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Past programme

Showcases an eclectic range of fresh and interesting contemporary work, largely by emerging artistslondondance.com
Comedy

25 Stories

by Alex Watts

Dates
Thursday 17 March 2016 - Saturday 19 March 2016

Alex Watts worked in bookshops for years. This left him broken, embittered and incurably addicted to books, stories and words. Come to see him tell his own strange and dreadful stories, from the extremely short, to the really unbelievably brief. Where did Shakespeare go when he died? Why did that horse walk into pub? Where does punctuation come from, and is yours free range? Angry, inventive, and with at least one genuine attempt to bring about total world peace, 25 Stories was written just for you.


Press

***** Broadway Baby
"assured, funny and intelligent" Threeweeks
Dance

Blue Cloud Scratch

with Cloud Dance Festival

Date
Wednesday 9 March 2016

Blue Cloud Scratch is an exciting new dance scratch night curated by Blue Elephant Theatre and Cloud Dance Festival. Blue Cloud Scratch aims to encourage and provide emerging dance artists with opportunities to present their works in progress and receive feedback from audiences and peers.

The scratch nights are a proactive response to Cloud Dance Festival's open space event in January on gender and equality in dance, to address the need identified then for scratch nights and feedback sessions.

For more about the Blue Cloud Scratch and Cloud Dance Festival, click here.

Be My Home by Konstantina Skalionta

An intimate solo performance inspired by poetic images and metaphors of the houses we live in. Exploring the notion and meaning of home it reflects on the primary human need to inhabit places and seek other kind of shelters, to inhabit new homes that mark different life stages. Choreographer Konstantina Skalionta collaborates with fine artist and prop maker Laura Elias to explore the notion and meaning of ‘home’ and whether the ‘body’ can be seen as our only lifelong ‘home’.

Konstantina is a London-based choreographer, contemporary dancer and dance teacher. She trained at Central School of Ballet and then undertook postgraduate studies at the London Contemporary Dance School, graduating in July 2012. Her choreographic work reflects upon personal experiences and aspires to explore the human behaviour and interaction.

She has been collaborating with various artists towards bringing dance and visual arts together in her performances. Be My Home, is her first collaboration with the artist Laura Elias, and it was first performed at Resolution! 2016, in January.

Signs by MonixArts

Signs is a 10-minute contemporary dance piece, fusing contemporary dance with British Sign Language. This exciting and intricate duet, performed by two female dancers, takes inspiration from Colin Thompson's poem 'If I told you I was deaf would you turn away'. Accompanied by an originally composed music score, it is a highly physical performance that explores the importance of body language in British Sign Language, and the barriers of a deaf person trying to communicate in a hearing world.

Composer: Zory Burner
Dancers: Erena Bordon Sanchez, Daniella Sellwood
Choreographer: Monica Nicolaides

MonixArts is the body of work of Monica Nicolaides, a contemporary dance choreographer based in London. Monica was resident artist at Clarence Mews Studios and her work has been presented at Resolution! The Place, Lost Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, the Riley Theatre, Edinburgh Zoo, amongst others. Choreographic credits include commissions by the University of Cumbria, Marylebone Ballet School and the British Medical Association. Monica's work combines contemporary dance with other movement languages, exploring human behaviour and body language in everyday situations. Her work has been supported by IdeasTap and Hiive.

The Art of Exposure by Bridget Lappin

“It seems almost magical, this art of night stealth that enables you to make yourself invisible in the black of night.”*

She lives in the shadows where she can thrive. She creates her own darkness and exists within it. She cultivates disguises, a ninja, a woman, a body; all deceptions in an act of self-preservation against her environment. And yet, it is in this act of hiding that she exposes herself… What will you see in her? What are you left with?

