enough dance work being produced for these scales? Does the number of dates available at this scale reflect the audience demand? Who is responsible for taking risks at the middle and large scale, venues or companies? Or is it simply a case of economics? Speakers include: Tim Brinkman, Hall for Cornwall; Stuart Griffiths, Birmingham Hippodrome; Alan Rivett, Warwick Arts Centre; Jan Ryan, UK Arts International; Charles Santos, TITAS. This debate is sponsored by Dance Consortium, the unique collaboration between 19 large-scale theatres that brings great international contemporary dance to audiences across the UK. Companies touring in 2010 include Danza Contemporánea de Cuba and Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker, for details visit www.DanceConsortium.com

FEVERED SLEEP

Choreographed/Performed by: Iona Kewney Composer/Musician: Joseph Quimby

Thursday 4th February 16.30-17.30 The Door, Birmingham Repertory Theatre For more information see the performance on Wednesday 3rd February (page 6).

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

THE FOREST

Iona Kewney est une artiste écossaise qui a travaillé avec plusieurs icônes du monde de la danse en Europe, dont Wim Vandekeybus et Alain Platel. Cette artiste extraordinaire, dans cette œuvre dont nous avons eu un aperçu au Fringe Festival à Edinburgh en 2009, marie avec adresse contorsion et acrobatie, repoussant les limites du corps. L'atmosphère est enrichie par un accompagnement musical fait de distorsions et de strates de sons électroniques. Une performance que vous n'êtes pas près d'oublier!

BASED IN SCOTLAND

Image: Bruno Clement

Contact: Iona Kewney // ionaqknee@hotmail.com

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

Thursday 4th February 16.30-17.00 Ikon Eastside

SMALL SCALE INSTALLATION

IONA KEWNEY

Iona’s work is balanced between dance, madness and performance art; the mentality of taking things beyond the limits of exertion, testing human will and physical endurance, bordering on the compulsions of madness. Methods of movement drawn from the imagination of an obsessive compulsive driven state. The detailed space in between is hungry with imagery, searchings, power and fragility-controls and chaos. Collected echoes of the mind, sound, thrust forth movement strategy in shapes. The music is a dark turbulent breeding force of undulating layers and loops in live creation. Thoughts and disorder are patterned through Handbalancing + Contortion + Hysteria.

PERFORMANCE

SELFINTERRUPTED EXHIBITION

Iona is a Scottish artist who has worked with some of the luminaries of the European dance scene, including Wim Vandekeybus and Alain Platel. She is an extraordinary performer and this work, which we saw as part of the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a remarkable combination of contortion, exertion and performance. With a live sound score heavy with distortion and layers of electronic noise adding to the atmosphere, this is a performance which lives long in the memory after it ends.

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BRITISH COUNCIL ROADSHOW 2: INDIA, MIDDLE EAST, NORTH AFRICA & EAST ASIA Thursday 4th February 16.30-17.30 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome The British Council’s Drama & Dance Advisors will be on hand throughout the week to offer general advice on the international dance constituency and answer region-specific questions in order to help you make the most of networking opportunities during BDE. Advisors Cathy Gomez (India & the Middle East) and Carole McFadden (East Asia and North Africa) will lead this second session. This is a first come first served event -- no need to book in advance, just turn up.

WORK IN PROGRESS DANCE THEATRE

Image: Brian Slater

SMALL/MIDDLE SCALE

5 SOLDIERS

BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

THE BODY IS THE FRONTLINE

ROSIE KAY DANCE COMPANY Thursday 4th February 17.30-18.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome

DanceXchange Associate Artist Rosie Kay’s new work is appearing at BDE as a work in progress showing, prior to its premiere performance at International Dance Festival Birmingham in April 2010. Rosie is an incredibly driven and open artist, with a huge commitment to research and this work developed from a period of research which Rosie spent in battle training with the British Army, as part of a Rayne Fellowship. Rosie also has a knack for developing interesting creative collaborations and, in this work, brings together an exceptional group of individuals from the theatre, visual art and music sectors. 5 Soldiers is a timely, controversial, thought provoking and moving exploration of war in modern times. A dance theatre work with 5 dancers (4 male and 1 female), it looks at how the human body is essential to, and used in, warfare. 5 Soldiers explores the physical training that prepares you for war, as well as the possible effects on the body, and the injury caused by warfare. Featuring Kay’s trademark intense physicality and athleticism, 5 Soldiers uses interviews with current and former soldiers to weave a story of physical transformation, helping us understand how soldiers are made and how war affects them. Commissioned by DanceXchange, International Dance Festival Birmingham, Arts Council England and Warwick Arts Centre. Support from Birmingham City Council and The Rayne Foundation The Big Idea. Thanks to the 4th Battalion The Rifles, Sapper Mountjoy.

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Image: Brian Slater

Contact: Rosie Kay, Artistic Director // +44 (0)7961 434256 // info@rosiekay.co.uk // www.rosiekay.co.uk Rosie Kay, artiste partenaire de DanceXchange, nous présente ici une œuvre en gestation, en exclusivité avant la première au festival de Birmingham en avril prochain. Cette artiste a une grande ouverture d’esprit et une énergie incroyable. Elle nous montre une nouvelle fois son engagement et son ambition à travers ce spectacle ; celui-ci est né des recherches menées par l’auteur durant une période d’entraînement au combat avec l’armée britannique, dans le cadre d'un programme de la fondation Rayne. Rosie a aussi un don pour développer des collaborations artistiques fructueuses ; dans “5 Soldiers”, elle rassemble un groupe d'artistes remarquables issus des mondes du théâtre, des arts visuels et de la musique.


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RECEPTION: BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET & ELMHURST SCHOOL FOR DANCE Thursday 4th February 18.30-20.00 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Foyers Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, over the last two decades Birmingham Royal Ballet has become grounded in the life of the city. Under the leadership of Director David Bintley and Chief Executive Christopher Barron, the Company has a devoted audience in Birmingham and is also a powerful ambassador abroad, in recent years completing successful tours to Japan, the USA, Hong Kong, South Africa and China. Since the arrival of the Company’s Associate School Elmhurst School for Dance (now led by Principal Elaine Brook and Artistic Director Desmond Kelly) in Birmingham in 2004, the two organisations have built a strong relationship, allowing the students to gain an insight into a professional dancer’s life and valuable performance experience. Join Birmingham Royal Ballet at this reception, during which you’ll get a chance to meet members of the company and hear more about this major anniversary year.

PERFORMANCE USE OF TEXT

Image: Alastair Muir

MIDDLE SCALE

JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY

Concept, Director & Choreographer: Jasmin Vardimon Performers: Luke Burrough, Tim Casson, Olga ClavelGimeno, Sam Coren, Mafalda Deville, Esteban Fourmi, David Llloyd, YunKrung Song, Elena Stavropoulou Associate Director: Guy Bar-Amotz Rehearsal Director: Mafalda Deville Lighting Designer: Chahine Yavroyan Animation: Klega Sound Designer: Nik Kennedy Set & Media Designer: Guy Bar-Amotz Costume Designer: Linda Rowell Executive Producer: Ian Ross Production Manager: Ben Payne Funded by Arts Council England Co-commissioning support from: Brighton Dome, Sadler’s Wells, Hall for Cornwall.

Created to mark the company’s 10th anniversary, Yesterday is a retrospective piece that journeys into memory. Revisiting and reworking favourite moments from the company’s acclaimed repertoire – Justitia, Park, Lullaby, Tête, Lurelurelure and Ticklish – Vardimon interweaves new choreographic material, live video and animation, pumping new life into old memories. Contrasting daring athleticism with touching beauty, Vardimon juxtaposes scenes of intimate and vulnerable tenderness with provocative, playful choreography to deliver a daring piece of dance theatre that remains as stirring and socially relevant as ever. Performed by a company of eight international performers, Yesterday continues to tour nationally and internationally. Its ingenious flexibility has seen it mounted on both large and mid-scale stages.

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Thursday 4th February 20.00-21.15 Birmingham Repertory Theatre

DANCE THEATRE

YESTERDAY

Within the BDE team, we consider Jasmin Vardimon to be one of the UK’s most important dance makers and this show, a retrospective of her work over the last 10 years, draws on a pool of great repertoire, much of which has been seen at previous BDEs and in previous performances at DanceXchange. With an instantly recognisable movement vocabulary, along with an extraordinary ability to rethink the use of spaces and theatrical devices, she is an artist at the top of her game. This is one of two appearances for Jasmin at BDE 2010.

Contact: Ian Ross, Executive Producer // +44 (0)1273 645266 // producer@jasminvardimon.com // www.jasminvardimon.com Jasmin Vardimon, membre de l’équipe de British Dance Edition, compte certainement parmi les choréographes les plus éminents du Royaume-Uni. Ce spectacle est une rétrospective de son travail au cours de la dernière décennie, et donc issu d’un répertoire exceptionnel tant en qualité qu’en quantité, et qui a été en grande partie présenté par DanceXchange et dans le cadre du British Dance Edition des années précédentes. On y reconnaît son vocabulaire des mouvements et son aptitude extraordinaire à repenser l’usage des espaces et des techniques théâtrales. C’est l'une des deux performances de Jasmin Vardimon cette année au British Dance Edition.

