Autumn Dance Season Announced

Our new season of contemporary dance goes onsale today!

The season starts with Jerwood Award-winning Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu with Inside – his eagerly anticipated new work inspired by the effect incarceration has on the body. Powerful and raw, it explores violence,  solitude and hope within prison walls. Also accompanying the dancers live on stage for the only date in the tour are post-rock band 65daysofstatic. Not to be missed!

Jean Abreu Dance with 65daysofstatic, 21 September. Get tickets here.

Then we see the return of ADAD’s Bloom Festival with the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora. Exploring and celebrating dance of the African Diaspora, this three day-long festival featuring performances, workshops, film and talks. The highlight is a Mixed Bill from some of the leading African dance artists from around the world including the London premiere of Norway-based African and Caribbean company, Tabanka Crew,  stars of Norway’s Got Talent.

ADAD Bloom Festival Mixed Bill, 24 & 25 September. Get tickets here. 

And returning to Southbank Centre in the autumn is the UK’s premier contemporary dance festivel, Dance Umbrella. One of the hot tickets this year is Armitage Gone! Dance on 11 & 12 October. Not seen in London since 1985, 80s wild child Karole Armitage returns to the festival with the revival of a classic from the punk era and a new work. Striking, elegant and dramatic, Two Theories: Quantum & String is performed by the company of ten brilliant dancers, and explores the poetry underlying the pillars of 20th century theoretical physics.

Dance Umbrella at Southbank Centre, 9 – 15 October. See full listings and get tickets here.

Get to know… Choreographer Alain Buffard

What do you fear the most and why?
The stupidity of men, the brutality of the politic men, intolerance of the others.

Which mobile number do you call the most?
My husband

What – or where – is perfection?
Johann Sebastian Bach

 Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera) – and why?
Baron de Charlus in Proust’s Search of Lost Time, because he is a model for his eccentric mannerisms and he is a real dandy.

 What’s your favourite ritual?

 Which living person do you most admire (and why)?
They are all dead!

What other talent or skill would you like to possess?
Playing the piano and singing well

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Performing Parades & Changes last year

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring?
Kurt Weill

What’s your favourite website?
The French newspaper Liberation. I’m touring a lot that’s the only way to stay connected with my country.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
George Frideric Handel, Rodelinda: duetto ‘Io t’abbraccio’

Alain Buffard’s Tout va Bien is showing at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Sunday 22 May. Get tickets here

So you think you can dance? Get ready to make your mark on Southbank Centre’s Dance Atlas

Luca Silvestrini

Luca Silvestrini, Artistic Director of Protein Dance

In April we’ll be launching a brand new user-generated website to create a world map of dance! To make your mark and help us fill it, we want you to create your own signature dance move, video it, upload your vid and pinpoint where you’re from on our world map for everyone else to see.

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