NEW! Transitions Dance Company’s 2020 UK Tour from 21 Feb – 6 June

26/01/2020

Transitions Dance Company UK Tour 2020 –  21 Feb – 6 June

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A triple bill of new works by H2Dance, Cameron MacMillan, Elisa Pagani

The UK’s original graduate dance company – Transitions Dance Company – presents an eclectic programme of new work from internationally acclaimed choreographers H2DANCE, Cameron McMillan and Elisa Pagani. The UK tour commences at Dundee’s The Space, February 21st before taking in Cardiff’s Dance House (29 Feb), Trafford’s Waterside arts venue (3 March), Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre (13 March), Buxton Opera House (18 March), Perth Theatre (25 March), Chichester University (24 April), Worcester’s Swan Theatre (14 May) and London’s Laban Theatre (4-6 June). There are also performances in Bologna (27 April) and Athens (20 May).

Award-winning Scandinavian choreographers H2DANCE explore themes of group behaviour, conformity, power balance and manipulation in a new commission for Transitions. The choreographers are known for their interdisciplinary approach combining movement, voice, and video to create dance that probes serious topics with irreverent humour. London-based choreographer, dance artist and movement director Cameron McMillan, described by The Observer as ‘one of the most compelling and intelligent dancers on the world stage’, has created a new work for the company. Cameron is interested in exploring the communication of the human experience and is inspired by movement’s potential to shape the way both the still and moving image is created. Italian choreographer and founder of contemporary dance company DNA, Elisa Pagani, is known for choreography that marries physicality, instinct and strength to explore the complexity of human relationships in their most primal state. Her new work completes the programme of new commissions which is directed by David Waring.

Transitions Dance Company offers audiences a chance to see the dance talent of the future. Showcasing elite, up-and-coming international dance talent it commissions world renowned choreographers to create new works on the nine company dancers each year. The dancers selected for Transitions combine their touring schedule with the completion of their MA in Dance Performance at Trinity Laban conservatoire.

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 38 years has inspired the creation of numerous graduate dance companies across the country.

H2DANCE comprises Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard. The company has taken up residencies at Dance4, METAL, Pavilion Dance, Dance East, DanceDigital, The Place, DansiT, SEANSE, Union Scene, Scenerommet, Nordic House Iceland, Devir CAPa (Centro de Artes Performativas do Algarve) Portugal, Taipei Artist Village Taiwan and Gaara Dance Foundation in Kenya. H2Dance are currently touring the UK and Europe with their immersive Strange & Others, intergenerational Staging Ages, and award-winning DUET.

Cameron McMillan’s international career has spanned contemporary dance, ballet and film, as well as working in the commercial dance sector. Classically trained at the Australian Ballet School, Cameron has danced as a Soloist for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet, and Rambert, and now primarily creates independent and commissioned work for companies, festivals and leading dance institutions including the Royal Opera House, The Place, Channel 4 Random Acts, and Brisbane Festival.

Elisa Pagani is the founder and Artistic Director of DNA. From 2012-2015 Elisa was Artistic Director of the contemporary dance department at the Accademia del Teatro dell’Antoniano in Bologna and is now Head of Contemporary Dance and Artistic Director of professional training programmes APP and APPSTAGE at Alamdanza Studios in Bologna. Her collaborations include working across Europe with Sasha Waltz and Guests at Radialsystem, Napoli Teatro Festival, and Florence Dance Festival. She has also worked as a workshop leader and guest choreographer with professional training programmes across Italy, including Opus Ballet, Opificio, Artemente, and Scenario Pubblico.

David Waring (Artistic Director) – David has performed and choreographed with a range of artists including Ricochet Dance Company, Motionhouse, Walker Dance, Adventures in Motion Pictures, The Featherstonehaughs and his group, fishpool (co-directed with Gaynor Coward). From 2000 to 2002, David was a participant and Assistant Director at Performing Arts Lab (PAL). Performance work between 2008 and 2010 includes Kate Brown’s and yet…, Athina Vahla’s Listening Post at the London Science Museum and his own solo hustler at the Capital Nights festival in Liverpool, supported by Merseyside Dance Initiative and Homotopia. He also choreographed for the launch of the new Fiat 500 in 2008. Continuing the series, hustler #2(a guerrilla dance performance in an urban environment, choreographed and performed with Melodie Gonzales and 21 other couples) premiered in Big Dance 2010, supported by Greenwich Dance and was also part of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2011.

Tour dates

The Space, Dundee – Fri 21 Feb (19.30) –  www.dundee.com

Dance House, Cardiff – Sat 29 Feb (15.00 & 19.30)  – https://dancehouse.wales

Waterside, Trafford – Tue 3 Mar, 19.30 – watersidearts.org

Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe – Fri 13 Mar, 19.30 – www.theatresonline.com

Buxton Opera House, Buxton – Wed 18 Mar, 19.30 – buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Perth Theatre, Perth – Wed 25 Mar, 19.30 – www.horsecross.co.uk

Studio Theatre, University of Chichester – Fri 24 Apr, 18.30

DAMSLab/Teatro University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy – Mon 27 Apr, 21.00  for information click here

The Swan Theatre, Worcester – 14 May, 19.30

Athens Conservatoire, Athens, Greece – Wed 20 May, 20.30

Laban Theatre, London – Thu 4, Fri 5, Sat 6 Jun, 19.30 and for more information click here.

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