*Quotation from the Shoninki, translated by Antony Cummins and Yoshie Minami

“… beautifully staged… teasing us with her ability to materialize out of the dark and leave an indelible image… It is the art of exposure by stealth and suggestion and it is remarkably persuasive.”– Nicholas Minn

Bridget Lappin studied at London Contemporary Dance School where she graduated with a First-class BA (Hons) degree. She has performed with the Richard Alston Dance Company, Bern Ballett under the direction of Cathy Marston, and several independent choreographers and companies based in Canada and in London, including A(r)CT and Joanna Kalm (ES). Bridget has presented her own choreographic work internationally, most recently at Resolution 2016 at the Place. Having recently completed her Masters from LCDS, she is continuing to establish her presence as a solo artist, creating work grounded in improvisation, philosophy, feminism and pop culture.

Hoarding Memory by Charlotte Jarvis

Dance artist & choreographer Charlotte Jarvis, performs an impromptu movement study.
A response to past memories, released in an immediate moment of dance.

With tendency to live in the past – our identity & liberation limited.
Confused & lost in the hoards of eternal memories,
Restricting us from fully being in the present moment.

What happens when we let go, & try to forget, can we forget?

Hoarding Memories
Trapped as sculpture, nature paused
A war against time.

Performer/Choreographer: Charlotte Jarvis
Music: Lemuria Soudscape


Family

The Girl and the Box

 

Date
Sunday 6 March 2016

'The Girl and The Box’ follows the journey of our Hero, after she meets a mysterious stranger who offers to take away all of her bad feelings.

Over the years she realises that without sadness, she doesn’t know what it means to be truly happy. Without fear, how can she know how to be brave?

Fabletop Theatre tells the story of Hero’s discovery that it’s the good things as well as the difficult things that make us who we are, and her adventure to become whole again. Along the way she encounters many weird and wonderful creatures, some of whom are more helpful than others...

Fabletop Theatre are a fresh and innovative new company who explore fables through storytelling, physical theatre, live music and puppetry.

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes


Supported by

Family

The Little Match Girl

by Moon On A Stick

Dates
Sunday 13 December 2015 - Wednesday 16 December 2015

A magical and mischievous twist on this well-known tale, complete with puppetry, Christmas carols and audience interaction.

It is Christmas Eve, snow litters the ground and the little girl is alone. She is desperate to get warm so she lights the matches that she has been selling. With each match she is transported by its warmth into the scenes behind the glass. She becomes a part of the festivities, meeting father Christmas, playing in the snow and eating the most delicious feast but with the light of each match they fade and are just beyond reach.

Using their unique combination of visual storytelling, live music and object work, Moon On A Stick transform the stage into a stunning snowy spectacle. This beautiful, playful production is suitable for ages 3+ providing a perfect Christmas show for a younger audience and a joyful retelling of a winter classic.

The performance on December 13th will be a relaxed performance.

PLEASE NOTE: The Little Match Girl is now fully booked

See a trailer here

School matinees

15/12 11.00am - FULLY BOOKED
15/12 1.45pm - FULLY BOOKED
16/12 11.00am - FULLY BOOKED
16/12 1.45pm - FULLY BOOKED


Reviews

A charming and engaging children’s show that kept the young audience enchanted and laughing throughout.

Everything Theatre

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
Theatre

Last Orders (Rehearsed Readings)

Backbone Theatre & Albert Productions

Dates
Wednesday 2 December 2015 - Thursday 3 December 2015

On the anniversary of his death, a decade after the event that stole their last Christmas together, three friends meet to commemorate the life of the one they lost.

Trying to overcome the distance that life has put between them Dan, Sally and Dave attempt to piece together the relationships they thought they’d left behind. They soon realise that their memories are only one version of the past and that one of the hardest decisions is choosing between who you are and who you once were.

Last Orders explores the loyalty of childhood friendships and how, with life's experiences, we all grow up to be something we weren't.

Last Orders is a new play by Lucy Laing and there will be a post-show discussion after each rehearsed reading.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance to guarantee availability. Please call 020 7701 0100 or email boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk to book your tickets.


Theatre

Dutchman (Rehearsed Reading)

Directed by Rachel Heyburn

Date
Tuesday 24 November 2015

Dutchman is a play written by African-American playwright Amiri Baraka and was the last play he produced under his birth name LeRoi Jones, before he became part of the Black Nationalist movement. It was originally staged at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village (New York) and it subsequently won an Obie award before being made into a film in 1967.

