Rural Dance goes digital
26 September 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber
This autumn, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative will present a series of online events in partnership with local rural touring schemes.
It will present three popular shows plus a new commission in an online autumn season:
- Lost Dog: In a Nutshell, 23 September–22 October
- Luca Silvestrini’s Protein: Border Tales, 9–15 October
- Uchenna Dance: The Head Wrap Diaries, 16–22 October
- Lanre Malaolu: Elephant in the Room, 23–29 October
- Scottish Dance Theatre: Introducing… Antigone, Interrupted, dates TBC
Lost Dog’s new short film, In a Nutshell, commissioned by the RTDI and The Place, envisages a world in which theatres will never open again. Lost Dog’s Ben Duke touches on themes of loneliness and isolation, the loss of human connections, and in particular the temporary community of strangers that make up a theatre audience.
Luca Silvestrini’s Protein will present Border Tales, first performed in 2013, told via a mix of dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences as a commentary on multicultural Britain seen through the eyes of an international cast.
The Head Wrap Diaries by Uchenna Dance is set in a hair salon and explores people and their ongoing relationship with hair. It blends club styles House, Waacking and Vogue with African and Contemporary Dance.
Fusing physical theatre, hip hop dance and spoken word, Lanre Malaolu’s Elephant in The Room is a solo that explores the mental health crisis and the phenomenon of toxic masculinity, asking how race, class and culture can affect the way we choose to address them.
Scottish Dance Theatre’s Introducing… Antigone, Interrupted is an online event combining footage from the company’s original stage production, scenes reimagined for the digital medium and a real-time meet-the-artist conversation with choreographer Joan Clevillé and dancer Solène Weinachter.