Published: 3 May 2023
Reporter: Vera Liber

Oxana Panchenko, Yos Clark and Bryony Pennington in Cosmic Yoghurt Credit: Jame Randall

A new evening of work from IMPERMANENCE, the contemporary dance company run by Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim, will feature three live works and one short film, all set to original new scores.

Venus for seven dancers, part of the company’s examination of the growth of radical ideologies in the early 20th century, takes its name from Suffragette Mary Richardson’s vandalisation of the Rokeby Venus painting at the National Gallery in protest at women being denied the vote. Richardson would later go on to lead the Women's Section of the British Union of Fascists. The dancers are Roseanna Anderson, Joshua Ben-Tovim, Kip Johnson, Alessandro Marzotto-Levy, Kennedy Jr. Muntanga, Mayowa Ogunnaike and Oxana Panchenko.

Enemy of the Stars, a duet, is a dance adaptation of Wyndham Lewis’s play of the same name, considered by some to be the first ever modernist play and published as part of the Vorticist manifesto BLAST. Ben-Tovim created Enemy of the Stars with dancers Kennedy Jr. Muntanga and Evan Schwarz with mentoring from the late Sir Robert Cohan.

Cosmic Yoghurt, for three dancers, is a homage to British Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, drawing on her paintings, stories and speeches.

Short film Feral is based on the book Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life by George Monbiot, who also appears in the film. The performers are Roseanna Anderson, Solomon Anderson-Bentovim, Alexandra Brown, Kip Johnson and George Monbiot.

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