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PERFORMANCES

Autumn 2008

TICKET SALES 0844 338 5000 INFO & BUY ONLINE www.dancexchange.org.uk DanceXchange // Birmingham Hippodrome // Hurst Street // Birmingham // B5 4TB


Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández Vincent S.K Mantsoe

Jasmin Vardimon Company Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández Vincent S.K Mantsoe

2FaCeD DaNcE Company Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández Vincent S.K Mantsoe

Jesús Fernández Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández

Vincent S.K Mantsoe

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Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández Vincent S.K Mantsoe

IMAGES (TOP TO BOTTOM): ROSIE KAY DANCE COMPANY, JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY, 2FACED DANCE COMPANY, JESUS FERNANDEZ, VINCENT S.K MANTSOE

Rosie Kay Dance Company Jasmin Vardimon Company 2FaCeD DaNcE Company Jesús Fernández Vincent S.K Mantsoe


Welcome to our new DanceXchange season, bringing the best dance from around the world to The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome. Following on from the huge success of the first International Dance Festival Birmingham earlier this year, this season sees some familiar faces return, alongside some companies visiting us for the first time. The Season begins with a new double-bill by DanceXchange Associate Artist, Rosie Kay Dance Company. Rosie will be presenting a new work, Supernova (which features a fantastic cast of five female dancers) alongside her recent International Dance Festival Birmingham commission, Double Points: K. October sees us welcoming Jasmin Vardimon Company with its new show, Yesterday, featuring some of the most celebrated moments from the company’s work. Next up are some more old friends, 2FaCeD Dance Company. Most recently seen in Birmingham as part of the amazing Watch this Space event in Victoria Square, 2FaCeD is coming to

Birmingham after a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival with State of Matter. In what’s becoming something of a tradition for DanceXchange, November brings Flamenco to the Patrick Centre. This year we’re really excited to welcome Jesús Fernández, a highly acclaimed artist with Pura Emoción. As usual, we’ll also be offering our range of Flamenco workshops to accompany the performance. Finally for the Autumn we have the wonderful Vincent S.K Mantsoe from South Africa. Vincent brings his unique style to The Patrick Centre in the shape of his compelling and stirring new solo, Ebhofolo. Don’t forget you can book all the shows online at www.dancexchange.org.uk/shows

We look forward to seeing you this season! Paul Burns Acting Programme Manager, DanceXchange

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Fri 12 – Sun 14 Sept // Venues across Birmingham As part of Birmingham’s biggest and most vibrant cultural festival, we’ve arranged a couple of exciting events here at DanceXchange! Taster Day // Sat 13 Sept // 9am - 4pm // DanceXchange Studios Including drop in dance classes, demonstrations by tutors and a chance to meet dx staff, there really hasn’t been a better time to come and see what we’re about. For more info, contact Cat Boffy on 0121 689 3170. PROTEIN presents Dear Body // Sat 13 Sept // 3.30pm // The Patrick Centre High energy physical theatre and comedy collide in this latest slice of dance theatre from award-winning PROTEIN. A witty satire on our growing fixation with body image, Dear Body delves into the most private relationship of all: the one we have with ourselves. SUITABLE FOR 16YRS+, CONTAINS NUDITY. NO NEED TO BOOK FOR EITHER OF THE EVENTS ABOVE, JUST TURN UP AND ENJOY!

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Rosie Kay Dance Company (UK)

DOUBLE POINTS: K & SUPERNOVA

INCLUDES

POST SHOW TALK

Wednesday 24 September // 8pm DOUBLE POINTS: K Set against a soundtrack of dub step, electro and classical music, this duet combines the beauty of pure movement with the thrill of dancers pushing themselves to the edge. Starring DanceXchange Associate Artist Rosie Kay, and Morgan Cloud. SUPERNOVA Taking its name from rare outer space blasts generated by dying stars, this brand new piece will lead you on an explosive journey as five female dancers create a performance of raw beauty.