The play focuses on the first meeting of Lulu (a white woman) and Clay (a black man) on a New York subway in the height of summer. As the sexual tension unfolds into tension and cruelty, the play becomes an allegory for the politics of the time, struggling to find their place in a quickly changing society.

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance to guarantee availability. Please call 020 7701 0100 or email boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk to book your tickets.


Dance

Trivialis

 

Dates
Wednesday 18 November 2015 - Saturday 21 November 2015

Through visceral movement, subtle theatricality and an eclectic musical score for electric guitar, we follow the lives of three people that are violently intertwined by a sudden collision in a mysterious crossroad. Despite their efforts to dismiss the incident as trivial and break free from the situation, an unexpected dialogue emerges and a web of interactions between them is woven. What was seen as an obstacle becomes an opportunity for recollection and the crossroad the setting for a unique bond to develop. Is this a trivial encounter or one that will change their course forever?

Harnessing the power of movement, visual art and sound, ‘Trivialis’ is a tale outside of specific time and place that explores the possibility for connection and intimacy in unexpected moments, contexts and against all odds.

When choreography says it all, it is beautiful. Clair Cohen - Resolution Round-Up 2015

Choreographer Chloe Aliyanni makes both theatre-based and site sensitive work at the heart of which lies the relationship between movement, music, light, space and narrative. Her approach to dance making is influenced by the sounds, myths and rituals of her Greek heritage, her contemporary dance and visual arts background as well as the desire to look beyond the individual and into the collective. Her aim is to create accessible and thoughtful dance performances, looking for original movement vocabulary, sound and set while challenging what dance and movement can communicate as non-verbal mediums.


Reviews

Trivialis is a captivating hour of original dance and music, delivered by some very talented performers.

Views from the Gods

Choreography/direction
Chloe Aliyanni
Music
Stelios Kyriakidis
Dramaturgy
Tania Azevedo
Rehearsal Director
Markella Kefallonitou
Lighting designer
Anna Sbokou
Performers
Jonathan Caruana, Savina Casarin, Morrighan MacGillivray, Stelios Kyriakidis
Theatre

1992 and Over There: Two Short Plays

 

Dates
Tuesday 10 November 2015 - Saturday 14 November 2015

1992 by Lisa McGee

Two brothers hiding out in a mansion on the outskirts of Liverpool wrestle with the dark secret that has shaped their lives, as a haunting reality waits to unfold.

Over There by Jon Fosse

A couple stop for a break as they ascend a mountain. But what is that in the distance?

1992 and Over There: Two Short Plays marks the launch of EG, a new London-based theatre company dedicated to producing unpredictable, powerfully acted theatre.

The show features two plays which have never been staged before in London, by acclaimed international playwrights.

Lisa McGee is the creator of Channel 4 sitcom London Irish and writer of BBC drama Being Human. Her play Girls and Dolls won both the Stewart Parker Award and the Blackburn Prize.

Jon Fosse has won the International Ibsen Award. He is the most recent recipient of the European Prize for Literature and is perennially tipped for the Nobel Prize in Literature. His most recent productions in London include Nightsongs at The Royal Court and I Am the Wind at the Young Vic.

Please note that 1992 contains strong language and is unsuitable for children. The evening runs at approximately 45 minutes straight through.


Reviews

the acting in both two-handers was powerful and bold. I’m looking forward to seeing more by EG in the future.

Everything Theatre

Both plays are well directed, cleverly written and fantastically performed

The Theatre Tourist ****

Cast
Edwin Ashcroft & George Quiney
Theatre

Trunkated

 

Date
Friday 6 November 2015

A showcase of excerpts and short works-in-progress of new material from London's most exciting artists across the arts. Physical theatre, cabaret, comedy, performance art... A Blue Elephant season in one evening!

Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance to guarantee availability. Please call 020 7701 0100 or email boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk to book your tickets.

