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Wilton’s announce full line-up for three day dance festival

Wiltons Strike Dance FestivalWilton’s Music Hall is very proud to announce the full line-up for its exciting new dance festival, Wilton’s Strike!, a new dance platform offering emerging dancers and choreographers the opportunity to develop a piece of work with Wilton’s and perform on its historic stage this September.

Wilton’s Strike! was conceived as a showcase for new work and talent and is being developed in The Chrysalis Club at Wilton’s. The Chrysalis Club represents a diverse and innovative programme of events taking placing in Wilton’s while work is going on to finally repair all the derelict spaces. This work is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The festival will present a selection of styles and original concepts under the theme of metamorphosis and will be the perfect chance to witness the stars of tomorrow in an intimate setting at no cost.

Critics are invited to attend and review all performances, which will be live-streamed to expose the work to as broad an audience as possible.

The artists performing will be:

Rebecca Evans (Pell Ensemble) and Lorenza Lo (Flock Collective)
Hiding in Plain Sight (working title)
This contemporary piece looks at how modern society is undergoing a metamorphosis in communication through the use of texting and how this new way of interacting is modifying our verbal and physical language and the effect it has on our human stories.

Dane Hurst
Finding Freedom (working title)
Dane Hurst has an attraction to dramatic works driven by a strong narrative which he translates into beautiful contemporary choreography. This piece is inspired by the narrative of American death row inmate, Jarvis Jay Masters, and his metamorphosis from darkness and isolation to enlightened peace.

Ieva Kuniskis
They Live Next Door (working title)
Ieva Kuniskis creates theatrical dance pieces rooted In Lithuanian theatre, folklore and everyday experiences. Her piece explores the story of an older man embodying and pushing the boundaries of social stereotypes until he morphs into the most extreme and disgraceful form of himself.

Elise Nuding
Shift, Spin, Warp, Twine (working title)
Elise Nuding will use contemporary ropework to demonstrate peoples quests to simplify their complex and entangling lives.

Jo Meredith in collaboration with Sean Damian Bruno
The Metamorphosis of Perception: “Please wait whilst we try to connect you…” (working title)
Using text, dance and music, Jo Meredith and Sean Damian, examine how technology is metamorphosing humans from sensual to virtual beings and evolving our personal relationships.

Jack Webb
Inside Opulence (working title)
Exploring the connections between animal and human nature, Jack Webb’s contemporary piece investigates the desire to be seen and fighting for survival in the setting of a modern day Vaudeville show.

Hundreds of applicants applied to be part of Wilton’s Strike! These successful applicants now have the chance to follow in the footsteps of an illustrious group of dancers and choreographers with whom Wilton’s has worked including the Mark Bruce Company whose Dracula won the 2014 Southbank Sky Arts Award for Dance. Applications were free of charge and open to any style, genre or age, the only restriction was that work had to be entirely new. The choreographers will now receive a £1,500 fee to help develop their work to performance level, rehearsal time at Wilton’s and mentoring from experienced choreographers and Wilton’s Artistic Team.

Crowd Funding Campaign
To support this event, Wilton’s Music Hall successfully raised funds through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. Donors contributed online and unlocked perks such as signed posters and shoutouts in order to reach the goal of £2,500 for a new dance floor.

Listing Information:
Box Office: 02077022789
Address: Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley off Ensign St, E1 8JB.
Dates: 25th- 27th September 2014
Location: The main auditorium
Twitter: @wiltonmusichall
Facebook: facebook.com/wiltonsmusichall
Instagram: @wiltonsmusichall
Tickets: Bookings will open in August, this event is free of charge.


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