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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging

I Wonder…

by Sebastian Rex Dance Group (Sebastian Rex was awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)

Wednesday 6 May 2009 - Saturday 9 May 2009

The Divine Comedy

In The Divine Comedy we are faced with the afterlife, where man must re-judge his concepts of responsibility, trust and madness.

  • Costumes: Tom Wennerstrand
  • Dancers: Helen Brushett, Ella Knight, Filip Krenus, Ayanna Prevatt-Goldstein, Ted Sikström, Janine Streuli, Claire Suarez & Alex Wood

Just Don't

In Just Don't we enter a world where touch is forbidden, and we follow four couples’ journey into discovering if they can love each other without any physical contact.

  • Costumes: Evdokia Veropoulou
  • Dancers: Helen Brushett and Anne-Maarit Kinnernen; Filip Krenus and Claire Suarez; Ayanna Prevatt-Goldstein and Janine Streuli & Ted Sikström and Alex Wood.
  • Photographer: Tina Engstrom

Polyamour Me

Polyamour Me presents us with a sexually deviant world, where one person is never enough.

  • Dancers: Helen Brushett, Anne-Maarit Kinnernen, Ella Knight, Ted Sikström, Claire Suarez & Alex Wood


"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."

Blue Case


Thursday 16 April 2009 - Saturday 18 April 2009


Ink-Prince-Kampantoman Three solo pieces based on story-telling. Surreal-psychological stories are told by a recorded voice and interpreted by an abstract movement language.

  • Choreography text & performance: Angela Blumberg
  • Music: Augusto Monk


The essence of a relationship between two people is that passion evaporates and its imprint on both of them stays. ‘Essence’ is expressed by using contact improvisation & contemporary dance, and by drawing from dancers’ personalities.

  • Choreography: Anita van de Watering
  • Dancer: Aedin Walsh & Katherine Cooper
  • Music: Bob Peachy

I.Standing Woman Dressed in Black II.Seated Female Wearing Dark Dress III.Kneeling Woman in Underwear, Front View (2007)

"Body, Sound, and Image: moments of anticipation, imminence…at times with fear, at others with a sense of incapacity, impossibility…"

A haunting, intuitive and insightful solo, expressive of inner states, reminiscences and drawing from diverse influences of film and sound. The audience is drawn into and invited to witness the journey of the character on stage.

  • Choreography & Performance: Vanessa Abreu
  • Music: 'Tenacity' by Matthew Orange
  • Musicians: Maral Mohammadi (cello), Matthew Orange (bassoon) & Noura Sanatian (violin)
  • Text: Excerpts of Memorias com Mar by Francisco Fernandez.
  • Voices by Nuno Pires & Vanessa Abreu
  • Design: Vanessa Abreu & Andrej Gubanov


The Duchess of Malfi

by Lazarus Theatre Company

Tuesday 17 March 2009 - Saturday 4 April 2009

Lazarus presents John Webster’s gripping and powerful Jacobean tragedy in a production using movement, visual art and an original score. Re-imagined in 1940s England, this dark and passionate play follows the Duchess’s tragic spiral of reputation, love and ultimately death…

London 1939, on the eve of war.

The Duchess, a widow, finds love in the arms of her servant Antonio: their dangerous love affair is played out against the darkness of a world that forbids them to be together.

John Webster
Ricky Dukes
Heather Doole, Liam Welton & Ricky Dukes
Tim McFarland
Neal Craig, Claire Daly, Charlie Dupré, Rebecca Eve, James French, Charlotte Lamont, Natalie Lesser, Steven Rodgers, Daniel Rodrigues, James Ronan, David J Spence, Chris Waplington & Carrie Whitton


‘An eloquent and heartfelt depiction of a stately woman caught in a rich yet claustrophobic society which would see fit to trade her.’

The Soldier With No Name

Celebrating the lives of Claude Cahun & Marcel Moore

Tuesday 24 February 2009 - Saturday 14 March 2009

The Soldier With No Name is based on the story of French surrealists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore - two female artists in a male-dominated world - and their resistance campaign against the Nazis in occupied Jersey.

Told through puppetry, dance, physical theatre and storytelling, the piece explores our ideas of identity and the relationship between art and socio-political change.

