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UNITED KINGDOM: Impermanence presents dark futuristic dancework "SEXBOX" & new dance film "The Ballet of the Nations"

UNITED KINGDOM: Impermanence presents dark futuristic dancework "SEXBOX" & new dance film "The Ballet of the Nations"




Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place // Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth // University Theatre, Bath Spa University
London, Bristol and Bath, United Kingdom


Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 7:30pm
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:30pm


Impermanence presents 

three performances of its dark futuristic dancework SEXBOX:
The Place, London, 18 September; Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth 3 October; Bath Spa University 10 October 

the premiere of a new dance film The Ballet of the Nations based on Vernon Lee’s pacifist satire and narrated by actor Billy Zane:

Cambridge Festival of Ideas 16 October, then touring


Bristol-based Impermanence create and present performance pieces that set out to defy and challenge contemporary theatre norms. This autumn sees them give three performances of their dancework SEXBOX and premiere their first short feature film, The Ballet of the Nations.

SEXBOX sits somewhere between conventional contemporary dance work, fashion show, cabaret night, art installation, punk gig and music video. It brings to life a dark sci-fi world where ideas of gender fluidity, queer expression and sexual liberation are explored through the lens of pioneering electronic musician, Ursula Bogner. Working from her DIY studio in 60s suburban Germany, Bogner was inspired by the controversial feminist psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich who believed the healthy expression of sexual energy was the route to salvation.

Bogner’s music is mixed with that of other composers and archive interviews between Bogner and Reich themselves in a soundscape designed by Daniel Hay-Gordon with Eleanor Perry. Pam Tait’s retro designs reflect Reich’s idealist dream.

The tenth Cambridge Festival of Ideas hosts the premiere of Impermanence’s first short feature film The Ballet of the Nations narrated by Hollywood actor Billy Zane whose credits range from Titanicto Twin Peaks.

The 50-minute film was inspired by the 1915 pacifist satire, The Ballet of the Nations, written by Vernon Lee and illustrated by Maxwell Armfield as a response to World War One. Impermanence’s film incorporates original dialogue and a narrative of intricate stylised dance pieces inspired by Lee’s text which imagines war as a diabolical dance choreographed by Satan and Death. The dance descends into a massacre, locking the nations of the world into an endless cycle of slaughter and mutilation. 

Directed by Impermanence’s co-founders Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim making their directorial debut, The Ballet of the Nations was shot across various locations in England in summer 2018 including Brean Down, Sandham Memorial Chapel and the tunnels under Bristol Temple Meads.




Tuesday 18 September at 7.30pm

Robin Howard Dance Theatre, The Place

17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9Y

Box office: 020 7121 1100 / www.theplace.org
Tickets: £17 (£13 concessions) 


Wednesday 3 October at 7.30pm

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth 

Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Box office: 01202 203630 / www.pdsw.org.uk
Tickets: £14 (£12/£8 concessions)


Wednesday 10 October at 7.30pm

University Theatre, Bath Spa University 

Newton Park Campus, Newton Saint Loe, Bath BA2 9BN
Box office: www.bathspalive.com
Tickets: £12 (£10/£6 concessions)


The Ballet of the Nations

Tuesday 16 October at 7.30pm

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Frankopan Hall, Jesus College, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BL
Tickets: Free

Box office: Booking opens 24 September through Eventbrite

The film screening will be followed by a Q&A and discussion with Impermanence, Dr Claudia Tobin (University of Cambridge) and Dr Grace Brockington (University of Bristol).

There will a further 13 screenings of The Ballet of the Nations including a London screening, dates to be announced soon.

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