RUNNING TIME: 1hr 20mins including interval TICKETS In advance: £10.50 / £7.50 concession On the day: £12.50 / £9.50 concession 4

www.rosiekay.co.uk This show is most

12+ accessible for audiences aged 12yrs+


“Kay’s is a sparky talent”

PHOTOGRAPHER: BRIAN SLATER

JUDITH MACKRELL, THE GUARDIAN

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Jasmin Vardimon Company (UK)

YESTERDAY Thursday 9 & Friday 10 October // 8pm

THURS EVE INCLUDES POST SHOW TALK

Award-winning dance theatre choreographer Jasmin Vardimon celebrates her company’s 10th anniversary with a retrospective new piece featuring some of the most breathtaking duets, striking solos and iconic moments from the company’s repertoire: Justitia, Park, Lullaby, Tete, Lurelurelure and Ticklish. Integrating new material with live video animation, this bold work resounds with passion and Jasmin’s trademark physicality. Eight dancers interweave scenes of tenderness with provocative and playful choreography, remaining as stirring and socially relevant as ever.

“Highly original material, beautifully executed by a talented cast” INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

RUNNING TIME: Approx 75mins no interval TICKETS In advance: £10.50 / £7.50 concession On the day: £12.50 / £9.50 concession

www.jasminvardimon.com

14+ Contains some adult material

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PHOTOGRAPH: BEN HARRIES


2FaCeD DaNcE Company (UK) in association with makin projects presents

STATE OF MATTER

TUES EVE INCLUDES POST SHOW TALK

Tuesday 21 & Wednesday 22 October // 8pm

RUNNING TIME: 60mins no interval TICKETS In advance: £10.50 / £7.50 concession On the day: £12.50 / £9.50 concession 8

www.2faceddance.org.uk

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Suitable for all ages


With gravity defying moves, acrobatics, break dance, robotics, street and contemporary dance, this show is an hour of intense energy and vibe featuring eight male dancers. Set to an amazing soundtrack, State of Matter takes dance theatre back to basics, showing the dance styles, movement, articulation and extremes that the body can be taken to.

“A total whammy of gasp-inducing dance� THE HERALD

PHOTOGRAPHER: CHRIS NASH

Brace yourself for the ride of your life...!

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Jesús Fernández (SPAIN)

PURA EMOCIÓN Saturday 15 November // 8pm In this passionate flamenco performance, Jesús expresses the human struggle to overcome the control that emotion has over us. This journey begins with an exploration of the nature of emotion itself: how it feels to be subjected to its high and lows, the often absurd situations we find ourselves in once the emotional impulse disappears, and the emotional traps we lay along the way. El sinvivir se va a acabar - without emotion, life cannot be lived... Jesús has won several dance awards in his home country for both his performance and choreography. This new show promises to be a fantastic evening of fiery Spanish music and dance. WORKSHOPS We’re holding sessions in flamenco dance and singing for all levels during this weekend, taught by Jesús and Ana Garcia. For more information contact Ana on 0121 240 7828 or email promoagm@blueyonder.co.uk.

RUNNING TIME: Approx 1hr 10mins no interval TICKETS In advance: £10.50 / £7.50 concession On the day: £12.50 / £9.50 concession 10

www.flamenco-birmingham.com

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Suitable for all ages


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PHOTOGRAPH: JESÚS FERNÁNDEZ (PHOTOGRAPHER UNKNOWN)


Vincent S.K Mantsoe (SOUTH AFRICA)

EBHOFOLO

INCLUDES

POST SHOW TALK

Thursday 4 December // 8pm Vincent’s choreography draws from and challenges the ideas that surround us daily, making us who we are. In this brand new solo work, he takes inspiration from the structure of traditional African homesteads; built to create space and a sense of nature, but also to reflect interpersonal relations between the inhabitants and their ancestors. Ebhofolo (“this madness”) looks at the ways in which the nature of people is related to their lifestyle and the spaces of their homes, inherited since childbirth. In creating this piece, Vincent finds expressions in dance for the relationship between yesterday, today and tomorrow.