Fitzgerald Honger

I tell jokes to fill the Rugrats-shaped hole in my heart, left behind when the show ended.
Charismatic, original and funny…are words I would like people to use in sentences about me. So no pressure to use them after seeing me perform.

Ana Berkenhoff

Constantly examining our practice of theatre, Ana Berkenhoff uses a range of formats in her work. She has a post-dramatic background and recently moved to London, having built a career as a solo artist and collaborator in Germany, performing, directing and making music at national theatres and fringe-venues alike. Her performance at Trunkated will be a movement language excerpt.

Pro

Maisy moves to London full of ambition and finds herself on the streets and resorting to prostitution. In this one-woman play, Maisy recounts her journey enacting the various characters she meets along the way.

Written by Rebecca Robinson.
Performed by Helen Haines
Directed by Rebecca Hanbury

A Scene From 'A Working Title'

‘A Working Title’ tells the stories of six twenty five year old Londoners and the different ways in which they are dealing with living in the big smoke. This scene tells the story of the Busker's background and how their troubled background brought them to music. It is taken from the show and is the only section of the show performed in verse.
The show is accompanied with music and the characters are always watched over by the Busker who is observing them as s/he plays.

I'm like You, Only Better

"My name is Shannon McNee and I'm going to be the best me I can be"
A poem/monologue written and performed by Heather Johnson.


Community arts

Inspiration

 

Date
Thursday 29 October 2015

This performance will be created by young people aged 11 to 15 from the Blue Elephant’s Free to Act group, as part of Black History Month. By researching inspirational people both past and present, they will create a dynamic and unique performance, including drama and dance, celebrating positive role models.

This performance is FREE but tickets must be booked in advance to guarantee availability. Please call 020 7701 0100 or email bookings@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk to book tickets.


Theatre

SOLO

by Gameshow

Date
Friday 23 October 2015

A noisy love song about anyone who's ever stood on the outside and shouted.

Mixing surreal storytelling, live noise and projection, SOLO pushes together and pulls apart the stories of people who have been placed on the edges of society.

Gameshow's latest project is a white-knuckle ride at break-neck speed through the upside-downs and inside-outs of Daniel Johnston, Captain Beefheart and Alan Turing. Jeremy Kyle's invited too. SOLO rants, kicks stuff apart and builds up a huge wall of noise before pulling it all down around your ears.

After the dust's settled, what's left behind is about standing out and fitting in, labelling and isolating, being loud and staying quiet.

Tickets for this performance are FREE as it is a work-in-progress but must be booked in advance and are subject to availability. Tickets are restricted to two tickets per booking. To book tickets, please email us on boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk or call us on 020 7701 0100.


Producer
Matthew Evans
Dance

Ham & Passion

by DeNada Dance Theatre

Dates
Wednesday 14 October 2015 - Thursday 15 October 2015

DeNada Dance Theatre present a gender-bending evening of seductive and provocative dance choreographed by Carlos Pons Guerra. Three short narrative works form this kitschy and filmic bill of contemporary dance with a very Spanish flavour- a true feast of meaty dance soaked in a salsa of passion.

From a dingy cabaret in Civil War Barcelona, where a drag artiste murders her fascist lover backstage, passing through a lustful duel of seduction between two machos, and ending with a divine apparition in a kitchen of 1950's Seville, Ham & Passion is an exhilarating, hilarious journey through the history and culture of modern Spain that promises to subvert the senses.

Performed by an international cast of dancers, to a soundtrack of Latin vintage classics and Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, with stunning period costume and set by Ryan Dawson Laight and a perfect mix of dance, jamón and drama, these three explosive period pieces will excite adult audiences of all backgrounds.

Recommended age: 14+ due to partial nudity and suggestive imagery.

Photo: Joe Armitage


Reviews

Extreme passion and florid sexuality run amok in a triple bill of transgressive Spanish dance

The Stage ****

Exploring the heady subjects of sex, gender, religion, and politics, but all with a cheeky sense of humor that is impossible to resist.

Gay Star News

This is intoxicating stuff. DeNada Dance Theatre’s smart meditations on sexual identity and machismo could teach larger ensembles a thing or two.