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RECEPTION: AKADEMI

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Thursday 4th February 21.15-22.45 Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre

shaping the creative landscape

Join Akademi for this evening reception, prior to the late night performance at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome (see below). During this reception, Akademi will be promoting the practice, understanding and appreciation of South Asian dance across the UK within a contemporary artistic, social and educational context. The organisation’s work aims to promote artists living in South East England (and their work), ensuring the showcasing and celebration of South Asian Dance in Britain. Akademi strives towards relevance, accessibility and excellence in all its initiatives, realising these aspirations through an energetic and varied programme of innovative projects. It works to bring people in contact with the creativity of South Asian dance as a part of mainstream dance in Britain.

PERFORMANCE CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Image: Neil Nisbet

MIDDLE SCALE BASED IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND

ROAM TOM DALE COMPANY Thursday 4th February 22.30-23.20 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome Choreographer: Tom Dale Composers: Sam Shackleton, Jo Wills & Guy Wood Text: Rick Holland Vocals: Bibow, Simon Bookish & Chris James Costume: Louise Tanoto Lighting Design: Ben Pacey Assistant Choreographer: Kate Jackson Company Technician: Andrej Gubanov Dancers: Chelan Freeman, Nico Monaco, Stephen Moynihan, Maria Olga Palliani, Louise Tanoto With thanks to Sophie Clements & Mo Stoebe

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Tom Dale is an artist who is interested in creating an immersive audience experience in a theatre space purely through the use of movement and sound. His choreographic style is distinct – low body stances and fluid, almost animalistic movement and this, combined with bass and beat-heavy music, conjures up the instinctive and immediate physical empathy of a nightclub space. Created with support from DanceXchange, Roam will ultimately be performed in both theatre and non-theatre environments. A captivating journey into a world of swinging sub bass and complex percussion, with specially commissioned tracks from maverick producer/composer Shackleton and drum&bass outfit Sion, Roam takes as its starting point the human requirement to explore and experience. Life’s roaming pulse is the unstoppable condition in which life finds itself, relentlessly dragging us into the unknown, connecting moment to moment, for survival, inspiration, meaning, distraction... conscious or unconscious. Created with support from Laban Theatre, DanceXchange, Dance Digital, The Garrick Charitable Trust and Arts Council England. Roam previewed at DanceXchange in Autumn 2009 and premiered at Laban Theatre in January 2010. Contact: Rajpal Pardesi, Tour, Production & Management // +44 (0)7939 454548 // rajpal@tomdale.org.uk // Sarah Sansom, Communications, Commissions & Collaborations // +44 (0)7771 968445 // sarah@tomdale.org.uk // www.tomdale.org.uk Tom Dale cherche à créer, purement à travers le mouvement et le son, une véritable expérience dans l'espace théâtral où le spectateur vient s'immerger. Son style chorégraphique lui est propre, avec des positions basses et un mouvement fluide, presque animal ; ajoutez à cela la bande sonore, avec de fortes basses et des temps marqués, et l'effet produit est immédiat, éveillant l’empathie du public et recréant l’atmosphère d’une boîte de nuit. Ce spectacle monté avec le soutien de DanceXchange sera présenté dans des théâtres mais également dans d'autres contextes.


FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER DEBATE

THE MORNING AFTER Friday 5th February 09.30-11.00 Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome Hosted and facilitated by John Ashford (Director of Aerowaves), the subject of The Morning After sessions will be the works of the previous day, and issues that arise from them. Each day, John will chair two discussions separated by a short break. During this first discussion, he’ll interview each of the choreographers from Wednesday and Thursday’s programme in turn, and draw them all into a general discussion about the work of the day. In the second part, he’ll seek the opinions of their work from four overseas producers, and build a wider debate about current practice from the areas of disagreement where oppositions reveal truths. The artists will change each day but the producers will remain constant, thereby building a vocabulary of shared reference as the viewing of works accumulates. Speakers joining John on the Producer Panel include: • Claire Verlet, responsible for the dance programme of the two theatres of the Theatre de la Ville in Paris • Guy Gypens, programme Director of Kaaitheater in Brussels (Fri & Sat sessions only) • Francesc Casadesus, Director of the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona (Sat & Sun sessions only) • Yvona Kreuzmannova, Director of the dance venue Ponec and the festival Tanec Praha in Prague • Martin Wechsler, Programme Director for the two theatres of The Joyce in New York

NETWORKING

TRADE FAIR Friday 5th February 10.00-14.00 Town Hall Set in the beautiful surroundings of Birmingham’s Town Hall, our Trade Fair will showcase a whole host of suppliers, artists, and organisations wishing to promote their work to dance industry professionals. From photographers to festivals, management companies to equipment suppliers, come along, browse the stands, and pick up a new contact or two! See page 44 & 45 for a layout plan and list of stand holders.

Join us in the basement of Town Hall for a buffet lunch during this event, served from 12.00 until 14.00.

NETWORKING

MEET THE ARTISTS Friday 5th February 11.00-12.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome If you’re browsing the Trade Fair stands, or taking a break in between performances, joindelegates us in Town Hall for a lunch. Our second session of networking for artists, companies and (see page 10buffet for details).

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Amidst life there is death. Death is one certainty people choose to ignore. This new work explores the physicality of the body whilst it dies. When the body is shutting down, there remains a connection between the physical, emotional and spiritual. The body can illustrate the torture or bliss a soul experiences. We show grief at somebody else’s death and sadness in their pain. At the news of being told that a close one is dying and spending last moments with them, there is a sense of helplessness, frustration and feeling lost. Whilst watching someone die, the moments are permanently inscribed in memory. Lost is dedicated to Aakash’s cousin Lakhan Rajput (24th May 1989 -- 25th November 2009). Contact: Anand Bhatt, Project Co-ordinator // info@desimasti.net

Appel is followed by a 15 minute interval.

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Eteins Pas (8mins) This piece was inspired by the idea of life after death, with many ideas coming from reading stories about out of body experiences.

Image: Gorka Bravo

Contact: Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere, Artistic Director // +44 (0)7729 289981 // marso@bboysattic.com // www.companydecalage.co.uk Ces dernières années, de nombreux artistes ont cherché à allier hip hop et danse contemporaine ; Mickael “Marso” Riviere est certainement celui qui a obtenu les résultats les plus intéressants. Son style comprend notamment des séquences fluides basées au sol, de très beaux duos, avec un sens de l’équilibre et de la chute contrôlée inspiré de son expérience hip-hop. Mickael Marso Riviere est un artiste partenaire de DanceXchange.

BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Breakin Point (15mins) Featuring four dancers and two musicians, this piece is inspired by the effect of music on people in the hip-hop culture and the b-boying scene.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

COMPANY DECALAGE

Appel (12mins) A trio based on the live interaction between two dancers and a musician who plays Bansuri (flute) and tabla. The piece portrays the instinctive elements of dance and the spontaneity of music, inspired in equal parts by b-boying, Capoeira and contemporary dance.

SMALL SCALE

APPEL ETEINS PAS BREAKIN POINT

A number of artists have explored the concept of combining hip-hop and contemporary dance in recent years, with Mickael ‘Marso’ Riviere arguably the most exciting of these in the UK. Marso has developed his own movement style characterised by fluid floor based sequences, exquisite partner work and a sense for balance and tumbling derived from his hip-hop background. Marso is a DanceXchange Associate Artist.

PERFORMANCE

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BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Aakash Odedra est un nouvel artiste très prometteur basé dans la région des Midlands. Il exprime dans la danse kathak une présence physique dynamique. Cette œuvre intense et émouvante nous montre l'approche atypique que cet artiste adopte vis-à-vis de la danse asiatique. Il a ainsi été amené à travailler avec quelques une des personnalités les plus éminentes dans le style kathak, par exemple Akram Khan et Kumudini Lakhia.

CLASSICAL SOUTH ASIAN DANCE

Friday 5th February 12.00-13.00 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

SMALL SCALE

AAKASH ODEDRA

PERFORMANCE

LOST

Another rising star based in the West Midlands, Aakash Odedra is a young Kathak dancer with a dynamic physical presence. This intense and moving new work demonstrates Aakash’s unique approach to classical South Asian dance, an approach which has led him to work with some of the biggest names in this genre, including Akram Khan and Kumudini Lakhia.

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BASED IN THE SOUTH EAST

PROFESSOR LIZ AGGISS: SURVIVAL TACTICS LIZ AGGISS Friday 5th February 13.00-13.50 Council House Chamber Devised/Written/Choreographed/Designed/Performed by: Liz Aggiss Music: Comedian Harmonists Funding by the University of Brighton.

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Liz Aggiss is something of a one-off in the UK dance industry and this work sees her explore this position through reflections on her performance and academic career. With an unmistakably British sense of the ridiculous and the absurd, Liz pulls together aspects of vaudeville, cabaret and dance theatre, amongst others, to create her work. For British Dance Edition 2010, we have given her a venue befitting her ‘grand-dame’ status – the beautiful Victorian debating chamber at the city’s Council House. In her Performance Lecture, Liz Aggiss asks the question: how does a mature, post-modern, solo, female dancer, originally from a bleak post-war suburb in Essex, with a feverish commitment to the lost dances of Central Europe and a rather ad hoc and irregular dance education, seek out the shadows from the past, stalk them relentlessly, and embed and sustain herself within the British dance culture for the past 30 years? Professor Aggiss takes you on her oddball journey from Wiggling with The Stranglers in 1980, to Grotesque Dancer in 1986, and on to Guerrilla Dancing in 2009. From stage to screen-dance and back again, performing live, showing her dance films, chatting and generally entertaining her public, this “Vivienne Westwood of the dance world” dodges categorisation and enjoys being classified as unclassifiable. Contact: Lisa Wolfe // +44 (0)1273 736842 / +44 (0)7761 453584 // wolfework1@aol.com // www.lizaggiss.com Liz Aggiss est unique en son genre dans le monde de la danse au Royaume-Uni et dans cette œuvre elle explore son rôle non conformiste à travers une réflexion sur sa carrière, de sa formation à ses spectacles professionnels. Avec un sens très british du ridicule et de l’absurde, Liz Aggiss crée en s’inspirant de nombreux styles, notamment le vaudeville, le cabaret et le théâtre dansant. Pour ce British Dance Edition 2010, nous lui offrons un espace digne d’une vraie lady : la magnifique salle victorienne qui accueille d’habitude les débats au City Council.


FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE MIDDLE SCALE CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Image: Ione Saizar

BASED IN LONDON

THE LAND OF YES AND THE LAND OF NO BONACHELA DANCE COMPANY Friday 5th February 14.30-15.50 Elmhurst School for Dance Concept and Direction: Rafael Bonachela Choreography: Rafael Bonachela in collaboration with the dancers Music performed by: Ezio Bosso & Buxusconsort Production Design: Alan Macdonald Lighting Design: Guy Hoare Costume Design: Theo Clinkard Dancers: Amy Hollingsworth, Fiona Jopp, Cameron McMillan, Lisa Welham, Renaud Wiser, Paul Zivkovich

An artist with a truly international profile, Rafael Bonachela has once again assembled a fantastic group of collaborators for this new work. Alan McDonald’s stunning design, featuring a backdrop created from a grid of fluorescent tubes and Ezio Bosso’s beautiful score particularly stand out, as do the remarkable group of dancers which the company have assembled. With Bonachela’s trademark flowing, energetic movement style, the various elements combine to produce a work which impresses as a sum of its parts. The Land of Yes and The Land of No is Bonachela’s first work for his own company since taking up the post of Artistic Director at Sydney Dance Company and it’s his deepest exploration yet into the human psyche, the power of imagination, and the body’s ability to give physical shape to memory, experience and emotions. The Land of Yes and The Land of No is co-produced by Arts Council England, artsdepot, DanceEast, Danceworks UK and the City of London Festival, with additional support from The Buster Foundation, Garrick Charitable Trust, Leche Trust, Marina Kleinwort Charitable Trust, The Mercers Company and Southbank Centre. Contact: Cate Canniffe, Producer // +44 (0)7795 630675 // cate@bonacheladancecompany.com // www.bonacheladancecompany.com Rafael Bonachela, artiste résolument international, rassemble une nouvelle fois des partenaires sensationnels pour cette œuvre innovante. Ce spectacle se distingue par un décor saisissant d’Alan McDonald (utilisant un quadrillage de tubes fluorescents), une très belle musique d’Ezio Bosso, ainsi que par un groupe de danseurs sublimes. Le style de mouvements est très caractéristique de Bonachela, avec une grande fluidité et beaucoup d'énergie. Tous ces éléments concourent à créer une œuvre époustouflante.

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FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE SITE SENSITIVE WORK LIVE ART INSTALLATION Image: Manuel Vason

BASED IN LONDON

UNDER GLASS CLOD ENSEMBLE Friday 5th February 15.00-15.35 @ A E Harris Performers: Olwen Fouéré, Sachi Kimura, Ramona Nagabczynski, Jason Thorpe Director: Suzy Willson Music: Paul Clark Lighting: Hansjörg Schmidt Design: Sarah Blenkinsop Poetry: Alice Oswald Photography: Manuel Vason

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We were stunned by this performance when we first encountered it in May 2009, in a Victorian warehouse in East London, Village Underground. An immersive performance, the action moves around a number of glass containers, each housing a single performer. Playing on notions of isolation and exhibition, it is a performance that makes the viewer question how they view as an audience, whilst making the performer’s uniquely restricted environment seem as poignant as it is absurd. Under Glass is an animated exhibition of human life, which takes place within a series of glass jars and cabinets. At once medical laboratory, museum exhibit and gallery, Under Glass lifts characters out of the hurly burly of everyday life and frames their moments of solitude; examining human beings attempting, with varying success to live within their limits. Each character exists in its own delicate environment: a woman in a jam jar, a shy ‘wallflower’ pinned behind a glass panel, a man clockwatching in his office. Produced by Fuel. Winner of the Total Theatre Award: Visual & Physical Theatre 2009. A Sadler’s Wells Commission. Contact: Fuel, Producers // +44 (0)20 7228 6688 // www.clodensemble.com Produit par Fuel. La première fois que nous avons été spectateurs de cette performance, nous avons eu le souffle coupé. C'était en mai 2009 à Village Underground, un espace culturel créé dans un entrepôt victorien dans l’est de Londres. Dans cette représentation où le spectateur s'immerge entièrement, tout s'organise autour de récipients en verre abritant chacun un artiste. Clod Ensemble joue sur les notions d’isolation et d’exhibition, et amène ainsi le spectateur à remettre en question son propre regard ; l’environnement exclusif et clos dans lequel évolue chaque personnage se fait aussi poignant qu'il est absurde.


FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER

LATIN AMERICA, SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA, NORTH AMERICA, AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

NETWORKING

BRITISH COUNCIL ROADSHOW 3: Friday 4th February 16.30-17.30 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome The British Council’s Drama & Dance Advisors will be on hand throughout the week to offer general advice on the international dance constituency and answer region-specific questions in order to help you make the most of networking opportunities during BDE. Advisors Sally Cowling (North America, Australia & New Zealand) and Nadine Owen (Latin America & sub-Saharan Africa) will lead this third session. This is a first come first served event -- no need to book in advance, just turn up.

PERFORMANCE SITE SENSITIVE WORK

Friday 5th February 16.30-17.30 @ A E Harris Performers/Dancers: Paul Rous Devised/Choreographed by: Paul Rous & Clea Wallis Produced: Clea Wallis Lighting & Design: Simon Gane Sound & Design: Clea Wallis Composer & Music: Fabiana Glanate Costume Design: Heather MacCrimmon Writer/Text Written: Paul Rous This BDE Presentation is supported by the Scottish Arts Council.

Spaceman draws inspiration from astronaut training procedures and evolutionary physical processes. It presents the performer within an imagined physical framework as he undergoes a series of evolutionary mutations, rising from an animalistic state to becoming a fully “formed” mechanoid robot. The piece includes a sci-fi scenario written by Paul Rous inspired by treaties from NASA and 50’s kitsch Sci-Fi.

BASED IN SCOTLAND

DUDENDANCE

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

Image: Ines Gennuso

SMALL SCALE

SPACEMAN

Although Dudendance has been making work for over 25 years, it wasn’t until the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe Festival that the BDE team had the opportunity to see the company’s work. Spaceman is unlike any other work that we’ve seen in recent years – the company’s strong visual identity for the work, the unusual thematic content and the extraordinary performance by Paul Rous making this a work which left us excited about the prospect of presenting it at BDE. For its performances in Birmingham, the company will be showing the work at A E Harris – an atmospheric old factory space in an industrial area of the city which, we believe, will add a further dimension to this stunning work.

Contact: Clea Wallis // +44 (0)1466 799374 / +44 (0)7847 366258 // cleawallis@yahoo.co.uk // www.dudendance.com C’est en 2009 au Fringe Festival d'Édimbourg que notre équipe du British Dance Edition a eu enfin l’occasion d'assister à un spectacle de Dudendance, qui existe depuis plus de vings-cinq ans. La forte identité visuelle de cette compagnie, le contenu thématique surprenant et la performance hors du commun de Paul Rous font de Spaceman une œuvre qui se distingue de tous les spectacles produits ces dernières années. C’est avec un immense plaisir que nous vous la présentons dans le cadre du British Dance Edition. La performance de ce 5 février aura lieu dans l’espace A.E. Harris – une usine reconvertie au cœur d'une zone industrielle : cette salle à l’atmosphère singulière offrira une dimension supplémentaire à cette œuvre saissante.

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FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER

VIDEO INSTALLATION

Image: Courtesy of Billy Cowie

PERFORMANCE BASED IN THE SOUTH EAST

GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE BILLY COWIE Friday 5th February 16.30-17.20 Ikon Eastside

B L E BI

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SMALL SCALE

2 MEN AND A MICHAEL

DANCE THEATRE

GARY CLARKE

BASED IN YORKSHIRE

Choreographer: Gary Clarke Performers: Paul Wilkinson & Kath Duggan Lighting Design: The Place Music: Rolfe Kent Costume Design: Gary Clarke

Ghosts in the Machine is a twenty-five minute looped, projected 3D dance installation. The audience – wearing red/blue anaglyph glasses – sees what appears to be three solid three-dimensional dancers in the same space as themselves. As they dance, sing and joke their way through the twenty-five minutes, the topics of their discussions range from existentialism to ballpark-sex to media studies. Ghosts in the Machine was commissioned by Lighthouse (Brighton), and premiered by them as part of HOUSE, the Artists Open Houses new initiative for Brighton Festival. The work was funded by Arts Council England with additional support from the University of Brighton. Contact: Billy Cowie // info@billycowie.com // www.billycowie.com L'artiste Billy Cowie développe un secteur d'avant-garde : la projection de vidéos de danse en trois dimensions. Nous avons été conquis par sa représentation de In the Flesh, une projection à petite échelle que nous avons découverte au festival Tanzmesse en Allemagne en 2008. Cette expérience nous a donné envie de présenter à l’occasion du British Dance Edition cet alliance novatrice de la performance physique et des nouvelles technologies. Dans Ghosts in the Machine, Billy Cowie développe plus avant les idées déjà présentes dans In the Flesh. L’addition de textes et de musique donnent un côté humoristique à cette œuvre incluant des références à elle-même, qui repousse les barrières de la technologie et de la performance.