RUNNING TIME: 60mins no interval TICKETS In advance: £10.50 / £7.50 concession On the day: £12.50 / £9.50 concession

www.sekwaman.co.za This show is most

12+ accessible for audiences aged 12yrs+

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“Flooded with metaphors, dissolving images and riveting ritual”

CREATED BY: Vincent Sekwati Koko Mantsoe DÉCOR AND PANTING: Mme Ester Mahlangu LIGHTING DESIGNER: Serge Damon TRANSCRIBED BY: Karen Vedel MUSIC BY: Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Akbar Modari, Tartit, Dinda Hamma Sarre

PHOTOGRAPH: SUZY BERNSTEIN

THE STAR, SOUTH AFRICA ON VINCENT’S WORK

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HOW TO BOOK

HOW TO FIND US

ONLINE: www.dancexchange.org.uk/shows 3% transaction fee. TELEPHONE: 0844 338 5000 (calls cost from 5p per min) Mon - Sat, 9.30am - 8pm. 6% transaction fee. IN PERSON: Mon - Sat, 10am - 8pm. Birmingham Hippodrome Ticket Sales (main entrance on Hurst Street). 6% transaction fee unless paying by cash. AGENCIES: Tickets are also available from The TicketShop (Rotunda, Bullring, 0121 202 5000). PAYMENT: We accept most major credit and debit cards. Please make cheques payable to Birmingham Hippodrome. Tickets can be posted for a charge of ÂŁ1. Please note that we are required to post tickets direct to the registered card address. TICKET PRICES: For most of our performances it's cheaper to book in advance. In advance is any day up to and including the day before the show. For example, the last day you can claim in advance prices for a Saturday show would be the Friday before. CONCESSIONS: Under 16s, full time students, over 60s and those on jobseekers allowance or income support. Concessionary rates are also available for Birmingham Hippodrome Friends and BRB Friends (please quote your membership number when booking). GROUP BOOKINGS: Buy 10 tickets and receive one further ticket free. ACCESS: DanceXchange welcomes visitors with disabilities to all its productions and events -- if you would like to discuss your visit please do so when booking your tickets.

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DanceXchange is located within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex on Hurst Street, very near the Bull Ring Market and the Arcadian Centre. BY TRAIN: New Street and Moor Street stations are approx 5-10 mins walk. For local service information please contact Centro on 0121 200 2700. BY BUS: For local enquiries please contact Centro on 0121 200 2700. BY CAR: There are pay & display car parks nearby, including a multi-storey in the Arcadian Centre.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet presents BEAUTY & THE BEAST Wednesday 1 - Sunday 5 October £13.50 - £45 Young girl Belle is sent to live with the terrifying Beast in penance for her father’s theft of a rose from the animal's garden.

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents RUSSIAN STEPS Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 October £13.50 - £45 Three one-act ballets by some of the greatest Russian composers.

LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO Wednesday 5 - Saturday 8 November £11.50 - £29.50 Affectionately known as The Trocks, this company presents an inspired blend of their loving knowledge of dance, their brilliant comic approach, and the astounding fact that men can indeed dance en pointe without falling flat on their faces!

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 November £14.50 - £35 Matthew Bourne's delightful adaptation of the classic Tim Burton motion picture is a treat for all the family.

NATIONAL YOUTH BALLET Sunday 16 November £10.50 - £22.50 A return visit to Birmingham Hippodrome for this talented company, celebrating its 21st anniversary season.

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER Friday 28 November - Saturday 13 December £13.50 - £45 Magical scenery, including an amazing transformation and a giant flying snow goose – this is the perfect ballet to become part of your Christmas tradition.

BOOK ONLINE www.birminghamhippodrome.com TICKET SALES 0844 338 5000 GROUP SALES 0844 338 7000 CALLS COST FROM 5P PER MIN. 6% TRANSACTION FEE APPLIES: 3% ONLINE.

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COVER PHOTOGRAPH: BRIAN SLATER All information in this brochure is correct at time of going to print

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DanceXchange Performances Autumn 2008