The French mystic and philosopher Simone Weil wrote that “attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity”. ‘Andante’ is an invitation to pause, to connect with your senses, to be in a room with others and not have to say or even see anything. It is conceived as a generous and patient walk into a cloud of attention and time. The word andante refers to a type of musical movement that is moderately slow or distinct. It originates from the Italian word andare which means “to go”. Igor and Moreno make hypnotic and visceral works exploring people’s needs and desires. ‘Andante’ follows on from international tours of acclaimed works ‘Idiot-Syncrasy’ and ‘A Room For All Our Tomorrows’.
Tamara Rojo introduces ‘She Said’, her latest commission, a programme of new one-act ballets all choreographed by women. Frida Khalo, the great Mexican painter, is the subject of one of three new works choreographed by women at Sadler’s Wells, a triple bill of new works by world-class choreographers Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Yabin Wang.
Jairo Barrull Flamenco Company present ‘El Llanto Se Mueve’ (The Cry Moves) on the 7th May 2016 at The Mercury Theatre. Flamenco dancers Jairo Barrull and Irene ‘La Sentio’ are joined by a full cast of award winning gypsy musicians from Andalucia to evoke the pure essence of flamenco’s soul: el llanto (the cry).
Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award Exhibition
17 March 2016 – 20 May 2016
Trailer for Ham and Passion, a triple bill of dance choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra for DeNada Dance Theatre. / Works: Young Man!, O Maria and Passionaria. / Performed by Victoria Da Silva, Sabrina Ribes Bonet, Joao Maio and Margherita Eliot. / Filmed by Dan Tucker.
Constellations is presented in association with MOKO Dance, a national dance partnership led by DanceEast dedicated to opening the eyes of children and their families to the power of dance.
Photo by David Ruiz
This month, the Spanish theatre production company, Ron Lalá, took its new performance ‘Somewhere in the Quijote’ to the Riverside Studios on the banks of the Thames in Hammersmith as part of the second Festival of Spanish Theatre in London. The festival was initiated last year by Mariví Rodríguez Quiñones, University lecturer of Spanish at King’s College, with the aim of promoting Spanish theatre in the UK.
Don Quixote is, for many British people, a quintessential staple of Spanish culture, and it’s no surprise that this ballet, choreographed by Cuban Carlos Acosta – who also dances the role of Basilio alongside Spanish ballerina Marianela Nuñez– has been seen as a showcase for all of that fiery Latino spirit that we Brits are convinced is an essential characteristic of our Mediterranean neighbours. And yet, somehow, there’s something about the whole production that doesn’t quite ring true.