Having had an illustrious career as a performer, Gary has made a name for himself as a choreographer with a singular artistic voice with works such as Coal and Horsemeat. With its British comic sensibility, 2 Men and a Michael is a wonderful example of how dance and movement can evoke a sense of character without specific narrative references. 2 Men and a Michael is a dead pan send up of stand up. Dressed to kill, 2 idiots are locked in a constant loop of shenanigans and nonesenseness where something means nothing and nothing is anything. Slightly downtrodden, this short work is crammed to the brim with snapshot moments and unfinished efforts. This production is supported by The Civic Barnsley, Danceworks UK, and Yorkshire Dance. Contact: Dave Palmer, Administrator Danceworks UK // +44 (0)114 221 0311 // dave.danceworks@workstation.org.uk // www.garyclarkeuk.com Après une brillante carrière de danseur, Gary Clarke a également connu un franc succès en tant que chorégraphe, exprimant dans des œuvres telles que Coal et Horsemeat son talent atypique. 2 Men and a Michael rappelle le style de la comédie britannique et montre avec brio comment la danse et le mouvement peuvent évoquer des personnages sans que l'on ait besoin de références narratives.

Image: Gary Clarke

PERFORMANCE

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B L E BI

Devised by: Billy Cowie Performers: Rachel Blackman, Victoria Melody, Jennifer Potter

Billy Cowie has developed an unusual niche within the UK dance industry – 3D dance video installation. Having wowed us with his small 3D installation In the Flesh at the Tanzmesse festival in Germany in 2008, we were interested in presenting this unusual take on new technology and physical performance at British Dance Edition. Broadening the ideas from Billy’s earlier work and adding text and music, this is a humorous and self referential piece which expands ideas of new technology and performance.


FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER WORK IN PROGRESS SMALL/MIDDLE SCALE DANCE THEATRE

Image: Richard Worts

BASED IN LONDON

L.O.L

(LOTS OF LOVE) PROTEIN Friday 5th February 17.30-18.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome

Luca Silvestrini has a unique place in the British dance scene and is well known for the social comment and public engagement aspects of his work as a choreographer. Having tackled the British drinking culture in Publife (a sitespecific performance in a pub, which featured in the last BDE to take place in Birmingham in 2002), consumerism in Big Sale and, most recently the quest for the body beautiful in Dear Body, L.O.L (lots of love) continues Luca’s commitment to commentary on the topical with a work about searching for real connections in a world where electronic connections are all too easy to come by. This sharing shows results of initial research towards L.O.L (lots of love), a new fulllength piece by Luca Silvestrini's award-winning Protein, which the company is planning to tour in Spring 2011. L.O.L looks at love, wanting and connectedness in our electronic-driven age. Protein takes everyday issues and subjects them to a deep, witty analysis through idiosyncratic and distinctive dance theatre. Powering the approach is a desire to connect theatrical experience with familiar life stories. The result is work of humour, pathos and invention which reflects the integrity and absurdity of its ingredients. Made at The Place during Choreodrome 2009. Contact: Sarah Trist // +44 (0)7757 654790 // sarah@stdma.com // www.proteindance.co.uk Luca Silvestrini se positionne de manière bien particulière sur la scène britannique actuelle ; il est connu en tant que chorégraphe pour son engagement social et son approche des sujets d’actualité à travers ses œuvres. Il s'est attaqué à la culture de la consommation d’alcool au Royaume-Uni à travers Publife. Ce spectacle intimement lié au lieu de sa représentation : un pub, a fait partie du British Dance Edition en 2002, la dernière année où ce festival a eu lieu à Birmingham. Dans Big Sale, c’est le consumérisme qui en prend pour son grade, et tout récemment, la quête du corps parfait est critiquée dans Dear Body. LOL (lots of love) s’inscrit dans cette lignée ; Silvestrini y aborde la recherche de relations réelles dans un monde où se connecter virtuellement devient trop facile.

CLOD ENSEMBLE

For more information see Under Glass performance on Friday 5th February (page 22).

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

UNDER GLASS

Friday 5th February 18.30-19.05 @ A E Harris

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FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER RECEPTION NETWORKING

RECEPTION: INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL BIRMINGHAM Friday 5th February // 18.30-20.00 // Town Hall Dance in

International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) is a major biennial dance festival, produced and delivered by DanceXchange in partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome. Following on from the great success of IDFB 2008, the co-producers are set to produce their second four-week festival from Monday 19 April to Sunday 16 May 2010. IDFB 2010 will deliver a remarkable line-up of outstanding international dance performance in venues and public spaces across Birmingham and the West Midlands, including large-scale events for mass participation, a wealth of workshops and classes, and a wide-ranging professional development programme for artists. IDFB is a significant cultural event for Birmingham. Join us for this special evening reception to find out more about the programme and how you can engage with this fantastic festival. IDFB 2010 is funded by Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council England West Midlands and Birmingham City Council, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, and working in partnership with the West Midlands Culture Programme for 2012. It is also supported by BBC WM Radio (Media Partner) and Crowne Plaza (Accommodation Partner).

PERFORMANCE USE OF TEXT

Image: Hugo Glendinning

MIDDLE SCALE DANCE THEATRE

IF WE GO ON

BASED IN YORKSHIRE

VINCENT DANCE THEATRE Friday 5th February 20.00-21.30 Birmingham Repertory Theatre Director & Designer: Charlotte Vincent Devised & Performed by: Carly Best, Alex Catona, Patrycja Kujawska, Aurora Lubos, Janusz Orlik, Scott Smith, Harry Theaker Text: Wendy Houstoun Composer: Alex Catona Lighting Design: James Harrison Conceived with: Claire MacDonald & Wendy Houstoun Dramaturgy: Ruth Ben-Tovim

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If We Go On is funded by Grants for the Arts through the Arts Council of England. Co-commissioned by Sheffield Theatres, Newbury Corn Exchange, Hull City Council and Peak Performance@Montclair State University. Supported by The Junction and Danceworks UK.

Creating a performance which questions the very nature of performance as a whole, Charlotte Vincent has once again proved to be a singular and innovative voice in dance theatre. With a strong conceptual rigour typical of her work, she questions all aspects of creating and performing for both audience and performers alike. Whilst unashamedly self-referential, If We Go On manages to deftly avoid being self-indulgent with strong elements of humour and poignancy. We were really excited by this work when first seeing it in rehearsal, and are looking forward to staging it as a public performance for BDE before it travels to the US. Laying bare the mechanics of theatre, and structured around ten solo acts, If We Go On allows the performers to embrace uncertainty, not knowing and forgetfulness. It is a piece shaped by hesitation and incoherence and offers a glimpse into the constant internal striving that takes place within the performer as things slip in and out of their control. If We Go On investigates theatrical failure as a kind of narrative, through looking at the relationship between language and dance, between music and silence and between moving and not moving at all. Contact: Jane Whitehead, General Manager // +44 (0)114 221 0369 // admin@vincentdt.com // www.vincentdt.com Dans cette représentation artistique qui remet en question le principe même de représentation artistique, Charlotte Vincent affirme une nouvelle fois son individualité et sa créativité au sein du théâtre dansant. Avec une rigueur conceptuelle caractéristique, elle s'interroge sur les aspects de création et de représentation vus par les artistes et par le public. If We Go On relève avec aisance le défi de faire ouvertement référence à soi-même sans tomber dans le pathos mais avec humour et émotion. Nous avons pu assister à une répétition de cette œuvre captivante et nous attendons avec impatience de la présenter au public du Brisitsh Dance Edition avant le départ de la troupe pour les EtatsUnis.


FRIDAY 5th FEBRUARY // VENDREDI 5 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE SMALL SCALE USE OF TEXT PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

Image: Cara Brostrom

BASED IN WALES

RAS GOFFA BOBBY SANDS THE BOBBY SANDS MEMORIAL RACE EDDIE LADD Friday 5th February 22.30-23.30 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome Performer/Dancer: Eddie Ladd Devised/Choreographed by: Eddie Ladd/Sarah Williams Lighting Design & Technical Manager: Giles Parbery Sound Design: Nick Rothwell & Giles Parbery Composer: Guto Puw Writer: Eddie Ladd, Menna Elfyn Interviews with Denis O’Hearn & Laurence McKeown Extracts from Bobby Sands’ writing and from prison messages

One of a rich vein of artists creating exciting conceptually based performance work in Wales, Eddie Ladd has created an incredibly moving new work based on biographical texts, which are used within the work in both the English and Welsh languages. Visually arresting and emotionally moving, the work also uses new technology in created a movement triggered sound score. However, at its heart is the extraordinary physical performance by Eddie herself and the story told, both of which are memorable long after seeing the work. Performed on a 12ft x 6ft running machine, this is a dance piece following the life of Bobby Sands who died on hunger strike in the H Blocks in Belfast in 1981. He was striking in order to win back political status for the republican prisoners, in pursuit of the longer-term aim of a united Ireland. Bobby was a runner as a teenager, and this piece’s starting point is an article on running and racing that he wrote in prison at the end of the 70s. It goes on to consider the long-distance goals of running and resistance. The title refers to a race in the United States that is run in Bobby’s memory. A co-production with Aberystwyth Arts Centre. With thanks to the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University and Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff. Contact: Eddie Ladd // +44 (0)7974 394415 // eddieladd@hotmail.com // www.eddieladd.com Eddie Ladd fait partie d’un ensemble d’artistes exceptionnellement créatifs, basés au pays de Galles, qui travaillent sur des œuvres conceptuelles novatrices. Sa dernière création, particulièrement émouvante, est née de textes biographiques, lesquels sont intégrés dans la représentation, en anglais et en gallois. Ce sepctacle surprend le regard et touche les émotions. À l’aide d’outils technologiques modernes, l’accompagnement sonore est créé à partir des mouvements ; mais c'est avant tout la performance physique remarquable d’Eddie Ladd et l'histoire qu’elle raconte qui se trouvent au cœur de cette œuvre, laissant un souvenir impérissable. 27


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER DEBATE

THE MORNING AFTER Saturday 6th February 09.30-11.00 IMI Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome Join us for the second of our Morning After sessions, looking back at Friday’s programme, hosted and facilitated by John Ashford (see page 18 for details).