The Winged Cranes was created by Alle Valle in 2007 to explore themes related to identity and the relationship between art and social political change through the use of puppetry and physical theatre. TWC wants to open borders in society, through the stories of people, places and time. It is an open company that wants to work on specific projects with other artists through collaboration and mutual understanding.

Alle Valle
Raquel Mateos, Dajana Trtanj & Alle Valle
Visual Designer
Hyper VJ
Jeni Roddy
Lighting Designer
Chris Lince
Sound Designer
Kelly Lovelady
Photographic Designer
Pilar Ferre


"Dynamic and wholehearted, this work succeeds in giving a sense of the playful inversion that was the cradle of surrealist performance and thought"

All Grown Up

By Rebecca Tortora
Wednesday 18 February 2009 - Saturday 14 March 2009

All Grown Up features paintings and drawings exploring the experience of getting older and what it means to be a grown up.




An evening of excerpts and short works-in-progress by London’s most exciting new artists.

Friday 20 February 2009


Tal Jakubowiczova

Spring is known to be the first season, but we all know it comes after winter. This physical piece shows a woman between hopes struggling her way to spring.


Aaron Paterson

Miss Havisham locks away her life and love in a house that is as grim and dismal as herself. Within this sanctuary and prison, Miss Havisham stagnates in memories as an eternal bride. In Havisham, Dickens’s heroine collides with her modern counterpart: Aaron Havisham. Aaron chains his love life to his untrustworthy laptop, which is as erratic and frustrated as himself. Taking sanctuary online, Aaron stagnates in cyber hopes and virtual dreams of every potential wedding. Justification for, and clarification of, the connection between adoration and isolation are sought and debated upon in the vocalised internal monologues of these two overlapping characters. Miss Havisham is a warning to a modern isolationist waiting to begin living life.

(In) Formalities

Silversmith Dance Theatre

Fanfares. Marches. Anthems. Speeches.

Combining innovatively expressive movement with live trumpet players - and a bunch of quirky characters - this comical piece explores formal events, and the aftermath of when nothing goes to plan!

I Am Nesia

Rosie Wilby

The 2006 Funny Women Finalist presents an excerpt from her 2008 Edinburgh Fringe show. This investigation into the human memory manages to combine spoof Greek mythology, games and beginner's neuroscience.

"A talented performer with a winning self-deprecating personality" Evening Standard

She's My Lady Bits

Sylvia Ferreira Dance Company

  • Director/Choreographer: Sylvia Dos Santos Ferreira
  • Dancers: Vanessa Abreu, Alex Hemsley, Rosie Pearman, Fiona Smith & Lorraine Smith
  • Costume: Seema Iqbal
  • Sound Designer: Dan Potter

An Ornery Tale

Shady Dolls

Fascinated with the grotesque, and employing a keen sense of the perverse, Shady Dolls conjure a world of distorted images: of femininity, of history, of lullabies and legends…

An Ornery Tale takes place both on and behind the stage of the kind of Victorian Music Hall which is rarely found today, and details the plight of sisters Minnie, Ruby and Constance Hately, who found fame and notoriety upon it.


The Sunflower and Behind Closed Doors

by Lamb|da and Lo Commotion

Thursday 11 December 2008 - Saturday 13 December 2008

The Sunflower

by Lamb|da

  • Choreographer: Clare Thurman
  • Poet: Nathan Thomas

The Sunflower is a duet between choreographer Clare Thurman and poet Nathan Thomas, weaving together fragments of intimate, personal narrative to explore what happens when two people try to communicate with each other. The piece seamlessly blends words and movement, creating a spellbinding meditation on the human conversation: absence and presence, closeness and distance, and everything in between.

Behind Closed Doors

by Lo Commotion

  • Choreographer: Jo Meredith
  • Cast: David Cameroni, Katherine Kingston, Caroline Lynn, Franscesco Mangiacasale, Jo Meredith, Ted Sikstrom

Set in the aftermath of World War Two during an engagement party, 'Behind Closed Doors' explores the relationship of two returning soldiers.

Lo Commotion's young and vibrant dancers perform this narrative work to the atmospheric and romantic music of Rachmaninoff, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern.

