Tuesday, 7 August 2007

Dance Umbrella 2007: Mark Your Calendar for October!

Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8REBox Office: 020 8293 9741


Greenwich Dance Agency

gDA presents the UK premiere of

Andreja Rauch’s


part of Dance Umbrella 2007

Thursday 25, Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October 2007

7.45pm £12/£9 concs

Meet the Artist: Friday 26 October; free to ticket holders after the performance.

In its ninth year of collaboration, gDA and Dance Umbrella host another unique event in the Borough Hall. This year, award-winning young Slovenian artist Andreja Rauch stages the UK premiere of Weavers, a creative mix of installation art, film and dance. Five dancers, four stories, two spaces... bound together like the warp and weft of a carpet.

This atmospheric and subtle performance begins its narrative in the heady heights of the Borough Hall balcony with a short film featuring Andreja and British-based dancer, Henry Montes (a mainstay of Siobhan Davies Dance). Then, guided to the main performance space, the audience is immersed in the action and surrounded by the choreography. Andreja and her dancers subtly weave together the four stories with gentle, mesmerising movement.

Andreja Rauch has been a regular Dance Umbrella performer with Charles Linehan Company. Trained at the London Contemporary Dance School, this Slovenian-born dancer/choreographer has been a notable presence in such Linehan pieces as Grand Junction, New Quartet and Happy Days. She now makes her Dance Umbrella choreographic debut with Weavers, which earlier this year won a special jury prize at the Gibanica - Moving Cake Festival in Ljubljana. According to journalist Donald Hutera: ‘In terms of performance, Rauch has been one of the best reasons to watch British dance during the past five years or so’.

Since its inception in 1993, Greenwich Dance Agency (gDA) has built an international reputation for quality and innovation. Based in the historic former Borough Hall, gDA is a meeting place for professional dance artists and the local community. gDA hosts and produces a vast array of activities from cutting edge contemporary dance events to a comprehensive programme of youth projects, tea dances, classes and courses. gDA also provides activities such as school dance clubs, youth collectives and chair-based movement sessions for older people in a range of other venues throughout the borough. gDA's extensive professional development programme for dance is recognised as one of the most important and valued resources for emerging and established artists in this country. Many of the UK's brightest choreographic talents - amongst them Michael Clark, Akram Khan, Jonathan Burrows, Fin Walker, and Russell Maliphant - have chosen gDA as their rehearsal and research base for creating new work.

gDA’s director, Brendan Keaney, was presented with the prestigious Dance UK Industry Award at the 2005 National Dance Awards, held at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in January 2006. The Dance UK Industry Award honours an individual working in dance who has made an outstanding contribution to the art form beyond the scope of their usual role. This special award aims to highlight the many important but often unacknowledged contributions that make a real difference to how dance is created, supported and seen.

gDA is funded by Greenwich Council and Arts Council England.

Dance Umbrella

Dance Umbrella celebrates and champions contemporary dance and is dedicated to the development of choreography, choreographers and dancers; it has been doing this successfully since 1978. Dance Umbrella’s annual London festival now ranks highly among Europe’s leading international dance festivals and the organisation is recognised as one of Britain’s most adventurous dance promoters presenting a year round programme of work in and across the UK.

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