DEBATE

A NEW DIVERSITY? A NATIONAL DANCE NETWORK DEBATE ON DIVERSITY IN UK DANCE Saturday 6th February 09.30-11.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome UK Dance appears confident and diverse. Ethnicity, Disability and new dance styles inform many artists’ practice. Support organisations, initiatives and networks help the creation and dissemination of work from artists of minority origin. Themed seasons reach large audiences. Hip-hop becomes mainstream on our stages and TV. Dancers succeed professionally without formal training. What does diversity in dance look like today? Which important battles are yet to be won? Hear from and debate with prominent artists, programmers and producers how diversity impacts their work. The debate covers four themes: Packaging or pigeonholing? The role of themed seasons to reach new audiences Making it as a dancer The rise of the self-trained dancer An isolated island? A personal perspective from an international programmer Me and my sector Artists discuss how they use their background as a catalyst for their own work and that of others

U.Dance England 2010 Sunday 4th July // Birmingham Hippodrome Previously known as the National Youth Dance Festival, U.Dance England 2010 is Youth Dance England’s new national dance event. This high profile event is the final stage of a nationwide short-listing process and will showcase exceptional youth dance performances from across England, including two youth dance groups from the West Midlands. Tickets go on sale in May 2010. For further details and updates go to www.u-dance.org 28


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Image: Rankin

BASED IN LONDON

BREAKFAST WITH AKRAM KHAN AKRAM KHAN COMPANY Saturday 6th February 10.30-11.45 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome Vertical Road is sponsored by Colas, co-produced by ADACH (Abu Dhabi), Sadler’s Wells (London), Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona). Supported by Curve, Leicester and DanceEast, Ipswich.

One of the UK’s best known contemporary choreographers, Akram Khan has a long history of work with DanceXchange, including opening The Patrick Centre theatre in 2001 and creating work for DanceXchange’s in-house dance company, Bare Bones. For this year’s BDE, we invited Akram to discuss and share ideas for his new ensemble work Vertical Road with delegates over breakfast. This new work continues to explore Akram’s interest in contemporary society and the dissolution and distillation of cultural identity, a particularly topical subject for Birmingham, one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities. Vertical Road is Akram Khan’s latest contemporary ensemble work, and continues his ambition to explore the interface between different cultures and creative disciplines. Khan brings together a host of performers and artists from across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, diverse in age, craft and background. Potential collaborators include composer Nitin Sawhney and acclaimed puppeteers duo Blind Summit. Inspired by stories of angels as found in different cultures, faiths and mythologies, Vertical Road contemplates their universal role as intermediaries between the human and the sacred. It investigates the notion of the Arabic word ‘zenith’ or ‘vertical line’, the highest point reached by a celestial body. The piece will premiere in October 2010 at Sadler’s Wells, London, before embarking on an international tour across North America, Europe, India, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Contact: Farooq Chaudhry, Producer // +44 (0)20 7354 4333 // office@akramkhancompany.net // www.akramkhancompany.net Akram Khan est l’un des plus célèbres chorégraphes contemporains au Royaume-Uni et travaille depuis longtemps avec DanceXchange. Il a entre autres participé à l’inauguration du Patrick Centre theatre en 2001 et créé des œuvres pour Bare Bones, la société de production de danse de DanceXchange. Cette année, pour le British Dance Edition, nous invitons Akram Khan à partager avec nous un petit-déjeuner pour à échanger sur son nouveau projet Vertical Road. Dans cette œuvre, l’artiste continuera d'explorer notre société et les identités culturelles distillées et dissoutes dans le monde contemporain ; un sujet particulièrement pertinent à Birmingham, qui compte parmi les villes du RoyaumeUni les plus diverses culturellement.

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER

TOPSHOT THOMAS HALL & MARK PARRY

Drop in anytime between 10.00 & 14.15 to enjoy this installation.

BASED IN THE SOUTH WEST

Saturday 6th February 10.00-14.15 The Electric Cinema

Contact: Mark Parry // +44 (0)117 963 9449 / +44 (0)7752 269355 // mark@markparrymedia.com

Creators: Mark Parry & Thomas Hall Performers: Dorothy Clarke, Emma Langhorne, Hannah De Cancho, Jim Brown, Otis Jones, Rick Myrtle, Sarah Ferris, Tammy Spalding Supported by Swindon Dance

Image: Mark Parry & Thomas Hall

INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION

A new collaboration between Thomas Hall and Mark Parry, Topshot was seen by the BDE team at its premiere performance in Swindon, July 2009. Exploring ideas of the point at which the audience member becomes as participant in the work, the installation allows the viewer to become the choreographer. As active or passive as they wish, they control the dynamic visual display in front of them, creating stunning kaleidoscopes of dancers from disco to line dance, corps de ballet to bollywood.

PRESENTATION

PRESENTATION: WORK FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES BOY BLUE ENTERTAINMENT, THEATRE-RITES, SADLER’S WELLS Saturday 6th February 11.00-12.00 IMI Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome Emma Gladstone, Producer at Sadler’s Wells, in conversation with Boy Blue Entertainment and Theatre Rites, both making presentations about dance performance projects aimed at children and families.

VARMINTS Work in development A conversation with Kenrick Sandy and Mikey ‘J’ Asante (co-directors of Olivier Award winning Boy Blue Entertainment), about a new hip hop dance theatre show for 8yrs+, based on the book published by Templar written by Helen Ward and Marc Craste. At BDE 2008 Emma Gladstone and Kiki Gale (of East London Dance), discussed the need for well produced dance work for young audiences. As Boy Blue Entertainment and East London Dance have a long working relationship, and had performed regularly at Sadler’s Wells, they linked up with the company (and Clare Connor of Stratford Circus) to discuss ideas. The result is Varmints, touring from spring 2011 to studio theatres. A short film will be shown of the 2008 research undertaken, followed by a discussion and presentation of the proposed storyboard, music and design. For more information about Varmints development and touring plans please email kiki@eastlondondance.org or call her on + 44 (0)20 8279 1050.

MAKING MISCHIEF Finished work A presentation by Sue Buckmaster, Artistic Director of Theatre-Rites. Can theatre and dance collaborate to create non-classical, nonadaptation based work that is innovative, fun, and for family audiences? The answer is yes. Commissioned by Sadler’s Wells and the Dance Touring Partnership, Mischief saw Theatre-Rites collaborate with Arthur Pita to create an award-winning family show. After two successful tours it is clear there is a growing audience, and the plan is to tour again in 2011 or 2012. This presentation will look at the key factors relating to its success: the right partners and collaborators; appropriate development; a uniting language; production standards; knowing and never patronising the audience and of course, funding. For more information about this project, contact Claire Templeton, Executive Producer at Theatre-Rites via claire@theatre-rites.co.uk or +44 (0)20 7953 7102.

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER NETWORKING

MEET THE ARTISTS Saturday 6th February 11.00-12.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome Our third session of networking for artists, companies and delegates (see page 10 for details).

PERFORMANCE WORK FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Funny Bones is a brand new double bill of contemporary dance choreographed by Enrique Cabrera and Luca Silvestrini (Protein). Enticing children and their families into a new world of dance and movement, Funny Bones is a fifty minute interactive and sensory in-the-round performance by four outstanding dancers. Enrique Cabrera’s piece, DanSense, explores the five senses and offers a stimulating interactive dance experience for young audiences featuring newly commissioned music. From costumes adorned with plastic spoons, to buckets filled with water that soaks the dancers (and the audience!), this piece is a beautifully creative piece that will have children intrigued from start to finish.

Saturday 6th February 12.00-12.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome Choreographer: Enrique Cabrera Dancers: Kip Johnson, Vicki Manderson, Natalia Thorne Costume Designer: Elisa Sanz Music: Mariano Lozano P. Ramos Rehearsal Director: Elisabetta d’Aloia Lighting Designer: Crispin Hayek Producers: DanceXchange & two’s company dance management

BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

DANCEXCHANGE TWO’S COMPANY DANCE MANAGEMENT

IN THE ROUND

Image: Edward Moss

SMALL SCALE

FUNNY BONES

We are featuring one part of this double-bill of new work for children and families. DanSense was created in 2008 by Enrique Cabrera and left audiences of children from across the West Midlands entranced. Enrique’s ability to see the world through a child’s eyes is remarkable and, together with his wonderful designer Elisa Sanz, he creates something spectacular and engaging from the everyday. You will never look at a plastic spoon in the same way again.

Contact: Beth Nabbs, Producer // +44 (0)7946 624261 // beth@twoscompanydance.co.uk // www.dancexchange.org.uk Nous présentons ici DanSense, une des deux parties de Funny Bones, spectacle innovant pour enfants et familles. DanSense a été monté en 2008 par Enrique Cabrera pour le plus grand plaisir de nombreux enfants dans l’ouest des Midlands. Cet artiste possède la qualité exceptionnelle de voir le monde avec des yeux d’enfants. En partenariat avec Elisa Sanz, designer de talent, il crée un spectacle récréatif où l’ordinaire devient extraordinaire. Vous ne pourrez plus jamais regarder une cuillère en plastique de la même manière!