The Observer

Choreographer
Carlos Pons Guerra

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • DanceXchange
  • Instituto Cervantes
  • Spin
  • Theatre in the Mill
  • The Northern School of Contemporary Dance
  • Yorkshire Dance
Theatre

Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain

Date
Friday 18 September 2015

"It’s 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have just arrived in England - where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. The Americans see the Brits as a strange race. Get ready to judge for yourself in a night of joyous laughter and downright silliness as a crack team of experts attempt to explain the rules of British life.

This rib-tickling new show for adults and families is from the creators of 'Winston On the Run' (★★★★★ WhatsOnStage) and 'Dr Brown Because' (★★★★ The Times, The Sunday Times, Time Out).

Inspired by the 1942 pamphlet given to GIs on their way to Blighty, the show will take the audience back to the British home front, where two American officers have been charged with explaining British life to their recently arrived countrymen. The problem is, they’ve only just arrived themselves! Will the plucky team succeed in explaining the quirks and customs of everyday British life? Or will Hitler’s propaganda split the allies asunder? The future of the free world hangs in the balance.

Adapted with kind permission from the Bodleian Library's publication.Instructions for American Servicemen, 1942.
This is a free work-in-progress preview performance before Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain begins a national tour.

Recommended for ages 10+

This is now fully booked. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please email boxoffice@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk


Supported by

Dance

I Am

Dates
Friday 7 August 2015 - Saturday 8 August 2015

LCP Dance Theatre comes to the Blue Elephant with their Edinburgh preview of new dance production "I am".

LCP Dance Theatre draws awareness to human rights violations through dance and explores the sensual and spiritual journey of recovery for a trafficked victim. ”I am” is a new multimedia dance production from the award winning LCP Dance Theatre. Their previous hit show “Am I” was nominated for the Amnesty International Award for the best human rights based performance at Edinburgh Fringe 2014.

“I Am” seeks to explore the challenges facing victims on their road to recovery - through therapy and the support of loved ones. It tells the story of how they re-discover their stolen identities - inspired by the
true story of a couple who fell in love in their teens, and after some life changing experiences found each other again in their 70’s; This leads to them being able to finally forgive their abusers and reintegrate back into normal society.

'The impeccable execution and the power of the visual imagery is utterly paralysing. “Dance stops trafficking!” they advertise. For me, their dance stopped my heartbeat." '***** Threeweeks Fringe 2013 on "Am I"

"Their bodies seemed to inhale air and exhale this choreography, it came to them with such ease and you could feel the energy breathing from them" **** Broadway Baby Fringe 2014 on "Am I"


Reviews

LCP Dance Theatre offered something extraordinary

Female Arts ****

CHOREOGRAPHY & ARTISTIC DIRECTION:
Joanna Puchala
FILM:
Laura Jean Healey, Michael Clements
VIDEO TRAILER:
Daniela Kitchiner
PR & MARKETING:
Lidhka Inga
PHOTOGRAPHY:
Mariusz Milkowski
Cast
Miranda-Chantal Ode, Rachel Elderkin, Deana Indraccolo, Gennaro Lasco, Joanna Puchala

Supported by

  • LeSoCo
Family

YOU LOOK TASTY!

A Play by A Tiger

Date
Sunday 12 July 2015

The London Zoo Players are putting on a play. But with a tiger on the loose and their dedicated delicious cast nowhere to be seen, can the show still go on? And what is that growling...?

A carnivorous comedy for brave children aged 5+ and their keepers.

Starring John Henry Falle (The Beta Males; Sketchorama, Radio 4) and Harriet Kemsley (New Act of the Year finalist 2012;Traces, Paines Plough), directed by Fringe First Award-winner David Mercatali. Written by Aloysius Tiger, with help from Stewart Pringle.

**** 'We can expect to see Pringle writing Doctor Who and Sherlock well before the end of the decade' WhatsOnStage on playwright Stewart Pringle

'An enticing play for family audiences... David Mercatali's production... celebrates the power of storytelling' Guardian on Feathers in the Snow, from director Mercatali.