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Past programme

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


Theatre

The 56

Dates
Friday 1 May 2015 - Sunday 3 May 2015

"Nobody dies at football matches in fires. It doesn't happen"

At 3.40pm on May 11th 1985, a small fire broke out in the main stand at Valley Parade football ground during the final match of the season. Within four minutes the wooden structure was ablaze. Fifty-four Bradford City supporters and two Lincoln City supporters lost their lives.

This unique theatrical experience provides a truthful retelling of stories of those involved in the Bradford City Fire. Adapted solely from real-life testimonies and interviews with witnesses, this piece of documentary theatre reveals solidarity, strength and community in the face of overwhelming tragedy.


Dance

Elefeet Dance Festival

 

Dates
Tuesday 7 April 2015 - Wednesday 29 April 2015

When booking three shows at once, audience members are entitled to our Southwark Resident rate, our cheapest ticket!

Just add three Southwark resident tickets to your basket when booking, or call us on 020 7701 0100.

Herstory & The Other and Me

Herstory, by Zosia Jo, supported by Arts Council Wales & Torch Theatre, combines dance with verbatim theatre and spoken word to tell a story at once true and untrue, personal and universal - a love story with a painful twist, that has nothing whatsoever to do with love.

"Mature and compelling...a powerful testimony to survival and renewal...” -Resolution! review 2015 (can be part of the body of the description)

(Please note the subject matter of this solo may make it unsuitable for children 12 and under)

The Other & Me:
"We stand on one side...staring at the other side... thinking that we are right and the other is wrong. In the mirror...flip from the shock... that actually we stand... on both sides."

Mounir Saeed is a dancer/choreographer from Egypt. The Other and Me was created during a residency in Holland, performed in Cairo, and now sees its UK debut.

Click here for dates and bookings...

The Next Phase featuring Penny

An evening of music, movement and poetry from AQ Arts and friends, featuring work in progress, 'Penny', choreographed by Andrea Queens.

This night will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, with each piece focusing on the thoughts and feelings of closing an old chapter and stepping into a new one.

Click here for dates and bookings...

If You Leave

Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change?

201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop movement returns in If You Leave: a story of two people's broken encounter.

After acclaimed performances in New York and a sold out London debut at The Place, 201 Dance Company presents the full length production of If You Leave for the first time. Touching on themes of addiction, obsession, and the true meaning of commitment, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of eight dancers in a fast-paced, intimate performance exploring the relationship of two young men.

Winner of the BDC Outstanding Award for concept choreography.

Click here for dates and bookings...

Bridging the Void

Film, dance and music interlace to create an immersive and mesmerizing sunrise experience inspired by the Native American saying Every Night is followed by Sunrise.

From darkness, through sunrise to dawn light, the performance unfolds around the audience, who are invited to wander, encounter and react to the production as it develops. Each person’s experience will be unique and personal.

‘A work which enlivens and awakens your senses… you will continue to discover it’
(Bryony Cooper, Dance Critic)

Recommended for ages 12 upwards

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Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

Sonámbulas:

Sonámbulas is a collaborative exploration of the world of dreams. Three characters delve into the subconscious through dynamic, frenzied movement sequences; their stories and emotions becoming tangled in the sounds of live accordion. Sonámbulas take a trip into our subconscious where unrelated images and absurd stories exist.

Little Red Riding Hood:

“Little red riding hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married her, I should have known perfect bliss” Charles Dickens

NonFiction Dance present Little Red Riding Hood, a new piece inspired by the Grimm brothers’ famous fairy tale.

We’ve all heard the fairy tale. The little girl in a red cape, her encounter with the evil wolf in a dark woods...The story has been narrated through centuries, capturing imaginations and inspiring fear in children and adults alike. But who was the girl hiding underneath the red cape? And how did the story really end?

Little Red Riding Hood explores the mysteries of this beloved character, re-examining her relationship with the wolf and re-imagining her fate.

You will never think of Little Red Riding Hood the same way again.

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In Memoriam

In Memoriam is a reflection on the transformation which happens to people, their lives and their concept of normality during times of war. It is dedicated to women of the First World War - women who become the 'army behind the army'; women the bomb-makers, women the fighters, women who 'stayed behind', women addressed in thousands of letters and poems.

It is also a contemplation on war’s parallel realities, as history and events repeat themselves across space and time.