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER

SMALL SCALE

ACE DANCE AND MUSIC

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Saturday 6th February 12.00-13.00 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome

Contact: Charlotte Gregory // +44 (0)121 314 5830 // info@acedanceandmusic.com // www.acedanceandmusic.com

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Le groupe ACE dance and music, basé à Birmingham, avec Gail Parmel pour directeur artistique, a travaillé ces dernières années en partenariat avec des artistes tels que Vincent Mantsoe, Akiko Kitamura et, pour Listen, Douglas Thorpe. À beaucoup de leurs spectateurs, ils ont ainsi apporté une conception nouvelle et élargie des danses contemporaines d'Afrique et des Caraïbes. Les thèmes de la guerre, du conflit et du traumatisme, présents dans Listen, sont en parfaite adéquation avec le mouvement agressif et physique de Thorpe, tandis que le phrasé répétitif évoque à la fois des manœuvres militaires et des mouvements compulsifs.

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GERTRUD SIMON ELLIS

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE

Performance, Choreography, Script & Sound: Simon Ellis Lighting: Helen Cain Choreographic Assistant: Amy Howard Music: Sergei Rachmaninov, Elegie In E Flat Minor, Op. 3, No. 1 Voice: English spoken by Shona Dunlop-MacTavish German translated from English and spoken by Susie Bittner

B L E BI

PERFORMANCE

We first saw this piece during the Place Prize finals in 2008 and were immediately drawn to the atmospheric nature of the work, and the ideas of time, loss and memory which it explores. Simply staged, with a beautifully performed voiceover text, it is a work which explores ideas about life through exploring ideas about dance. Gertrud is an imagined and performed conversation through time between Austrian expressionist choreographer Gertrud Bodenwieser (1890–1959) and Simon (1968–), a solo performer-choreographer. It is a meditation on the nature of solitude, both on-stage and in the wider world. The project forms part of a trilogy of works curated as Conversations with the dead, featuring additional choreographies by Helen Herbertson and Bagryana Popov. Gertrud was commissioned for The Place Prize 2008 sponsored by Bloomberg. Contact: Simon Ellis // +44 (0)7757 952468 // se@skellis.net // www.skellis.net Nous avons découvert cette œuvre à la finale du Place Prize en 2008 et avons été immédiatement conquis par sa nature atmosphérique et les concepts qu'elle explore : le temps, la perte, la mémoire. Avec une interprétation épurée et une très belle performance en voix-off, Gertrud est une réflexion sur la danse, et, par ce biais, s'interroge sur la vie elle-même.

Image: Benedict Johnson

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The piece uses a range of techniques alongside powerful Japanese video projections – fast and precise staccato phrases in contrast with eastern style, ultra controlled, haunting, movement and mime. Listen tours as part of the ACE dance and music double bill Switch.

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BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

Dancers: Sade Alleyne, Sara Enrich Bertran, Grace Hann, Nicholas Keegan, Nicholas Peak, Lisa Rowley Choreographers: Artistic Director Gail Parmel & Guest Choreographer Douglas Thorpe Music: Ian Parmel in collaboration with Benjamin George, Peter Maxwell & Junior Willocks Visual Stage Design: Akihiko Kaneko Lighting Design: Heidi Riley Stage Design: Claire Witcombe Costume Design: Selina Nightingale

Choreographed by Artistic Director Gail Parmel and Douglas Thorpe, Listen is about modern day war and the effect that this has on the psyche. Dancers explore posttraumatic stress, living with the memories and experience of war and conflict. This piece also explores relationship breakdown and power struggles between men and women, reflecting the emotional landscape of a lover leaving to go to war and returning a changed person.

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Birmingham-based ACE dance and music has broadened many people’s concept of contemporary African and Caribbean dance in recent years through collaborations between Artistic Director Gail Parmel and artists such as Vincent Mantsoe, Akiko Kitamura and, in this new work, Douglas Thorpe. Listen’s thematic ideas about war, conflict and trauma fit perfectly with Thorpe’s aggressive, physical movement, whilst the repetitive phrasing calls to mind both military drills and physical ticks.


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER DEBATE

MULTI-PLATFORM DANCE PART ONE: WHAT AND WHERE IS DANCE IN A DIGITAL WORLD? Saturday 6th February 12.15-13.45 The Electric Cinema The web is a constantly evolving frontier of information and imagery and yet dance companies struggle to keep up with what the web demands in terms of development. Dance video is a favourite on YouTube and yet this is awash with a myriad of choices and the site does not attempt to guide the user except in the popularity stakes. The web is potentially a great ally, it provides the sector with a global reach, and dance is well suited to be attractive in this arena. However, we are in an industry transfixed and geared towards the physical. This debate focuses on the now and the future potential of dance in the digital arena. Jonnie Turpie, Co-Director of Dance TV and Director of Digital Media at Maverick TV, chairs this debate around the importance of the digital medium in today’s world, joined by a panel of industry professionals. The debate will include a Q&A session.

DEBATE

MULTI-PLATFORM DANCE PART TWO: RAVI DEEPRES IN CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN WATKINS Saturday 6th February 14.15-15.00 The Electric Cinema Jonathan Watkins, Director of Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, talks to British film, photographic and digital media artist Ravi Deepres about his cross art-form collaborations and dance based installations.

Saturday 6th February 13.00-14.30 Birmingham Hippodrome

RECEPTION

LUNCHTIME RECEPTION: PEOPLE DANCING Dance in

People Dancing is a three year programme that uses the inspiration of London 2012 to get as many people as possible dancing across the West Midlands through a series of large scale commissioned programmes and events. Funded by Legacy Trust UK, Arts Council England West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands, the project includes a major public engagement and marketing campaign as well as the creation of a dynamic new digital platform for dance. Join the People Dancing team to find out more about current activities and the organisations involved with this exciting initiative. 33


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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER

DANCEXCHANGE TWO’S COMPANY DANCE MANAGEMENT

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

FUNNY BONES

Saturday 6th February 14.00-14.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome For more information see Funny Bones performance at 12.00 on Saturday 6th February (page 31).

PERFORMANCE MIDDLE SCALE

CANDOCO DANCE COMPANY Saturday 6th February 14.30-15.10 Elmhurst School for Dance

CLOD ENSEMBLE

Âmes sensibles s’abstenir : Nigel Charnock nous présente ici le style dans lequel il excelle, c’est-à-dire faire exploser le cadre conventionnel du théâtre dansant et repousser les limites de la décence ! Avec une frénésie caractéristique dans la chorégraphie et une interprétation au rythme enlevé, mais aussi des moments plus sensibles, Nigel Charnock rend hommage à l’individualité physique de chacun de ses danseurs dans cette pièce drôle, choquante et émouvante.

Saturday 6th February 15.00-15.35 @ A E Harris For more information see Under Glass performance on Friday 5th February (page 22).

REPEAT PERFORMANCE

UNDER GLASS

Contact: Nadja Dias, Head of Touring & Marketing // +44 (0)20 7704 6845 // info@candoco.co.uk // www.candoco.co.uk

BASED IN LONDON

Choreographer: Nigel Charnock Lighting Designer: Chris Copland Costume Buyer: Shanti Freed Dancers: Darren Anderson, Elinor Baker, Bettina Carpi, Annie Hanauer, Vicky Malin, Welly O'Brien, Chris Owen

Nigel says: “Still is a chaotic, wild, seriously funny piece about love and loss – a celebration of life and death written with bodies without limits”. Still is anything but. Nigel Charnock’s patchwork of ideas takes the dancers in a constant stir guided by his eclectic choice of music. There are microphones and music boxes, knickers and bondage, love and death. The DV8 founding member and dance maverick kidnaps dancers and audiences alike into a world of love, lust, addictions and obsessions using his unique blend of morbid irony, furious entertainment and black comedy.

INTEGRATED COMPANY (DISABLED & NON-DISABLED PERFORMERS)

Image: Hugo Glendinning

DANCE THEATRE

STILL

Not a work for the fainthearted, this is Nigel Charnock doing what he does best, exploding notions of convention in dance theatre and pushing the boundaries of decency! Typically frantic and fast paced in its delivery, but with moments of sensitivity, Charnock celebrates the individual physicality of each of his performers to create a piece which is funny, outrageous and moving.

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER WORK IN PROGRESS MIDDLE SCALE CONTEMPORARY DANCE/DANCE THEATRE Image: Johan Persson

BASED IN THE WEST MIDLANDS

THE 5 MAN SHOW dx PRODUCTIONS Saturday 6th February 15.00-16.00 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2, Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome

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First created in 2006 for DanceXchange’s in-house dance company Bare Bones, The 5 Man Show toured to great acclaim as a show in the round. For BDE we wanted to give an insight into process and share the company’s work as they recruit dancers and restage the work as a middle scale work for traditional end-on theatre spaces. From suave men in suits accompanied by Leonard Bernstein’s dramatic Fugues & Riffs (Arthur Pita), to highly physical dance (Liam Steel), and breathtaking lift sequences (David Massingham), this unique dance show for an all-male cast amazed audiences across the UK and abroad when it first toured in 2006. The 5 Man Show is being revived and, for BDE, the company will present a section of the audition, including excerpts from all three pieces in the show. Contact: Beth Nabbs, Producer // +44 (0)7946 624261 // beth@twoscompanydance.co.uk // www.dancexchange.org.uk Créé en 2006 pour Bare Bones, la société de production de DanceXchange, ce spectacle en arène a fait une tournée très applaudie. Nous avons voulu donner à l’occasion du British Dance Edition un aperçu de cette œuvre en mouvement et du travail de Bare Bones, qui recrute actuellement de nouveaux danseurs et remanie The 5 Man Show, initialement interprété sur une scène à 360°, pour l’adapter aux scènes traditionnelles des théâtres.


