Dancer-led collaboration features a trio of world premieres
HeadSpaceDance debut in the ROH’s Linbury Theatre with a diverse programme of new work.
A collection of celebrated choreographers and dancers have joined forces to create a dynamic programme of solos, duets and trios entitled Three & Four Quarters.
The programme is the debut of fledgling dance company HeadSpaceDance. The company, which brings together producer-performers to create original new work, is the brainchild of long-term collaborators Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill.
“Usually it’s the choreographer that picks the dancers,” Charlotte explained, “but because we’ve been working in dance for a long time, we’ve established relationships with a lot of choreographers. We thought that perhaps we could reverse the roles so that the dancers get to choose the choreographers.”
The show, danced by Charlotte and Christopher alongside fellow dance artist Clemmie Sveaas, features new pieces by choreographers Javier de Frutos, Luca Silvestrini and Didy Veldman, as well as the UK premiere of Mats Ek’s Light Beings, which was first performed in Sweden in 1991.
Maverick choreographer Javier De Frutos recently collaborated with pop legends Pet Shop Boys for the award-winning The Most Incredible Thing, in which Charlotte, Christopher and Clemmie all performed. In stark contrast, his latest work sees Javier opting to set his piece, Studies in M, to a concerto by Johann Sebastian Bach.
The four-piece bill features a diverse range of dance, from theatrical cabaret sequences to contemporary twists on ballet. View some of shots of the dancers in rehearsal:
For each piece, the dancers gave the choreographers a basic brief, and then worked closely with each to develop the piece.
“It has been very much a joint process,” said Christopher. “The three new works have really been drawn from us. For example, Didy asked us to write down a five-minute stream-of-consciousness blurb of whatever thoughts or stresses we had, and created solos for each of us based on that text.”
Watch the trailer:
The entire production team - from set designer Fabrice Serafino to lighting specialist Simon Bennison – have all worked with Charlotte, Christopher or Clemmie previously.
Christopher and Charlotte previously performed at the Royal Opera House in Cathy Marston’s Ghosts, which premiered in 2006, and William Tuckett’s Pinocchio. View photos of these productions
Three & Four Quarters will have its world premiere on Friday 7 September at the Linbury Studio Theatre and runs until Tuesday 11 September. Tickets are now on sale.