Inspired by war-time imagery and poetry of The Great War and performed by an exceptionally skilled group of dancers and musicians, In Memoriam brings together an explosive mix of flamenco and contemporary dance.

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Dance

In Memoriam

 

Dates
Tuesday 28 April 2015 - Wednesday 29 April 2015

In Memoriam is a reflection on the transformation which happens to people, their lives and their concept of normality during times of war. It is dedicated to women of the First World War - women who become the 'army behind the army'; women the bomb-makers, women the fighters, women who 'stayed behind', women addressed in thousands of letters and poems.

It is also a contemplation on war’s parallel realities, as history and events repeat themselves across space and time.

Inspired by war-time imagery and poetry of The Great War and performed by an exceptionally skilled group of dancers and musicians, In Memoriam brings together an explosive mix of flamenco and contemporary dance.


Direction & Choreography by
Masha Gurina
Original Music by
Steve Homes
Film Making by
Remigiusz Sowa
Design by
Sasha Vidakovic
Cast
Dancers: Elsa Arcaute, Carolina Esteves, Laura Heywood. Musicians: Steve Homes (Guitar), Demi Garcia Sabat (Percussion) & Javier Macias (Singer).

Supported by

Dance

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary

 

Dates
Friday 24 April 2015 - Saturday 25 April 2015

Sonámbulas

Sonámbulas is a collaborative exploration of the world of dreams. Three characters delve into the subconscious through dynamic, frenzied movement sequences; their stories and emotions becoming tangled in the sounds of live accordion. Sonámbulas take a trip into our subconscious where unrelated images and absurd stories exist.

Little Red Riding Hood

“Little red riding hood was my first love. I felt that if I could have married her, I should have known perfect bliss” Charles Dickens

NonFiction Dance present Little Red Riding Hood, a new piece inspired by the Grimm brothers’ famous fairy tale.

We’ve all heard the fairy tale. The little girl in a red cape, her encounter with the evil wolf in a dark woods...The story has been narrated through centuries, capturing imaginations and inspiring fear in children and adults alike. But who was the girl hiding underneath the red cape? And how did the story really end?

Little Red Riding Hood explores the mysteries of this beloved character, re-examining her relationship with the wolf and re-imagining her fate.

You will never think of Little Red Riding Hood the same way again.


Reviews

"It’s a fantastic piece, executed with both passion and precision"- On Little Red Riding Hood

Theatred

Choreographer for Sonámbulas
Justyna Sochaj
Music & Composition for Sonámbulas
Martina Schwarz
Choreographer for Little Red Riding Hood
Non-Fiction Dance
Cast
Dancers for Sonámbulas: Nashira Santanatalia-Goméz, Dorota Popińska, Justyna Sochaj. Dancers for Little Red Riding Hood: Dorota Popińska, Martina Vojtkova, Rowena Evans, Juan Ignacio Serradilla Mazuelas

Press

“The piece had a Mitteleuropa/fairytale/early psychoanalytic quality; and something robust and straightforward, in its engagement with its subject matter, that was really disarming."

Agony Art Platform on Sonámbulas’ work in progress showing at Chisenhale Dance Space, June 2014.

Dance

Bridging the Void

Dates
Tuesday 21 April 2015 - Wednesday 22 April 2015

Film, dance and music interlace to create an immersive and mesmerizing sunrise experience inspired by the Native American saying Every Night is followed by Sunrise.

From darkness, through sunrise to dawn light, the performance unfolds around the audience, who are invited to wander, encounter and react to the production as it develops. Each person’s experience will be unique and personal.

‘A work which enlivens and awakens your senses… you will continue to discover it’
(Bryony Cooper, Dance Critic)

Recommended for ages 12 upwards

Please note: Tuesday night is sold out

Experiential Dance


Reviews

"A delicately woven fusion of film, movement and sound"

Thinking On My Feet

Choreographer
Rachel Johnson
Camera Operator
Jonathon Binks
Composer
James Welland
Technical Manager
Benjamin Glover
Cast
Elzbieta Kowalik, Eleanor Palmer & Clélia Vuille.

Supported by

  • Experiential Dance
  • Council England
  • Meridian Fitness
  • Pure Arts
  • Ellie Brown
  • Pure Arts
  • Anderson Law LLP
Dance

Smother (Formerly If You Leave)

Dates
Thursday 16 April 2015 - Saturday 18 April 2015

Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change?