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE SMALL SCALE CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Image: Brian Slater

BASED IN THE NORTH WEST

RITES COMPANY CHAMELEON Saturday 6th February 16.30-17.15 The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome Performers/Dancers: Anthony Missen & Kevin Turner Devised/Choreographed/Produced by: Anthony Missen & Kevin Turner Lighting Design by: Adam Carree Sound Design/Composer/Music by: Miguel Marin Costume Design: Fabrice Serafino

We were really excited on seeing Company Chameleon’s work for the first time in the summer of 2009. Two strong performers with a range of experience as dancers, co-artistic directors Anthony and Kevin have created in their debut work a piece with huge emotional depth exploring ideas of masculinity, memory and character. An exceptionally mature and confident work, Rites places the company as one to watch for the future. Rites explores those events and experiences that shape us to become what we are, where we receive our formative information from, and the cyclical nature of those behavioural traits we are left with. The work moves chronologically, charting the passage from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood. A big question in this work is “what does it mean to be a man?” and as such looks at themes such as coming of age, peer pressure, and the fragile balance of the internal psychological struggle against the external forces that steer us. Rites was commissioned by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester, and supported by Arts Council England. Company Chameleon is Resident Company of The Lowry. Contact: Anthony Missen, Artistic Director // +44 (0)7970 658115 // anthony@companychameleon.com // www.companychameleon.com C’est avec impatience que nous avons attendu l'été 2009 pour découvrir le travail de la compagnie Chameleon’s. Anthony et Kevin, deux interprètes de talent avec des expériences diverses en tant que danseurs, sont ici co-directeurs artistiques pour la première fois. Rites explore les idées de masculinité, de mémoire et de personnalité avec une remarquable profondeur émotionnelle. Cette œuvre témoigne d'une maturité et d'une assurance admirables. Nous ne manquerons de suivre les futurs projets de Chameleon!

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE SITE SENSITIVE WORK SMALL SCALE Image: Lucy Cash

PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE/CONCEPTUAL WORK BASED IN SCOTLAND

FIGURE THIS ANNA KRZYSTEK Saturday 6th February 16.30-17.15 Ikon Eastside Choreography & Performance: Anna Krzystek Original Sound Score: Tom Murray Video Installation: Tim Nunn, Daniela De Paulis & Anna Krzystek

Anna is an artist with a rigorous conceptual basis and strong sense of visual identity for her work. She has been creating work for a number of years in New York (where she trained), Europe (as part of Helsinki-based performance group Oblivia) and in Scotland (where she is based). However, this wide geographical base for her work and individual style of performance means that she is relatively unknown in the UK dance industry. We first met her and saw her work at the New Territories festival in Glasgow, where she was presenting all three pieces in her trilogy, and were keen to expose her to a wider dance sector audience through BDE. Figure This is the third piece in the trilogy, following Test and Still, based on the premise of waiting. Waiting, in all degrees of ambiguity, is experienced by everyone every day. In these pieces the performer is referred to as the figure. Her presence is at once both immediate and distant as she is placed in relation to time, space, sound, object and filmed image. The figure moves through a series of choreographic acts that see her pushed to extremes. These acts are compulsive and enduring, they commence and end without warning leaving the figure suspended in periods of “not doing”. It is precisely in these gaps of “not doing’ that the figure is revealed and a sense of closeness can be felt. Figure This is a New Territories 09 commission co-produced by Les Halles, Brussels, as part of A Space For Live Art. Additional funding & support from Scottish Arts Council Choreographic Fellowship Award, CCA, Dance Base, The Work Room, Dance House, Tramway, Oblivia and Balance. Contact: Anna Krzystek // +44 (0)141 334 7933 // krzystekanna@gmail.com // www.annakrzystek.com

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Anna Krzystek exprime dans ses œuvres une base conceptuelle rigoureuse et un sens prononcé de l’identité visuelle. Elle travaille depuis plusieurs années à New-York (où elle a aussi été formée), en Europe (dans le cadre du groupe artistique Oblivia, basé à Helsinki) et en Écosse, où elle vit maintenant. Du fait de son implantation géographique multiple et de son style individualisé, elle est relativement peu connue dans le monde de la danse au Royaume-Uni. Nous l’avons découverte au festival New Territories à Glasgow, où sa trilogie était représentée, et c’est avec grand plaisir que nous rendons Figure This accessible à une audience plus nombreuse à l'occasion du British Dance Edition.


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER RECEPTION

BRITISH COUNCIL ROADSHOW 4: WESTERN EUROPE, EASTERN EUROPE, CENTRAL & SOUTHERN ASIA Saturday 6th February 16.30-17.30 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome The British Council’s Drama & Dance Advisors have been on hand throughout the week to offer general advice on the international dance constituency and answer region-specific questions in order to help you make the most of networking opportunities during BDE. Advisors Nadine Owen (Western Europe) and Andrew Jones (South East Europe, Russia and North Europe, Central and Southern Asia) will lead this final session. This is a first come first served event -- no need to book in advance, just turn up.

WORK IN PROGRESS MIDDLE/LARGE SCALE BASED IN THE SOUTH EAST

Image: Yesterday, photographer Alastair Muir

DANCE THEATRE

WORK IN PROGRESS JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY Saturday

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February 17.30-18.30 DanceXchange Studios 1 & 2 Level 5, Birmingham Hippodrome

This second BDE 2010 appearance by Jasmin Vardimon is an opportunity to see the initial ideas for a future production by this extremely successful company. The event promises to be highly physical, showing movement in development as well as exploring the concepts behind her new work. Choreographed for the middle-scale, this new production is set to premiere at Brighton Dome in September 2010 and to tour throughout 2010-11. Contact: Ian Ross, Executive Director // +44 (0)1273 645266 // producer@jasminvardimon.com // www.jasminvardimon.com Voici la deuxième œuvre présentée par Jasmin Vardimon pour ce British Dance Edition 2010. Nous découvrons ici les fondements d’une production à venir par la florissante Jasmin Vardimon Company. Cet événement sera sans aucun doute une haute performance physique, montrant des mouvements en cours de développement et explorant les concepts choisis par Jasmin Vardimon pour sa nouvelle œuvre. Les délégués sont invités à profiter de ce spectacle autour d’une tasse de thé à partager avec l’auteur. 39


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER REPEAT PERFORMANCE

UNDER GLASS CLOD ENSEMBLE

Saturday 6th February 18.30-19.05 @ A E Harris For more information see Under Glass performance on Friday 5th February (page 22).

Saturday 6th February 18.30-20.00 Birmingham Hippodrome

Image: Brian Slater

PERFORMANCE

STRIDE!

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Move through the foyers, look up and around you, for a surprising and spectacular performance by Stride! – a Greater Manchester young men’s dance project for 11-19 year olds. This sited performance has been developed under the artistic direction of Company Chameleon, inspired by its new work Rites (see page 37). Stride! is commissioned and co-ordinated by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester and supported by Stockport MBC, Fred Longworth High School, Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Oldham MBC and Arts Council England North West. For more information on Stride! visit www.digm.org or www.companychameleon.com

NETWORKING

MEET THE ARTISTS Saturday 6th February 19.00-20.00 StageSide, Birmingham Hippodrome Join us for our fourth and final session, a chance to network and chat informally over coffee as well as talk to artists and companies that have performed during Saturday’s programme.

TWO X TWO CHOICE AFTERLIGHT PART 1 RUSSELL MALIPHANT COMPANY & COBOSMIKA COMPANY Saturday 6th February 20.00-21.00 Birmingham Hippodrome 40

We were really excited when we saw AfterLight Part 1 as part of Sadler’s Wells’ In the Spirit of Diaghilev. An exquisite and moving solo, it forms the climax of this triple bill from Russell Maliphant Company. With movement which revels in the strength, weight and lines of the human body, we’re hoping that this performance will form a fitting close to British Dance Edition 2010. The dances of award winning choreographer Russell Maliphant are characterised by his distinctive approach to the relationship between movement, light and music. This special programme opens with Two x Two, Maliphant’s reworking of his solo Two, which premiered at the London Colisuem in 2009. The second piece is Choice, Maliphant’s 2003 ballet for five dancers revived for the first time on Catalonia based CobosMika Company, making its BDE debut in this work enveloped within a soundscape influenced by Asian rhythms. Closing the programme is Maliphant’s brand new solo work, AfterLight Part 1 (pictured), which was created for the Sadler’s Wells Production In the Spirit of Diaghilev (premiered in London, Oct 2009), and uses Vaslav Nijinksy’s geometric drawings and paintings as a starting point. Contact: Phillip Burton, Producer & Manager // +44 (0)20 7278 1295 // phillip.burton@rmcompany.co.uk // www.rmcompany.co.uk C’est avec un enthousiasme unanime que nous avons assisté à AfterLight Part 1 dans le cadre du cycle In the Spirit of Diaghilev au théâtre Sadler's Wells. Ce solo émouvant et subtil est l’apothéose du triple spectacle présenté par la Russell Maliphant Company. Avec un mouvement qui s'épanouit dans la force, le poids et les lignes du corps humain, nous espérons que cette œuvre sera la parfaite conclusion de ce British Dance Edition 2010.


