Impermanence have started working with the Bristol Old Vic to curate a regular programme of dance from some of the most exciting local, national and international artists they know --- for your pleasure and intrigue. The dance here dares to collaborate with rock & roll, robotics and the visual arts to explore amongst others, ideas around gender, time and the colour blue. Join us for a celebration of physicality and audacity in the brand new Weston Studio Theatre for a call to expressionism and wonder.
15, 16, 17, 18, & 19 January
25 February, 25 March, 15th April.
All event listings and booking info here:
15th Jan 2019:Laila Diallo,Bandi Meszerics, Tom Thom.
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Laila Diallo: In This Moment
I sat still until the stillness filled with movement.
I went in search of a furious dance.
I tried to weave past and future in the moment.
Canadian-born, Bristol-based dance maker Laila Diallo presents In This Moment. She draws on and transforms materials fromCountless Yellow Chairs, a recent work created and performed with composer Jules Maxwell and many of the yellow chairs that once belonged in the Bristol Old Vic Studio Theatre. This solo speaks of change, of remembering and forgetting, and of our experience of time passing.
'... [The work] resonates with a sense of presence and immediacy, of being in the here and now and experiencing something sublime but also connected to history, the past and how we can rethink our relationship to the world.' Alex Wren, Buzz Magazinewww.lailadiallo.com
Bandi Meszerics: Ways of the Blue
“Suppose I were to begin by saying that I had fallen in love with a color… as if falling under a spell, a spell I fought to stay under and get out from under, in turns.”
I came to think that blue is a very important colour to our time. Blue has a history and a story to tell, which I am - we are a part of. Through the conscious use of and the subconscious invitation of dance, music and poetry, I attempt to tell the audience about blue in this private language that’s been growing between me and the colour, bridging the universal messages from the depth of the personal, and in that depth I find a trust that is beyond hope, a soft, mundane importance that might just be felt in the right time. Just let me let this blue talk.
Tom Thom have been doing things together for a while. Walking. Dancing. Holding. Hugging. They began spaced far apart from each other and spend a long time trying to find each other. They are doing this and they will continue to do this.
16th Jan 2019:Jane Mason
Jane Mason with David Williams: Night Flying
Drawing on ideas related to deep time, the night sky and landscapes of being, Jane Mason and her long-time collaborator David Williams explore a constellation of associations related to memory, change, wonder, scale and materiality’s imagination.
‘Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. …On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you have ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering… every ‘superstar’, every ‘supreme leader’, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam’. Carl Sagan
Devised and performed by Jane Mason and David Williams
Lighting: Mark Parry
Dramaturgical support: Luke Pell, Paul Carter
Design consultant: Sophia Clist
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Supported also by Exeter Phoenix (Associate Artist), Dance4, The Point, Pavilion Dance South West, Kaleider (Resident), Studio Wayne McGregor, Mark Bruce Company, South East Dance and Dance in Devon
17th Jan 2019:pink suits
Pink Suits: Political Child
Pink suits are a Poli-Rock (aggressive/genderfuck/political rock) duo creating live performance crossing the genres of music, dance, theatre, and film. Political Child is their first full-length work exploring fantasy, sexuality and gender identity. It is their late-onset teen angst rebellion against binary gender expectations.
Political Child is pink suits debut album to be launched later this year; the show contains music from the album in a performance experiment that blurs the line between a live music gig and a dance theatre show. It is an exploration of the gendered body, how we are viewed as male and female, how we are the same, how we are different, physically, socially and emotionally.
Pink suits current work is made with support from PanicLab Ltd, Camden People’s Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Margate Arts Club, Tom Thumb Theatre Margate, Cliffs Cafe Margate and is funded by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
18th Jan 2019:
Impermanence, Corali, Tom Marshman
Impermanence, Corali, Tom Marshman
Impermanence will present a series of new works by company members Josh Ben-Tovim, Roseanna Anderson & Alessandro Marzotto alongside two accomplished and beautiful pieces by Corali, leaders in dance by artists with a learning disability. The evening will be compered by Bristol performance-art-throb and darling Tom Marshman, who will also present a short piece.
