This Spring the UK’s original graduate dance company – Transitions Dance Company – are coming to the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford on Wednesday 27 March at 7.30pm with a newly commissioned triple bill from choreographers Karole Armitage, Hetain Patel and Marina Collard. The three works From Dirt To Soil (Karole Armitage), many much, many much too many (Marina Collard) and You Tube Made Me (Hetain Patel) range from graceful precision to the wry and mischievous in a programme that showcases this year’s superb company of international dance artists.
From Dirt To Soil formulates an urgent and personal response to world environmental issues. Using a conversation with notable American agriculturalist Wes Jackson, as both rhythmic impetus and a narrative drive, Armitage shapes her sharp and slinky neo-classical movement language into traditional partnering and theatrical gesture.
Marina Collard’s many much, many much too many uses film-inspired edit-cut-splice techniques to craft a witty and poetic dance work. Set to an original score by sound artist and professor of composition at Trinity Laban, Paul Newland, the performers negotiate the changes and disruption caused by seemingly shifting tectonic plates, looping, developing and resetting their material according to a collective blueprint. The work features lighting design by creative collaborator Michael Mannion.
Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate Artist Hetain Patel uses humour, choreography and text to explore themes of identity and freedom in his new work YouTube Made Me.
Commandeering the individual voices and movements of his fifteen performers, Patel weaves personal memories with particularly weird and wonderful YouTube glories into a wry and indelible human tapestry. Prepare to be confronted and charmed in equal measure.
Founded in 1982 by Bonnie Bird, Transitions Dance Company – whose alumni include Sir Matthew Bourne, Luca Silvestrini and Emma Gladstone – was the first of its kind to provide a gateway between dance training and professional performance. Its subsequent success over the last 37 years has inspired the creation of numerous graduate dance companies across the country, allowing student dancers to gain practical experience of life in a touring dance company whilst simultaneously completing their professional training.
To book your tickets contact the Box Office on 01245 606505 or visit Chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres