Autumn 2016, award-winning choreographer Jasmin Vardimon will create a brand new adaptation of the classic fairy tale, Pinocchio. Based on the original book by Collodi and performed by Jasmin Vardimon’s multi-talented dancers, Pinocchio will bring to life the famous marionette as he embarks on a fantastic journey to become a human boy.
Showcasing Vardimon’s uniquely theatrical choreographic and directorial style, Pinocchio will combine physical theatre, quirky characterisation, innovative technologies, text and dance to examine the idea of what it means to be human.
With insightful humour, engaging drama and an acute observation of behaviour, Pinocchio will take audiences on a wonderful journey of discovery through the parameters of this timeless and beloved fable.
Pinocchio’s first public performance will launch Kent’s International Family Festival bOing! on 27 August. The national tour begins on 29 September at Dance City in Newcastle Upon Tyne with a run at Sadlers Wells in October
Jasmin Vardimon will also be choreographing The Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s forthcoming production of Wagner’s Tannhäuser which opens in April
Jasmin Vardimon says: “I find unique curiosity in re-discovering this original 1883 classic tale. Going back to the original Collodi’s novel allow us to critically examine the assumptions of ourselves and others about what it means to be human.”
A leading force in British dance theatre for nearly twenty years, Jasmin Vardimon has built a reputation for challenging, exciting and visually stunning dance and continues to add to the body of critically acclaimed, artistically respected yet accessible work both for the company she formed in 1997 and for some of the leading dance companies across the world. Born and raised in Israel, she has been an Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells since 2006, Jasmin has also been recognised with the positions of Associate Artist at The Place in 1998 and at Yorkshire Dance as a Partner from 1999 – 2005. Last year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from The Royal Holloway University.
Enjoying sell-out performances across the UK and internationally, Jasmin Vardimon Company’s works include: Freedom (‘Breathtaking, mesmerizing and frequently thought provoking’ – South Wales Echo), 7734 (‘Theatrical gold. Piercingly powerful’ – Daily Telegraph) Yesterday (‘Beautiful. A deft theatrical touch’ – The Observer), Justitia (‘Terrific – stylishly designed, vividly played’ -The Guardian), Park (‘Extraordinary… sexy and beautiful’- New Statesman), Lullaby (‘Dangerous and beautiful impassioned and remarkable’ – Daily Mail). In 2015 Jasmin Vardimon Company collaborated with The Turner Contemporary in Margate and the architect Ron Arad and artist Guy Bar-Amotz on the critically acclaimed immersive performance Maze ”A sense of magic“ – The Guardian.)
JASMIN VARDIMON COMPANY
The World Premiere of
Directed and choreographed by
Based on the novel by Carlo Collodi
27 – 28 AUGUST – CANTERBURY – GULBENKIAN
as part of bOing
30 SEPTEMBER- 1st OCTOBER – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – DANCE CITY
8 OCTOBER – ABERDEEN – HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE
11 OCTOBER – YEOVIL – OCTAGON
13 – 14 OCTOBER – WINCHESTER – THEATRE ROYAL
19 – 21 OCTOBER – EXETER – NORTHCOTT THEATRE
24 – 25 OCTOBER – LONDON – SADLER’ WELLS
29 OCTOBER – SHREWSBURY – THEATRE SEVERN
8 – 9 NOVEMBER – CAMBRIDGE – JUNCTION
17 NOVEMBER – LINCOLN – PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE
14 – 18 DECEMBER – IPSWICH –DANCE EAST