Exposure:Dance 2012 at the Royal Opera House
We take a look at four of the acts involved in this year's Exposure:Dance.
Exposure: Dance (23-25 February) offers the chance to see a range of exciting contemporary work in a programme of short pieces from emerging choreographers. Levantes Dance Theatre provide pre-show entertainment with Canapé Dances in the Linbury Theatre foyer from 7pm and there’s a chance to meet the choreographers, dancers and collaborators afterwards to chat about their work over a drink.
Ahead of this year’s event, we profile a selection of the highlights:
Jorge Crecis will recreate his dance-sport piece 36 for Exposure:Dance. In the piece, collectively the dancers will cover 12 kilometres – the equivalent of 30 times around the Olympic running track; a bottle is thrown on average every 0.81 seconds, pushing the dancer’s awareness to the limits and the force of each bottle throw is equivalent to throwing a hammer!
Alexander Whitley of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance will be premiering a new commission. He was nominated for a Critics’ Circle Dance Award 2012 in the category of Outstanding Modern Male Performer for his performances in Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s FAR and Entity. Alexander recently spoke to GQ Magazine about the future of contemporary dance, revealing his passion for combining dance and digital arts and his plans for producing a 3D film.
Ilona Jäntti will be bringing a touch of the circus to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a premiere of new aerial solo accompanied by live cello. Since studying choreography at Laban Dance Centre, Ilona has collaborated with venues and companies including Shakespeare’s Globe, the Darwin Centre of the Natural History Museum and The Place. Her work, described by The Stage as ‘calm beauty’, is not to be missed.
Gary Clarke‘s 2 Men and a Michael will also be performed, using simple gestures and actions to create a dead pan send up of the likes of Morecambe & Wise. A droll work, which would fit just as well into a comedy night as programme of contemporary dance, 2 Men... will provide a humorous counterpoint to the evening’s other performances.