Tracing Movement's filmed dance piece Rebound

Published: 3 December 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Rebound Credit: Benjamin Thomas

Tracing Movement's Rebound is a filmed dance piece performed onstage at Theatre Royal Stratford East directed and choreographed by Stuart Winter and performed by professional dancers Ben Brown, Michael Duke, Lukas Hunt, Robin Kent, Justin Lee Jones and Daniel Monteiro, available on YouTube.

It was created from Tracing Movement Reboot, a three-week programme which ran in October and November offering support and development to freelance professional dancers and those recently graduated who were unable to train or perform due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Winter said, “Rebound lets you plug in to the sensations dancers feel while performing. By inviting you onto the stage, you witness the current of energy that drives movement and the joy felt by the artists. I’ve tried to capture the feeling from the end of the original recording of Unsquare Dance where the band burst into laughter in surprise that they made it through in one take. I want to express that feeling from the dancer’s perspective: what does it feel like when you get to the end of a combination?

"It was so powerful to be back in a theatre, making this film. We got to breathe some life back onto the stage and make a piece of art which shows the strength and ability of dancers to rebound from the pandemic.”