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Cow's Rainy Day

 

Dates
Thursday 20 February - Sunday 1 March
Times
11:30 am, 2:00 pm, 4:30 pm

Not all times apply to all days; see below for details
Days of the week
Thursday, Sunday
Ticket price
£3.00
£2.00 (southwark residents)
£Free (Under 18 months)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - no booking fee

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


Cow is very excited about celebrating his best friend Amy's birthday. He's planning to make her the most amazing card she's ever seen.

But things don't go quite to plan and Cow feels down.

Luckily Amy is there to help Cow feel better - but she needs some helpers. Can you join her and cheer Cow up?

Cow's Rainy Day is a new short play for children, about learning new things, accepting mistakes, trying hard and being friends.

Suitable for ages 2+

Running Time: 30 minutes approx

Performances:
Thursday 20th Feb - 11.30am, 2pm & 4.30pm
Thursday 27th Feb - 2pm & 4.30pm
Sunday 1st March - 11.30am, 2pm & 4.30pm


Dance

The Cocoon

Presented as part of Elefeet dance festival

Date
Wednesday 4 March
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£8.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - booking fee applies

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


This raw and uplifting celebration of womanhood uses music, spoken word and exhilarating choreography to explore the female experience. On this humorous, poignant and empowering journey, we encounter mothers, daughters, sisters and friends as we shift and emerge into new worlds, from Greggs in Leeds to the beaches of Cornwall and everywhere in between. These worlds and the stories within are a colourful mix of fantasy and reality. With stories gathered and shared by women's groups across Greater Manchester, this work searches to connect women to each other, and to themselves.

The Cocoon premiered at Z Arts in 2019 to great acclaim and now embarks on performances in both Manchester and London. With a newly commissioned musical score by Richard Smithson, and an updated cast of five unapologetically fearless female dancers, The Cocoon promises to be a joyous celebration of femininity.

Coalesce Dance Theatre is a Manchester-based, female-led contemporary dance company. Directors Fern Wareham and Rachel Maffei have established an ethos that places people at the heart of their practice. Coalesce Dance Theatre approach subjects that are current and topical, uplifting and engaging audiences with their thoughtfully crafted choreography.

The company was formed in 2017 and have received a number of commissions, as well as support by Arts Council England's Grants for the Art for a range of projects.

Praise for Coalesce Dance Theatre's previous work:

"Episodes are knitted together with unison movement hinting at strength, comradeship and the multidimensionality of femininity...thoughtfully crafted and elegantly performed."
Emma Hopley - Emma Reviews Shows.

Recommended for ages 12+

Coalesce Dance Theatre - The Cocoon (Trailer) from CoalesceDance on Vimeo.


Directors
Fern Wareham & Rachel Maffei
Composer
Richard Smithson
Artistic Mentorship
Keira Martin
Producer
Laura Broome
Graphic Design & Technical Support
Emily Davidson
Image Credit
Josh Hawkins
Cast
Emily Barber, Jenna Anne Nathan, Jemma Stein & Rebecca Callow

Supported by

Dance

Good Blood

by Keira Martin in collaboration with Sioda Adams

Presented as part of Elefeet dance festival

Date
Friday 6 March
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - booking fee applies

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


Good Blood looks closely at the relationship of two sisters. Keira and Sioda use dance, live music, song and storytelling to bring hilarious, nostalgic and familiar family scenarios to the stage. Their honesty and humour shed light on the bonds that hold us together, the people that make us who we are and the ties that bind us.

Keira Martin and Sioda Adams were born and bred in Barnsley, Yorkshire. They trained at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and have gone on to have successful careers working for the past 20 years travelling around the globe, including; Bermuda, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Brazil, Spain, USA and Ireland, to name a few.

The two sisters are inspired and influenced by their working-class upbringing, politics, Ireland, dance and music. They are both mothers and have an unforgettable dynamic that is humorous and heartwarming. If there is one thing they both agree on, it’s that you don’t get owt without hard graft.

Commissioned by Northern School of Contemporary Dance - Northern Connections, 2Faced Dance Company - The Bench Seed funding, with support from Yorkshire Dance, Vincent Dance Theatre, Spin Arts and Dance City. Funded by Arts Council England.

Praise for previous work:

"These are the stories that people must hear; this is the art people must experience if we are going to live in the compassionate world most of us desire to live in."
danceartjournal.com

"The sheer physicality of the performance was stunning visceral"
Audience Member


Concept and direction
Keira Martin choreographed in collaboration with Sioda Adams
Performers
Keira Martin and Sioda Adams
Director
Charlotte Vincent
Music
Jamie Roberts
Images
Joe Armitage
Lighting Design
Huw Williams
Costume Design
Ryan Laight
Producer
Sarah Shead, Spin Arts

Supported by

Dance

Love Your Mind

Presented as part of Elefeet dance festival

Date
Friday 13 March
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£8.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - booking fee applies

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


Love you, love your mind.