Post-performance discussion chaired by Sean Bruno


"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."

Soft Cuts


Short encounters with international contemporary artists: an evening of theatre, dance, music, art and physical theatre.

Thursday 4 December 2008 - Saturday 6 December 2008

Jane Spencer – Pseudological Fantastica

by Sarah Turner

  • Choreographer: Maria Korsnes
  • Performer: Rebecca Evans

This body of work is an attempt to isolate a moment of transcendence: that fleeting moment in time at which limitation is exceeded, and instinct becomes heroic impulse.

The process of adaptation; fitting in to different conditions or developing physical and behavioural characteristics in order to survive, does over time become a repeat pattern or a constant that becomes established. If this repeat pattern or constant is exhausted, an opening for transcendence can take place.

A moment of genuine transcendence can be rare and difficult to identify, quantify, and qualify. This body of work is a way of attempting to embody this intangible fleeting moment into an appropriate form.

Oh Baby

  • Choreographer: Hagit Yakira
  • Dancers: Takeshi Matsumoto & Hagit Yakira

A duet discussing the relationship between a man and a woman who are totally manipulated and influenced by love songs, love movies, love letters and love images in art…

(photo by Julia Burstein)


by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre

  • Choreographer: Etta Ermini
  • Performers: Chelsea Greene, Durassie Kiangangu, Ziggy Lowe-Vidal & Elena Molinaro

Stuck together in a tunnel, four very different people decide to open up to each other under the pretence of spatial intimacy to reveal the abyss of their emotions…


"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."

Toy Boy and Living With...

by Acting Like Mad

A thought-provoking evening that questions the things we know, and the things we'd rather not know.

Tuesday 11 November 2008 - Saturday 29 November 2008
Supported by
The Spiro Ark

ACTING LIKE MAD is a young, London-based theatre company, which seeks to challenge theatrical form and content. The themes present in their productions aim to explore dramatic writing and test their audiences' perceptions of theatre. They aim to seek new ways of channelling the skill of acting.

Toy Boy

In Toy Boy we enter a world of cynics who use and abuse; and those who obey. Can real love still grow in such a dog-eat-dog world?

Living With…

Living With… tells the story of a man forced to move into a new flat with three hedonistic beings who torture him and each other. Will he be able to overcome his demons and learn to live with them, or will they beat the life out of him?

Writer / Director
Sebastian Rex (Awarded a Peggy Ramsey Foundation grant in 2010)
Annalisa Andriani
Emma-Rachel Blackman, Ido Gonen, Ben Kettner, Stacey Lamb, Elizabeth Pinnock, Tom Radford, Elena Rossi


‘In a society where illusions often replace the essence of the human being, Toy Boy and Living With… are a challenge – they are down to earth, nitty gritty reality.’

Dr Samuel's Soothing Serum & (In) Formalities

by Silversmith Dance Theatre

A double-bill of new and exciting pieces of dance theatre combining innovatively expressive movement with live trumpet players - and a bunch of quirky characters!

Thursday 6 November 2008 - Saturday 8 November 2008

SILVERSMITH DANCE THEATRE produces innovative and accessible dance theatre through artistic collaborations. The company’s work focuses upon human themes and narratives of a dark comedic nature, merging different movement styles with the theatrical to create thought-provoking contemporary work.

Dr Samuel's Soothing Serum

  • Performers: Lianne Dixon, Danna Kolesarova, Chris Mead, Dusty Payne, Ianthe Wright
  • Choreography: Lorraine Smith & performers
  • Director: Lorraine Smith
  • Composer: Nico Bentley

(In) Formalities

  • Performers: Chris Mead, Dust Payne, Catherine Pinhorn, Fiona Smith
  • Choreography: Lorraine Smith & performers
  • Director: Lorraine Smith
  • Composition/Musical Direction: John Chambers

Fanfares, marches, anthems, speeches and dry coughs…

This piece explores formal events, and the aftermath of when nothing goes to plan!
Relax. Cleanse. Micro-minerals. No more wrinkles. Soothe. Transcend Mortality. Detox. Digestive transit. Refresh. Healing herbal highs. Botox. Bifidus Actiregularis. Believing is feeling. Placebo effect. Revitalise. Empty. Inside.

