From a blend of dance and digital projections aimed at children, to a reimagining of how we value our landscape, homes and communities, to an exploration of different ages and generations, the 2017 Autumn season at Laban Theatre has lots to offer all audiences on the doorstep of South East London.
Staging Ages is a groundbreaking project from award-winning Scandinavian company H2 Dance. Featuring dancers aged from just 10, all the way up to 66, the show explores generation gaps, norms, taboos, dignity, expectations and prejudices. Sitting at the intersection of dance, theatre and performance, each performer draws on their own childhood memories, and what they imagine it will be like to grow older.
As part of Dance Umbrella 2017 – London’s International Dance Festival – Spanish company Cia Maduixa present DOT, a blend of dance and digital projections aimed at children that is fun for the whole family. DOT is as mind-bogglingly clever as it is charming, revolving around worlds of light, colour and imagination, revealing a choreographic playground of wonder and discovery.
Brighton-based choreographer and performer Theo Clinkard will return to Laban Theatre with This Bright Field, after previewing the work earlier this year. In two parts, the first brings the audience on stage for an intimate encounter with the dancers within a maze of moving screens. In the second, the audience return to their seats to experience Clinkard’s choreography on a cinematic scale.
Also part of the Dance Umbrella Festival is Charlotte Spencer’s Is This A Wasteland? which has been co-commisioned by the Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban partnership. Set on a disused piece of land between an historic flour mill and London City Airport, this immersive performance invites audiences to reimagine how we value our landscape, homes and communities. As day turns into night, audiences will be given headphones and offered instructions amidst a constantly shifting soundscape.