Wednesday, 22 August 2007

The gDA Cabaret in September!

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

Greenwich Dance Agency

presents a new season of
The gDA Cabaret
its unique monthly cabaret event
Friday 14 September 2007
Doors: 7.30pm; Start: 8pm

Tickets: £15/£10 concs
Special offers:
Offer one: 10% off when you book a table of six
Offer two: £10 for Early Bird bookings (applicable up to three weeks prior to performance)

The gDA Cabaret is back! The new season kicks off with a typically varied and exciting bill including acrobatics, 20 tubas, a poetry-spouting Scottish Elvis, and some fantastic contemporary dance.

The gDA Cabaret is a unique addition to the dance world featuring an intriguing line-up of dance and performance acts, work-in-progress, excerpts and snippets: a place for the experimental and the tried-and-tested to dance together cheek-to-cheek. The event celebrates the social side of dance, and makes for a fantastic night out. Enjoy table service in the magnificent setting of the art deco Borough Hall, plus comedy introductions, and a line-up featuring artists and companies from the worlds of contemporary dance, acrobalance, film, breakdance and music.

The gDA Cabaret dates for 2007 are: Friday 12 October (a Black History Month special); Friday 9 November (Remember November theme), and Friday 7 December (xtra special exams extravaganza)

September’s Cabaret features:

Wendy Houstoun
Wendy creates work which exploits the tension between language and movement, and her work has been called both 'sophisticated and multi-layered' and 'hilarious and ludicrous'. She creates work in many formats (theatre, video, site specific) and is interested in communicating directly, honestly and with humour. A recent winner of the Jerwood Award, Wendy has made a number of solos: Haunted, Daunted and Flaunted, Happy Hour and The 48 Almost Love Lyrics all of which toured Europe, USA and Australia. She has collaborated with artists: David Hinton (filmmaker), Tim Etchells (writer), Jonathan Burrows (dancer), John Avery (musician) and recently with performers: Narelle Benjamin, Julie- Anne Long, Brian Carbee and Michael Whaites on a new piece In The Dark which premiered in Sydney this year.

Bedlam Dance Company
Under the direction of Jerwood award winner Yael Flexer, Bedlam Dance Company has been creating critically acclaimed contemporary dance for the past 11 years. Originally formed by Yael as Choreographer in Residence at The Place Theatre, the company has gained a considerable reputation for producing work that is honest, humorous and human as well as technically sophisticated. Bedlam values a rigorous and democratic approach to collaboration with performers and artists of other disciplines, fusing idiosyncratic movement, contemporary music and new technology.

Array/Darren Johnston
Darren Johnston is a choreographer, performer, sound and video artist whose distinct, whose innovative productions have won him wide recognition across Europe and beyond. He is founder and Artistic Director of Array.

So & So Circus Theatre
So & So is Lauren Hendry and Kaveh Rahnama, recent graduates of Circus Space. Described as ‘daring and dramatic’ by The Stage, and ‘outstanding’ by The Observer, So & So specialises in using theatre and circus to create highly visual, acrobatic pieces. Its first full length show, The Hot Dots, will premiere at Hoxton Hall in December, and tonight you can catch a preview of the piece featuring two characters from the world of 1930’s Vaudeville.

Elvis McGonagall
Stand-up poet, armchair revolutionary and recumbent rocker, Elvis McGonagall is the sole resident of The Graceland Caravan Park somewhere near Dundee where he scribbles verse whilst drinking malt whisky, listening to Johnny Cash and throwing heavy objects at his portable telly. Elvis is the 2006 World Slam Champion, the compere of the notorious Blue Suede Sporran Club, and is one of the poets occasionally in residence on BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

Oren Marshall
Dubbed ‘the Jimi Hendrix of the tuba’ by The Guardian, Oren Marshall is a pioneering player of acoustic and electric tuba who, crossing between classical, jazz, improvised and world music, has collaborated with the likes of Derek Bailey, Keith Tippet, the Pan-African Orchestra and the London Philharmonic. Oren was a member of the seminal 1980's jazz collective Loose Tubes, as well as outfits such as London Brass, Jazz Warriors, Microgroove and Mervyn Africa’s band. Tonight he assembles a cast of 20 tuba players.

Shabari Rao
Shabari completed her undergraduate degree in Kathak and Choreography in India before gaining a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies from Laban. She worked with Natya-STEM, a South-Asian contemporary and classical company from 1999 to 2004 and since has been involved with creating and performing for independent dance projects.

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.

Press enquiries to: Helen Maleed
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