Lighting designer
Jason Kirk
Associate lighting designer
Pablo Fernandez Baz


"For dance audiences it [the Blue Elephant] can be an intense experience - especially if you're used to studying abstract geometry from the heights of the upper circle. These are real, powerful, bodies, right in front of you, complete with flesh, discernible faces and flying beads of sweat."

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny

by Anwesha Dance Company

Wednesday 29 October 2008 - Friday 31 October 2008

Anwesha Dance Company was established to evolve new choreography from the Manipuri tradition and to bring Manipuri dance to wider notice in the UK and internationally.

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny explores the creative genius and the conflicting urges that drive an artist. Tradition, self-doubt and wavering courage rein in the artist from full expression of creativity.

Combining expressions of award-winning choreographer Anwesha's imagination - improvised from classical north-east Indian Manipuri dance - this work infuses tradition with freedom and also the heritage is moulded to modernity, the classical reinterpreted through originality. It is about the move towards self expression and thus combines music, speech, film and new physical language or new movement which is born from Manipuri classical dance, to explore all of these resonances.

This production resonates beyond the uncertainties of a person moving from a valued but traditional society into a more liberal but alien one, to talk to the self-belief and insecurities lying beneath the artistic impulse.

A Mind's Journey in Search of Destiny had an Edinburgh run in August 2009.

Carrie Syckelmoore, Yentl De Werdt & Anwesha Ahmed
Music Arranger
Nic Saunders
Asim Ahmed
Lighting designer
Jason Kirk

First Class

Tuesday 7 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

When Michael Bates makes a routine trip to the post office, he meets Beatrice – an impossibly enthusiastic postal worker, who takes him far beyond the confines of a mail room into the universe of her imagination. Powered by her infectious lust for life, Bea leads Michael on a journey to find something he never knew he had lost.

Fusing physical theatre with comedy and music, this absurd yet oh-so-believable human tale unfolds with delightful results.

First Class had an Edinburgh run in August 2009.

Devised and performed by
Amy Nostbakken & Nir Paldi
Lighting Designer
Jules Richardson


"This curious and charming fable is glorious in its playful physicality" Time Out

Art accompanying 'First Class'

Tuesday 7 October 2008 - Saturday 25 October 2008

Total Image Nation is a photographers' network and online resource, created and maintained by photographers across the UK. The purpose of Total Image Nation is to provide information, advice, networking and opportunities for all photographers.



by GRIT Theatre

A new play about man's relentless struggle to define the world and beyond

Thursday 29 May 2008 - Sunday 15 June 2008

"Our heroes and our Gods, under scrutiny, have become dwarves. As if that was something they could ever be. That we could ever allow. That's why we rail against the day’s passing, struggle to get in another word or action, because tomorrow … tomorrow we may not know where we stand. Not recognise ourselves when we stop to look."

Ad astra per aspera (a rough road leads to the stars):
Inscription at Launch Complex 34 at Kennedy Space Centre where all three crew members of the first Apollo spacecraft died in 1967.

Jon Bonfiglio
Emily Agnew
Lighting Designer
Esteban Nunez
Matt Addis, Samantha Hopkins, Bill Hutchens & Ruth James


"If any further proof were necessary that small-scale productions have big ideas and can make them work, 'Pluto' provides it"

Mervyn Peake and his Art

by Sebastian Peake

Wednesday 4 June 2008

Photos courtesy of the Estate of Mervyn Peake

Mervyn Peake was a writer, artist, illustrator and a former tutor at Camberwell College of Arts. Best known for his Gormenghast trilogy, he also wrote poetry, short stories and plays for adults and children.

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor

First published in 1939, Mervyn Peake’s pirate yarn has recently been re-issued, giving a new generation the chance to read about the exploits of Captain Slaughterboard and his crazy crew - Billy Bottle, Jonas Joints, Timothy Twitch, Peter Poop and Charlie Choke.

Mervyn Peake: an illustrated talk

Presented by Sebastian Peake

Inspired by his father’s incredible collection of paintings, photographs and letters, Sebastian Peake provides an exclusive insight into one of the most creative minds of the 20th Century.

Part of Camberwell Arts Festival 2008