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER PERFORMANCE MIDDLE TO LARGE SCALE CONTEMPORARY DANCE BASED IN LONDON

Two x Two (10 mins) Choreography: Russell Maliphant Lighting Design: Michael Hulls Music: Andy Cowton Costume Realisation: Kei Ito Performed by: Dana Fouras & Daniel Proietto

Image: Hugo Glendinning

Choice (35 mins) Choreography: Russell Maliphant Lighting: Michael Hulls Music: mukul (ambientTV.NET) Rehearsal Director: Anna Williams Performed by: CobosMika Company featuring Olga Cobos, Peter Mika, Laura Vilar, Iker Arrue & Anna Òdena

AfterLight Part 1 (15 mins) Choreography: Russell Maliphant Lighting Design: Michael Hulls Music: Erik Satie Pianist: Dustin Gledhill Sound Design: Andy Cowton Costume Design: Stevie Stewart Animation: Jan Urbanowski Performed by: Daniel Proietto Original concept & design created with Es Devlin Film content created by onedotzero industries ltd

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SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY // SAMEDI 6 FÉVRIER RECEPTION

FINAL NIGHT PARTY Saturday 6th February 21.00-01.00 Birmingham Hippodrome Foyers

Image: Neil Pugh

Join us to celebrate four fantastic days of British Dance in Birmingham!

SUNDAY 7th FEBRUARY // DIMANCHE 7 FÉVRIER DEBATE

THE MORNING AFTER Sunday 7th February 09.30-11.00 Pinsent Masons Suite, Birmingham Hippodrome Join us for the last of our Morning After sessions, looking back at Saturday’s programme, hosted and facilitated by John Ashford (see page 18 for details).

DanceXchange, on behalf of BDE 2010, would like to thank the following organisations/individuals for their support in making this event happen:

THANKS

· National Dance Network Task Group Organisations – Dance Base, Dance East, DanceXchange, Deda, Merseyside Dance Initiative, The Place · Our 2010 Venues – @ A E Harris, Birmingham Hippodrome/The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Crowne Plaza, Elmhurst School for Dance, Ikon Eastside, StageSide, The Council House, The Electric Cinema, The Loft Lounge, Town Hall · All artists and companies presenting work at BDE 2010 · All staff and volunteers that have worked in the run up to, and during, BDE 2010 · All organisations that have supported The BDE 2010 Research Project · Dom Murphy and Tak!, with photographer Chris Keenan, for the BDE 2010 brand identity · Lisa Wassell and Richard Evans at 21st Century Design for design work · Made Media/Chris Unitt at Meshed Media for website development

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Trade Fair Standholders (In order of stand number) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19

www.theatre-rites.com www.tilted.org.uk www.balletlorent.com www.thecholmondeleys.org www.mobiusdance.com www.tavazivadance.com www.probeproject.com www.kompanymalakhi.com www.taciturn.co.uk

www.iadms.org / www.wlv.ac.uk www.equity.org.uk www.communitydance.org.uk www.xtrax.org.uk www.adad.org.uk www.davidedmundsprojects.com www.ukarts.com www.mdi.org.uk

www.idmn.co.uk www.touchdowndance.co.uk www.garyclarkeuk.com www.acedanceandmusic.com www.vincentdt.com www.collisiondance.co.uk www.stepoutarts.co.uk www.upswing.org.uk www.jasminvardimon.com www.welshballet.co.uk www.ydance.org www.scottishdancetheatre.com www.smallpetitklein.com

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Chickenshed Ludus Dance Loop Dance Company Sonia Sabri Company Dance3 – National Dance Network Chitraleka Dance Company DanceXchange Northern Ballet Theatre Dance Base Bare Toed Dance Company All Play Wales Arts International (Arts Council of Wales) Welsh Independant Dance Dance South West Dance 4 South East Dance Candoco Dance Company Makin Projects Illuminate Design Ltd. Youth Dance England Arts Council England National Dance Company Wales British Harlequin Hype Dance Company Open Heart Productions Northants Dance Tees Valley Dance James Rowbotham Dance Photography/ Perfect Landscape Blue Boy Entertainment Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company Earthfall StopGAP Dance Company Robin Dingemans Dog Kennel Hill Project The Junction

Image: Town Hall, photographer Mike Gutteridge

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Theatre-Rites Tilted Productions balletLORENT The Cholmondeleys and the Featherstonehaughs Mobuis Dance Theatre Tavaziva Dance PROBE Kompany Malakhi taciturn International Association for Dance Medicine and Science, Birmingham 2010 Equity Foundation for Community Dance XTRAX The Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) Dep Arts Ltd. UK Arts International Dance North West National Dance Network Independent Dance Manager’s Network Touchdown Dance Gary Clarke ACE dance and music Vincent Dance Theatre Collision Step Out Arts Upswing Jasmin Vardimon Company Independent Ballet Wales Ydance Dance and Digital Works Scottish Dance Theatre Smallpetitklein Dance Company

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Stand numbers and organisations correct at time of going to print -- may be subject to change, please check on the day.

www.chickenshed.org.uk www.ludusdance.org www.loopdancecompany.co.uk www.ssco.org.uk www.dance3.org www.chitraleka.co.uk www.dancexchange.org.uk www.northernballettheatre.co.uk www.dancebase.co.uk www.baretoed.co.uk www.allplaydance.co.uk www.wai.org.uk www.welshindance.co.uk www.dancesouthwest.org.uk www.dance4.co.uk www.southeastdance.org.uk www.candoco.co.uk www.makinprojects.co.uk www.illuminatedesign.co.uk www.yde.org.uk www.artscouncil.org.uk www.ndcwales.co.uk www.harlequinfloors.com www.hypedance.org.uk www.arthurpita.com www.teesvalleydance.co.uk

www.perfectlandscape.com www.blueboyent.com www.blueeyedsouldance.com www.earthfall.org.uk www.stopgap.uk.com www.robindingemans.com www.dogkennelhillproject.org www.junction.co.uk


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Venue Listings A E Harris 110 Northwood Street, Birmingham, B3 1SZ Birmingham Hippodrome Stage Door Entrance, Thorp Street Birmingham, B5 4TB Birmingham Repertory Theatre & The Door Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP Crowne Plaza Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1HH DanceXchange Studios Level 5 Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB Elmhurst School for Dance 249 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B5 7UH Ikon Eastside 183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SE The Loft Lounge 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6RG StageSide, The BDE Hub Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB The Council House Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB The Electric Cinema 47-49 Station Street, Birmingham, B5 4DY The Patrick Centre Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham, B5 4TB Town Hall Victoria Square, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Coach Timetable Three of our BDE venues – Elmhurst School for Dance, Ikon Eastside and A E Harris – are more than a five minute walk away from The BDE Hub at StageSide, so we’ve arranged coach transportation. Please note: All coaches from The BDE Hub will depart from Inge Street, which is a one minute walk away and signposted on the map opposite. You can meet beforehand in The Hub and a member of staff will take you to the departure point.

Thursday 4th February Depart From

Time

Going To

The BDE Hub

13.45

Elmhurst School for Dance for Lost Dog, 14.30-15.30

Elmhurst School for Dance

15.30

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

16.00

Ikon Eastside for Iona Kewney, 16.30-17.00

Ikon Eastside

17.00

The BDE Hub

Depart From

Time

Going To

The Council House

13.45

Elmhurst School for Dance for Bonachela Dance Company, 14.30-15.50

Elmhurst School for Dance

16.00

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

13.45

Elmhurst School for Dance for Bonachela Dance Company, 14.30-15.50

Elmhurst School for Dance

16.00

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

14.30

A E Harris for Clod Ensemble, 15.00-15.35

A E Harris

15.35

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

16.00

A E Harris for Dudendance, 16.30-17.30

A E Harris

17.30

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

18.00

A E Harris for Clod Ensemble, 18.30-19.05

A E Harris

19.05

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

16.00

Ikon Eastside for Gary Clarke & Billy Cowie, 16.30-17.20

Ikon Eastside

17.20

The BDE Hub

Depart From

Time

Going To

The BDE Hub

13.45

Elmhurst School for Dance for Candoco Dance Company, 14.30-15.10

Elmhurst School for Dance

15.10

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

14.30

A E Harris for Clod Ensemble, 15.00-15.35

A E Harris

15.35

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

18.15

A E Harris for Clod Ensemble, 18.30-19.05

A E Harris

19.05

The BDE Hub

The BDE Hub

16.00

Ikon Eastside for Anna Krzystek, 16.30-17.15

Ikon Eastside

17.15

The BDE Hub

Friday 5th February

Saturday 6th February

Booking Taxis If you need to use a taxi during your stay, please come to the Registration Desk in our BDE Hub at StageSide, and a member of staff will make the booking for you. If you’re at another venue such as Elmhurst School for Dance or A E Harris and would like a taxi, a local firm we would recommend to use is TOA Taxis, telephone number 0121 427 8888. 46


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Map of Central Birmingham/Key BDE Locations

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A E Harris, Jewellery Quarter

L HILL Birmingham Repertory Theatre The Door

Symphony Hall

Town Hall

The Council House

Crowne Plaza Receptions

Pavilions

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The Electric Cinema

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The BDE Hub StageSide

The Patrick Centre

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DanceXchange Birmingham Hippodrome

5 Minutes Walk Distance

Elmhurst School For Dance

The Loft Lounge Reception

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BDE Programme Guide 2010