Dance, hip hop and new writing — join us online for a special programme of dynamic performances from across the UK
Next up is Corey Baker's Antarctica: The First Dance WATCH NOW
We're excited to announce a spring season of performances from UK theatre and dance companies, in partnership with The Space, Black Theatre Live and Pilot Theatre. Join us online from 20 March to 6 June, wherever you are, to experience the thrilling range of contemporary performing arts that the UK has to offer. Performances with spoken word will be subtitled in English. Check out our programme below and add the dates to your diaries. We'll be announcing more shows soon, so check back here or follow us on Twitter for updates.
Akademi The Troth
20 March – 19 April
A gripping wartime story of love and loss, told through powerful dance theatre
Photo: Simon Richardson
Inspired by the classic Hindi short story Usne Kaha Tha (written in 1915 by Chandradhar Sharma Guleri), the action moves from the intense life and colour of rural India to the horrific darkness of the trenches in Belgium where young Indian men have been brought to fight for the Allied Forces. As the drama unfolds, we learn about the secret promise made by one soldier, Lehna Singh, as he makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.
Marking the centenary of World War I, award-winning choreographer Gary Clarke unfolds the poignant narrative through contemporary dance, music and film. The show features a specially commissioned music score by Shri Sriram and a cast including Vidya Patel (BBC Young Dancer 2015 finalist).
Join the conversation online: #TheTroth2018
Supported by Arts Council England and British Council’s Re-imagine India cultural exchange programme, this international project is a collaboration between creatives from the UK and India. It toured both countries from January to March 2018 as part of the UK-India Year of Culture.
Corey Baker Antarctica: The First Dance
22 April – 27 April
A world first
Photo: Jacob Bryan
Filmed in temperatures ranging from -2.4 to -16°C over 12 demanding days on the ice, The First Dance is the first ever dance film on the world's last great wilderness.
Created and directed by the award-winning New Zealand born choreographer Corey Baker, and performed by Royal New Zealand Ballet's Madeleine Graham, the film takes you across the ethereal southern continent to a soundscape by London Grammar.
The film premieres on Earth Day, 22 April 2018, an annual celebration of the world's ecology that campaigns for environmental protection. Baker was compelled by climate justice and a boyhood fascination for Antarctica to create the film — which has been two years in the planning. Baker's ambition is to use the drama and beautify of the film to highlight the predicament of Antarctica, and the world, if climate change is left unchecked.
Join the conversation online: #AntarcticaDance
Black Theatre Live with Yellow Earth Theatre in association with Royal Exchange Theatre presents
MOUNTAINS: The Dream of Lily Kwok
I invited you into my past... And you invited me into your future
Helen has grown up in the UK, but always felt a piece of her story was missing.
Visiting her mother's birthplace of Hong Kong for the first time, she is determined to find out who she really is and where she belongs. Amidst the skyscrapers and bustling streets, she meets her grandmother, Lily Kwok, and steps into her past where she discovers shocking family secrets that will change her life forever.
This stylish and evocative new play by award winning writer In-Sook Chappell, tells the extraordinary story of the women behind the famous Manchester restaurant Sweet Mandarin. Based on Helen Tse’s bestselling family memoir of passion, sacrifice and survival across three generations held together with one lifeline — food.
Mountains will be broadcast live from Derby Theatre on 10 May and available to watch here until 18 May.
Join the conversation online: #MOUNTAINStheplay
Avant Garde Dance Fagin's Twist
24 May – 6 June
A tale you think you know unravels and explodes...
Avant Garde Dance flips a familiar story on its head and take you deep into dark Dickensian London. Here we meet Fagin, a notorious, complex and perhaps misunderstood villain.
Exploring his character through beautifully textured duets and high energy group choreography, the show imagines the untold story of Fagin's youth, driven by greed and ambition in the face of overwhelming poverty. This contemporary reimagining of Charles Dickens’s Oliver Twist brings together hip hop, dance, theatre and a fresh take on your favourite characters. The streets are harsh, there’s no easy redemption, and there is no fairy tale ending.
Join us from 24 May for a powerhouse performance filmed at Zoo Southside during Avant Garde Dance’s critically acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2017. Supported by The Place, these performances were part of the British Council’s Edinburgh Showcase. 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Showcase – our platform of outstanding contemporary UK performance for an audience of international promoters – and, as part of our birthday celebrations, we're sharing this dynamic performance with the world.
Join the conversation online: #FaginsTwist
Fagin’s Twist is co-produced by The Place and commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance East and The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.