Upcoming Dance At Theatre By The Lake


TBTL is delighted to welcome two of Britain’s finest dance companies to its Main House in February and March.

Bounding onto the stage first is internationally respected Phoenix Dance Theatre who will perform three exciting dance shows in one; Windrush: Movement of the People. They are closely followed by Charge, an electrifying new dance-circus show inspired by the role of electricity in the human body and presented by acclaimed dance company, Motionhouse.

In a major new work for 2018, Windrush: Movement of the People on Tue 20 February is a lively celebration of the rise of multiculturalism in Britain. The triple bill begins with a world premiere celebrating the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the SS Empire Windrush, which brought the first large numbers of Caribbean migrants to the UK and features an uplifting soundtrack from calypso, jazz and blues to ska, gospel and reggae.

Audiences will also experience the award-winning Calyx performance which delves into the themes of beauty and desire. Created by choreographer Sandrine Monin, it won Best Premiere in the 2017 Critics Choice Awards of Dance Europe Magazine. The final piece is a revival of much-loved drama Shadows by Christopher Bruce OBE. Considered so influential at the time of its creation, it is now studied as part of the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus in schools across the UK.

Theatregoers can expect astounding athleticism, energy and innovation from a dance company praise by the Guardian as ‘one of Britain’s most enduring dance institutions’, who mix the popular dance mainstream with the unexpected and unpredictable. Dance fans can follow the concert with a special post-show discussion with the opportunity to ask questions, share their views and meet the talented dancers themselves.

Exhilarating audiences next is brand new dance-circus show Charge on Wed 7 Marchwhich traces the incredible story of electrical energy flowing throughout the human body. In this exciting fusion of art and science, Motionhouse Dance Company (who broughtBroken to TBTL in 2015) have worked with partners from the University of Oxford to create a magical fusion of biology, dance and daring acrobatics which delves deep into the inner workings of the body.

Beginning with the first sparks of human life, the quirky show sees lab-coated scientist move to the rhythm of a beating heart and travel around the body including the brain where memories are made and stored and sometimes lost. Charge uses visually stunning digital projections, powerful narrative and incredible imagery to create tingling circus feats on stage which leave audiences gasping in delight.

The originally scored soundscape also adds much to this contemporary new work; both emotive and humorous with genres as wide as electrobeat to classical, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the impressive 5ft high set. The chemistry of both the male and female dancers is displayed in this beautifully choreographed work and will leave you raving about their truly unique performance.
Windrush: Movement of the People shows in the Main House on Tue 20 February at 7.30pm and Charge is performed in the Main House on Wed 7 March at 7.30pm. See theatrebythelake.com or call the Box Office on 017687 74411 for ticket prices and to book.

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