201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop movement returns in Smother: a story of two people's broken encounter.

After acclaimed performances in New York and a sold out London debut at The Place, 201 Dance Company presents the full length production of Smother. Touching on themes of addiction, obsession, and the true meaning of commitment, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of eight dancers in a fast-paced, intimate performance exploring the relationship of two young men.

Winner of the BDC Outstanding Award for concept choreography.

Previews: 7th & 8th August.
2for1 tickets: 10th & 11th August.

You can read an interview by LGBTQ Arts and Culture Review with Choreographer Andrea Walker here

Please note some of the songs in Smother contain explicit lyrics

Facebook: www.facebook.com/201dancecompany
Twitter: @201dancecompany
Instagram: www.instagram.com/201dancecompany


Reviews

"A superb piece of performance... I challenge you not to be captivated by a piece that is at once raw, skillful and intoxicating."

The LGBTQ Arts & Culture Review

Choreographer
Andrea Walker
Producer
Patrick Collier
Lighting Designer
Louisa Smurthwaite
Cast
Dancers: Andrea Walker, Saran Kohli, Luigi Ambrosio, Michaela Cisariková, Heidi Clark, Fraser Murray, Nicole Chen Wen Ni, Simon Tichelaar.

Press

"an intense urban fairytale of addiction and obsession"

ResReview

"A bold investigation of the human condition...infectious...danced with passion and conviction"

ResReview

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • Metro Uk
  • GMI Partners
Dance

The Next Phase, featuring Penny

by AQ Arts

Date
Friday 10 April 2015

An evening of music, movement and poetry from AQ Arts and friends, featuring work in progress, 'Penny', choreographed by Andrea Queens.

This night will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions, with each piece focusing on the thoughts and feelings of closing an old chapter and stepping into a new one.

PLEASE NOTE 'THE NEXT PHASE, FEATURING PENNY' IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT


Reviews

"The evening was packed with music, movement and poetry"

The British Blacklist

"Packed with a real sense of community, some extraordinary talent and an overwhelming amount of emotion" ★★★★

Views from the Gods

Choreographed by
Andrea Queens
Produced by
Carly Woodbridge
Photography by
Gustavo Zamprogne

Supported by

  • AQ Arts
  • Arts Council England
  • Carly Woodbridge
Dance

Herstory

A double bill of dance theatre solos

Dates
Tuesday 7 April 2015 - Wednesday 8 April 2015

Herstory

Herstory, by Zosia Jo, supported by Arts Council Wales & Torch Theatre, combines dance with verbatim theatre and spoken word to tell a story at once true and untrue, personal and universal - a love story with a painful twist, that has nothing whatsoever to do with love.

"Mature and compelling...a powerful testimony to survival and renewal...” Resolution! review 2015

Previews: 7th & 8th August.
2for1 ticket offer: 10th & 11th August.

(Please note the subject matter of this solo may make it unsuitable for children 12 and under)


Reviews

"A compelling piece of dance theatre that unearths the seeds of hope from the detritus violence and fear."- On Herstory.

Thinking on my Feet

Dancer/Choreographer for Herstory
Zosia Jo
Dancer/Choreographer for The Other & Me
Mounir Saeed

Supported by

  • ACW Arts Council of Wales
  • The National Lottery
  • Welsh Government
  • Torch Theatre
  • British Council
Theatre

Boy in Darkness

 

Dates
Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Saturday 4 April 2015
Post-show discussion:
Wednesday 25 March

A Boy wanders into darkness, a land of broken things…
There he meets a goat, a hyena and a lamb with diabolical schemes…

The Boy escapes the oppressive Castle of his birthright on his fourteenth birthday. As he ventures into the unknown, his rebellion leads him on a descent to ancient alchemy and present danger. He must call on his wits to escape - or be trapped forever.

Storytelling and physical theatre intertwine in a bold, new stage interpretation of Mervyn Peake's novella 'Boy in Darkness', performed as a solo show by Gareth Murphy. Capturing a chilling adventure in the teenaged years of Titus Groan, hero of the celebrated Gormenghast trilogy, Boy in Darkness is a gothic fairytale underpinned by Peake's rich and powerful language.

