£10 restricted view tickets released for Chunky Move

This weekend we see Ether Festival 2012 out in style with two nights of Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine. It’s very nearly sold out so we’ve released some restricted view seats for only £10. Call 0844 847 9910 or visit the box office to book. (Not available online)

Here’s what the press are saying:

‘Mortal Engine is an undeniably thrilling work, extraordinary to look at and exciting in its sense of possibility.’ (The Guardian)

‘If the technology was impressive, the flesh and blood dancers were outstanding.’ (The Herald, Edinburgh)

‘There are many words you could use to describe Mortal Engine, but perhaps the most fitting is a simple “WOW”.’ (The Scotsman, Edinburgh)

‘Mesmerising.’ (The New York Times)

Catch Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall this weekend on 19 & 20 October. Click here for more info or to book restricted view tickets call 0844 847 9910.

Watch the trailer: Chunky Move – dance / video / lasers

Chunky Move’s Mortal Engine is a dance-video-laser performance using movement-responsive video projections to portray an ever-shifting, shimmering world in which the limits of the human body are an illusion. It features specially composed music by Ben Frost, one of the most thrillingly visceral musicians working today, whose collaborations range from Wayne McGregor/Random Dance to Bjork and Brian Eno.

Working in unison with a video tracking system, lasers follow and ‘play with’ the movement of the six dancers. Frieder Weiss’ unique software makes it possible for instruments and bodies that generate light, video, sound and movement to respond to each other in real time.

Mortal Engine has no pre-rendered video, light or laser images – the production flexes according to the rhythm of the performers.

Under the artistic leadership of Gideon Obarzanek, this show from Chunky Move, one of Australia’s pre-eminent dance companies, has toured to Mexico, Germany, Spain, the USA and was a highlight of the 2008 Edinburgh International Festival, receiving an ‘Honourable Mention – Hybrid Art’ at the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica – widely regarded as the most important international award for creativity and pioneering spirit in the field of digital media. It was also awarded Best Visual/Physical Theatre Production at Australia’s Helpmann Awards.


Catch Chunky Move at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on 19 & 20 October as part of Ether 2012. Get tickets here. 

Watch our new Danza Preparata video

What do you get if you combine acclaimed choreographer Rui Horta, John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano and a performing cat called Mia? Take a look and find out!

Catch Danza Preparata with choreography by Rui Horta and music by John Cage, as part of Ether 2012 at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 16 September. Get tickets here. 

Lauren Laverne talks to choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham

BBC 6 Music broadcaster Lauren Laverne presents a new six-part series of podcasts focusing on the arts, culture and entertainment and capturing a rich summer of events around London’s 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad for The Space.

In the fourth edition, choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham talks about the Ménage à Trois show at Southbank Centre. Click on the image below to listen.


Catch Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 8 September as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here

Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois in photos

Ménage à Trois, credit Sven Hagolani

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Ménage à Trois, credit Peter Dibdin

Catch Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Saturday 8 September as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here.

Quick questions with Candoco Dance Company!

Ahead of tonight’s performance from Candoco Dance Campany, we caught up with some of the dancers and choreographer Claire Cunningham in between rehearsals!

Marc Brew's piece Parallel lines

What do you fear the most?
Choreographer Claire Cunningham: Regret
Dancer Mirjam Gurtner: Loneliness
Dancer Susanna Recchia: Death
Dancer Dan Daw: Heights
Dancer Kostas: Losing someone

What – or where – is perfection?
Artistic Director Stine: Snowcrystals

Who is your favourite hero from fiction (book/comic/film/opera)?
Dancer Susanna: Iron Man
Dancer Dan: Popeye

Tell us about a special memory you have of Southbank Centre?
Choreographer Claire: Nigel Charnock filling the Clore Ballroom and Royal Festival Hall Foyer with people dancing along to Jackson Five!
Dancer Mirjam: Candoco’s last Queen Elizabeth Hall show, Turning 20
Dancer Dan: Fabulous bouquets of flowers at Candoco’s last show
Dancer Susana: Improvised performance

If you could programme your ideal Southbank Centre show, which artists (living or dead) would you bring together?
Choreographer Claire : Jerome Bel and me(!)
Dancer Dan: Pina Bausch, Mat Fraser and Caroline Bowditch

What is the most played piece of music on your MP3 player or in your CD collection?
Dancer Mirjam: Viva la Vida by Coldplay
Dancer Dan: Shirley bassey
Dancer Susanna: Wildest Moment by Jessie Ware
Dancer Kostas: The speaking Hand by Wowed Hand

Aside from your own shows, what other Unlimited events are you most looking forward to?
Candoco: of course Claire Cunningham’s Ménage à Trois featuring ex-Candoco dancer Chris Owen and The Impending Storm featuring ex-Candoco dancer David Toole.

Catch Candoco Dance Company tonight at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited festival. Get tickets here. 

Marc Brew’s Parallel Lines – Candoco Unlimited

It’s only one day until Candoco return to Southbank Centre! This time with a double bill from Claire Cunningham and Marc Brew. After Marc’s wildly successful Fusional Fragments last week, this is your chance to see more of his work at Southbank Centre. Here’s a sneak peak!

Catch Marc Brew’s Parallel Lines as part of Candoco Unlimited at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Thursday 6 September. Get tickets here.