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