An evening of bite sized performances from a diverse range of wonderful artists, with inspiration ranging from Merce Cunningham, Pedro Almodovar and Kenneth Williams, this will be a selection box of new ideas, extraordinary dance and hilarious musings.
"Marshman's imagination is magnetic"
"I love Corali, they're one of my favourite companies."
Donald Hutera, Dance Critic, The Times.
"Impermanence are a throbbing cult of pleasure"
Writing about dance
19th Jan 2019:Jean Abreu
Jean Abreu: Solo for Two
British-Brazilian choreographer Jean Abreu has now spent half his life in Brazil and the other half in Britain. Solo for Two is the second production in a trilogy where he explores human identity, formed in-between different cultures and dance languages. Two dancers are caught in a struggle to find their place in the world. A little robot called ‘Macheba’ both interacts and observes the dancers, mirroring and absorbing our human identities.
***The Ballet of the nations***
A film by Impermanence...
23rd JAN - Colchester Arts Centre
24th Jan - Bristol Cathedral
25th Jan - Laban Theatre, London
25th FEB 2019: Figs in wigs
Figs in Wigs: Often Onstage
Figs in Wigs are often onstage but how did we get here and how do we leave?
Often Onstage is an offbeat facetious romp that explores the ins and outs of theatre through the medium of dance. Expect nods to the new, bows to the bard, blood baths and drag kings. With one step forward and two hundred steps back, this choreographic exercise in comings and goings gleefully disrupts traditional theatrical conventions.. unearthing dormant anxieties about life choices along the way.
What if the only thing keeping you going are inspirational quotes and a subsidised income from your side project as a Backstreet Boys tribute act? It’s only a matter of time before we sell out, and we don’t mean tickets…
25th Mar 2019: Israel aloni
Israel Aloni: MY BODY MY NATION
Choreography & performance: Israel Aloni
Dramaturgy: Keren Rosenberg
My Body My Nation looks at the correspondence between the self and the body.
It is a one person, multidisciplinary performative act, where the of ownership over the physical body will be examined from social, political and ethical standpoints.
In the era of campaigns such as #metoo and black lives matter Aloni would like to interrogate the archeological and anthropological identities of our physical body. By exposing and sharing autobiographical elements from Aloni’s life and drawing on current political and social phenomenas, My Body My Nation attempts to decolonize the body from the cultures and manners that have been imposed on it.
"You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind." - Mahatma Gandhi
My Body My Nation was created in creative residencies in The Netherlands, Denmark and Australia.
15th apr 2019: Crystal zilwood, the house of strays
Crystal Zillwood: Evolutio & These Hands
Evolutio is a 15 minutes solo which zooms out and looks at a distant our history and considers where we humans are right now and were we are potentially heading to.
These Hands is inspired by observations of those working on the land and working with machines on a dairy farm in mid-Devon.
The audience will hear the voice of June Palfrey and Dennis Palfrey throughout the performance. June is 78 and has farmed on Morebath dairy farm for 65 years. You will also hear the voice of Dennis Palfrey who was born, raised and has lived on Morebath for 70 years.
‘These Hands’ is a celebration of the everyday, set to recordings of those who work the land, considering their history in my body, as well as the craft and work that goes into the creation of this piece.
“Exceptionally well observed piece” Wayne Mcgregor - Choreographer
“Zillwood conjures worlds out of thin air.. revelatory solo” Donald Hutera, The Times.
“An undemonstrative but highly articulate performer, Zillwood manages to suggest an expansive vision within a miniature work.” Sanjoy Roy, The Guardian.
The House of Strays: Verses
25th apr 2019: Impermanence - BAAL
BAAL is Bertolt Brecht’s first play, written in 1918 upon his return from war.
We move between town and forest, life and death, disgust and empathy. Searching for freedom in expression and extremity of experience with disdain for mediocrity; BAAL is our anti-hero and the world is there to be consumed – but at what cost?
Set to a soundtrack by Robert Bentall of original Nyckelharpa compositions (a traditional Swedish folk instrument), a sampled recording of Sibelius’s Violin Concerto from 1943 in Berlin, and a few borrowed pieces of music, Bristol-based Impermanence present the first ever dance adaptation of a Brecht play, with costumes by the inimitable Pam Tait.