EQ Dance Company presents its first mental health dance evening Love Your Mind.

EQDC hopes to make this a first of many events to help support and join the mental health conversations through the medium they know best, dance. This evening consists of exploration around the topics around loneliness, growing up, self-reflection, and male mental health.

Come see this evening of live dance, and dance film made by Artistic Director David West, and member Ana Cristina De Albuquerque. Come join the conversation, meet others that share an interest in creating a healthier, happier society in body, mind, and soul.

EQDC is an exploratory project-based company of dance artists, working in collaboration to create and deliver dance experiences with impact based in London.

Led by choreographer and Artistic Director David West, EQDC connects freelance artists with a group of talented dancers to explore and enliven creative ideas, and advocates for positive mental health.

Content warning:
Stigma MH contains references to suicide.
Recommended for ages 15+, or 12+ with parental supervision.


Choreographer
David West
Writer
Josh Baker Mendoza
Dance film by
Ana Cristina De Albuquerque
Dancers
Eva Gonzalez, Melanie Little, Liam Hill and Panagiotis Pavlopoulos
Dance

Murmurations: The Last Bird & Seeing Earth

by Counterpoint Dance Company and Lunar Salute Company

Presented as part of Elefeet dance festival

Date
Sunday 15 March
Time
4:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£7.00 (southwark residents)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - Booking Fee Applies

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


A Counterpoint Dance Company and Lunar Salute Company double Bill

Counterpoint Dance Company presents Murmurations: The Last Bird.

Murmurations: The last Bird is a dance work that questions the world as we observe its slow destruction through human behaviour. We are observing climate change, a change in the resources of our planet and what impact that has on humans and animals. We ask: What would happen if there was only one bird left? How would we feel if nature was destroyed? If we would not be able to hear another bird singing?

Counterpoint Dance Company share a passion for valuing older dancers and their potential by developing them as dance artists and performers. They believe in bringing high quality work to theatres, festivals, community and non-traditional arts settings. With their work, they wish to inspire younger and older people to go beyond their limitations, believing as they do in the transformational power of dance.

With thanks to Ann Clifford for the inspiration provided by her poem, Murmurations, and to Silvana Desira for her contribution to costume design and choice.

Seeing Earth

Have we let the planet down?

Only fifty years since the moon landings, is the Earth irretrievably broken thanks to our careless behaviour?

Seeing Earth shows how we landed on the moon and saw Earth for the first time. It takes the elements of Earth, Air, Sun and Sea, showing their beauty and questioning the future.

Lunar Salute Company is a small collective of older professional dancers who came together in 2019 to make pieces that challenge everyday beliefs and expectations. Their first piece Lunar Salute was made for a celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landings and was danced under Luke Jerram’s moon sculpture at Bloomsbury Festival. Following the success of Lunar Salute's first showing, the collective have developed work, expaning on the theme of a view of the Earth from space. In Seeing Earth, they ask if that perspective of incredible beauty has stuck with us?

Lunar Salute consist of three core members, Fionuala Power, Simona Scotto, Teresa Thornber-Mann (known as TT). For this performance at Blue Elephant Theatre, they will be joined by guest artists Nicholas Minns and Kim Mendez.

Original concept: Teresa Thornber-Mann

Music: from Skylight by Kim Planert

Photo Credit: Chris Daw


Dance

Treasure

Presented as part of Elefeet dance festival

Date
Monday 23 March
Time
8:00 pm
Ticket price
£10.00
£9.00 (concessions)
£7.50 (southwark residents)
Online booking
Tickets Ignite - booking fee applies

To speak to the box office directly, please ring us on 020 7701 0100.


When the storm comes, what will you hold on to?

Our lives are shaped by our connection to the sea. It flows through our memories and our history, with each passing day measured by the turning tide.

Treasure is a fearless and physical dance performance, exploring our innate human fascination with our seas and coastlines. Through powerful movement and beautiful original music, five dancers uncover our deep-buried past and confront a future shaped by climate change and pollution.

As seas rise and ecosystems start to collapse, Treasure asks: what have we lost? And what happens now?

This emotive work sets urgent questions alongside a rush of explosive dance that echoes the power and unpredictable beauty of the sea.

Forged Line Dance company was founded in 2016, and is based in Bath. The company creates accessible and thought-provoking contemporary dance, telling human stories inspired by science and heritage. Forged Line’s first work Lina told the story of sibling astronomers William and Caroline Herschel, and toured in 2017 and 2018.

Treasure makes use of some flickering (but not strobing) lights during the performance. Please contact the Box Office on 020 7701 0100 or email info@blueelephanttheatre.co.uk for further information.


Artistic Director
Emily Brown
Score composed by
Cam Crook
Lighting design
Ellie Bookham
Cast
Luke Antysz, Emily Brown, Tia Hancy, Vicki Hearne and Deepraj Singh

Supported by