The Blue Elephant continues to bring the work of one of the twentieth century's greatest writers to the stage with this original adaptation, following the world stage premieres of Mervyn Peake's plays The Cave and Noah's Ark.

Please note that seating for this production is a mixture of sitting on cushions on the floor and on chairs.

Performed and image of Boy reprinted with kind permission of the Mervyn Peake Estate c/o Peters, Fraser & Dunlop Ltd


Reviews

"A physical theatre gem" ★★★★

The Stage

"Physical theatre and storytelling at its finest"

Charlotte Everett: London Tour Guide, Journo, Adventurer.

"Physical eloquence and bold storytelling do justice to Peake’s fantasy realm"

A Younger Theatre

"Murphy is a consummate professional not letting up for a second during his seventy minute performance"

The Flaneur

"The performance itself...is nothing less than a tour de force from Gareth Murphy"

Bargain Theatre Land

"the elegance and economy of movement [was] almost hypnotic to watch"

There Ought to be Clowns

"As complete a production as is probably possible" ★★★★

Remote Goat

"Gareth Murphy holds a captivated audience's attention...single handedly for just over an hour"

Southwark News

Writer
Mervyn Peake
Adapted and Performed by
Gareth Murphy
Director
John Walton
Designer
Martin Thomas
Lighting Designer
Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Sound and Music
Jon McLeod
Voice Coach
Barbara Houseman
Movement Director
Svetlana Biba

Press

"But it is extraordinary: a howl, an imperfect and painful philosophical struggle, part of a remarkable artist's testament. Honour to the little theatre."

Libby Purves, The Times on 'The Cave'

Supported by

  • Arts Council England
  • The Golsoncott Foundation
Gallery

Lewis Peake at Blue Elephant Theatre

Dates
Wednesday 11 March 2015 - Saturday 4 April 2015

In this exhibition by artist Lewis Peake we are presented with a series of alien creatures and futuristic landscapes. The subjects of his environmental paintings, inspired by mechanical shapes and organic forms, are partially obscured by what might be dust, pollution or planetary atmosphere. The two opposing forces, nature and technology also influence these pictures - how they compete and become enmeshed. The way they both clutch at an existence, behave erratically, occupying unexpected places and surviving in compromised states is constantly unnerving.

As well as using traditional media, many of these landscapes began as sketches drawn on his iphone whilst on the London Underground. These are then used as a base layer, painted over and textured using digital media.

Depicted in this recent series of creature sketches, we meet personified animal hybrids with altered physical features. They are moulded out of Earth’s inhabitants but have been tampered with and given warped anatomy. The challenge with these beasts is keeping the familiar animalistic features while also incorporating a sinister alien quality.

The exhibition can be viewed before and after performances of Boy in Darkness, and by appointment during office hours on weekdays. Please call 02077010100 to arrange to see it.

Theatre

roswitha in soffitta

by Selma Roth

Dates
Friday 27 February 2015 - Saturday 28 February 2015

Roswitha is peculiar!

Lost in her memories, with only suitcases for companions, she is trying to find her way home. Gathering courage, she journeys through unexpected places to face her future and leave the past behind.

roswitha in soffitta is a piece of physical theatre and mime by Selma Roth with music by Alex Judd.

roswitha in soffitta from Selma Roth on Vimeo.


Reviews

"It is an elegant and sensitive mime piece"

Euston Street Diaries

Devising Artist
Selma Roth
Composer
Alex Judd

Supported by

  • Master Campus Theatre CH
  • Scuola Teatro Dimitri
Dance

Physical Science

Dates
Sunday 15 February 2015 - Saturday 21 February 2015

Our three scientists take children on a movement adventure, to learn about three magical potions that can transform your body in different ways!

Physical Science is an interactive dance performance for children aged 5-7 years, taking them on a journey through science.

Physical Science is designed with accessibility in mind, and a live audio narration and British Sign Language (BSL) are both integrated into the performance. We welcome children with speech and language learning needs, physical and sensory disabilities, and English as an Additional Language (EAL).


Reviews

"Science for kids, so it said on the press release, but once in the auditorium it seemed that the young folk were outnumbered by the grown ups, and once the show began I could see why...this is a show that anyone can understand"

Southwark News

Supported by

  • Norwegian Embassy
  • British Council
  • ffuk.no
  • Arts Council
  • Spenn.no