Anjali Dance Company Genius UK Tour 2019

22/09/2019

Anjali Dance Company’s Genius

Anjali Dance Company’s Genius (c) Judie Waldmann

Anjali Dance Company is on tour across the UK from now until 20 November with Genius, a double bill of work by award-winning choreographers Lea Anderson MBE and Gary Clarke.

Founded in 1995 by its current Artistic Director, Nicole Thomson, Anjali aims to provide ‘professional-standard dance of the highest quality performed by learning-disabled dancers’. One of the first companies in the world to provide a framework in which people with learning disabilities could train to achieve their highest potential as performers and teachers, Anjali runs a performing arts course for company members that includes contemporary dance, physical theatre, music and fitness. It engages the professional dance community in debate on fundamental issues of aesthetics, form, purpose and inclusion.

Lea Anderson, founder of the all-female dance company The Cholmondeleys in 1984 and the all-male The Featherstonehaughs in 1988, worked with Anjali Dance Company to create Bloodsucker (2017). Based on the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film, the piece presents five distinct scenes, each one set in a three-sided box, that become their own ‘tales of horror’. Soundtrack and designs are by long-term Lea Anderson collaborators Steve Blake and Simon Vincenzi.

Leading independent dance artist Gary Clarke, whose company won the ‘UK Theatre Award’ for Coal in 2016, has produced site-specific work in pubs, clubs, graveyards and galleries. For Anjali he turned his attention to the personal life and musical works of Ludwig van Beethoven. A series of gothic-infused, cinematic and darkly humorous short sketches, Beethoven (2013) is set to excerpts of the composer’s music with designs by Ryan Dawson Laight, creator of the costumes for DeNada Dance Theatre’s Toro in 2018.

The Genius tour will visit Bournemouth, Barnsley, Halifax, Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham, accompanied by a bespoke programme of educational residences and workshops taught by the company dancers.

Tour dates and venues:

Salisbury

Salisbury Arts Centre – 20 September 2pm, 8pm www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk

Bournemouth

Pavilion Dance South West – 3 October 1pm, 7.30pm www.pdsw.org.uk

Barnsley

The Civic – 9 October 1pm, 7:30pm www.barnsleycivic.co.uk

Halifax

Square Chapel Arts Centre – 24 October 1:30pm, 7.30pm www.squarechapel.co.uk

Coventry

Warwick Arts Centre – 7 November 7.45pm www.warwickartscentre.co.uk 0207 1211100

Leicester

Curve – 9 November 7.45pm www.curveonline.co.uk

Birmingham

Birmingham Hippodrome – 19 November 7.45pm and 20 November 1pm www.birminghamhippodrome.co.uk

For more information visit: http://www.anjali.co.uk/

John O’Dwyer

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