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World Premiere of South African and UK Collaboration

Pushing the boundaries of integrated dance is very much the theme of this World Premiere of The Impending Storm.  Bringing together acclaimed UK dancers David Toole and Lucy Hind with Remix, South Africa’s only professional disabled and non-disabled dance company, this  unique collaboration created with artist Mark Storor, is an exploration of the personal and the political. It runs for two nights only as part of IDFB 2012 at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome on Tuesday May 1st and Wednesday 2nd.

Weaving music, songs and the spoken word together with dance, this ground-breaking production takes an explosive and emotional look at the stories we tell and the stories that we are. UK musician Dom Coyote in collaboration with South African singer Sandile Gontsana, provide a passionate, spoken text and evocative sung score that seamlessly cross both geographic and cultural continents.  Describing the work Mark  Storor said: “The roots of the piece are the artists’ true stories.  Sharing their experiences in order to communicate better, has led to an emotionally raw, fragile piece, with a beating heart that is strong and true. It has a poetics all of its own.”

UK Dancers David Toole and Lucy Hind collaborated on a piece called Extra-Ordinary, which toured to South Africa in the summer of 2010. It is there that they  met South African integrated dance company Remix and decided to apply for funding for a collaborative project through  Unlimited*. The UK team went out to Cape Town to work with the company in Sept-Oct 2011. They worked together for six weeks, with four different choreographers each leading one week of choreographic and creative research. This culminated in a work-in-progress showing as part of Baxter Dance Festival at Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Following this research phase, David and Lucy chose one of the four choreographers to continue the project into the second UK phase. This was artist Mark Storor and the second phase will see the Remix dancers rehearse in Birmingham this April to continue working with the UK team – culminating in these two UK performances of The Impending Storm as part of IDFB 2012.

David Toole is an outstanding and inspiring dancer, who was born without legs. He is also an actor and workshop leader. He is perhaps best known for his work with dance company DV8 and his role in their acclaimed film Cost of Living. David has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Slung Low and Graeae Theatre Companies.  In 2011, David won the coveted Dance Award at the Ability Media International Awards.

“This project has been an amazing opportunity to work with a really talented and generous group of people”, says Toole.” “People who have helped rekindle my love of dance.”

Mark Storor is an award winning artist who works in the space between live art and theatre. His work is devised, often site specific and always collaborative. His current project, A Tender Subject, a commission for Artangel with men in prisons, is currently running in London. Other recent work includes For The Best and The Fat Girl Gets A Haircut which won rave reviews when it ran at London’s Roundhouse theatre.

 

Lucy Hind trained at Rhodes University, South Africa and was a member of First Physical Theatre Company. Today she works as a performer and movement director. Lucy is a member of the award winning Slung Low  theatre company. She is also is a Selector for the International Student Drama Festival.

Remix Dance Project was founded in 2000 in South Africa and is an acclaimed contemporary dance initiative which brings together performers with physical disabilities and performers without. It is interested in exploring dance that values the honesty of the body and then surprisingly twists these tales  and stories in space to create dance performances of unusual and outstanding perspective.  Wherever possible, Remix seeks to bring awareness and recognition to the expressive potential of the body.

Malcolm Black – Artistic Director of Remix – says, “Working with David Toole and Lucy Hind through DanceXchange, it feels like we have the chance to go back to the route and the origin of dance.  Our work is all about collaboration, and this is an amazing collaborative experience. “

*The Impending Storm has been commissioned by the Unlimited programme, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Unlimited encourages collaborations and partnerships between disability arts organisations, disabled and deaf artists, producers and mainstream organisations to celebrate the inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to create original and exciting works. Twenty-nine Unlimited Commissions have been awarded. Unlimited is principally funded by the National Lottery through the Olympic Lottery Distributor and is delivered in partnership between London 2012, Arts Council England, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

Remix is supported by Youngblood Arts Development and the project has received support from the Joyce Carr Doughty Charitable Trust.

As part of this collaboration, dancers from  Remix will work with an integrated group of Birmingham based students from several schools (both SEN and mainstream) to create a piece of work to be performed live on stage before the second performance of The Impending Storm on May 2nd.

www.idfb.co.uk/impendingstorm

Contact: Pippa Whittaker

Press Manager, IDFB 2012

T: 0121 689 1082

M: 07521 481330

pippa.whittaker@danceXchange.org.uk

Rachel Furst

Freelance PR, IDFB 2012

T: 07957 457668

Rachel.furst@virgin.net