The Solo Collective from Dance City

Published: 12 August 2020
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Collective

Dance City’s post-graduate company, The Collective, is to première a digital dance performance, The Solo Collective, on 27 August.

Fusing together a collection of socially distanced solos by the company, The Solo Collective explores themes of identity, society and media within the unprecedented circumstances in which we now live.

The company has been working closely with programme leader David Lloyd and choreographer Neville Campbell, as well as physical theatre companies Gecko and Lost Dog, over an intensive four-week period to present an array of movement styles from physical theatre to '70s disco, waacking and tutting, all combined at the direction of Lloyd and film-maker David Allinson.

The company was due to embark on a national tour this summer with a double bill of works created by Lloyd and Ben Duke of Lost Dog which had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. Whilst locked down, they have come together to create a series of socially distanced solo works under the mentorship of a number of choreographers which have now been combined into a film.

The digital première of this new work will be accompanied by an introduction by David Lloyd and a post-show discussion with performers and contributing choreographers led by Dance City’s new Artistic Director and CEO Anand Bhatt.

This is a digital event, it will not be taking place inside the Dance City building. After booking for the event via Dance City's web site, audience members will be sent a confirmation e-mail followed by a private link on the day of the event which will become live at the time of the première (7:30 on Thursday 27 August).