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Dance Umbrella 2005
dal 17/10/2005 al 18/10/2005
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Dance Umbrella 2005

South Bank Centre, London

A Brief Encounter with Jean Abreu (prior to Catherine Diverres performances); Catherine Diverres San & Stance II, a homage to Bauhaus master Oskar Schlemmer; a moody, visually arresting marriage between design and motion.

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A Brief Encounter with Jean Abreu (prior to Catherine Diverres performances)

Brazilian-born Jean Abreu has established himself as one of Britain's rising dance talents. He has earned world-wide acclaim and support for his inimitable movement style that successfully merges Latin and contemporary dance techniques.

Fijis is a trio developed from the work for which Jean was awarded a Jerwood Choreography Award in 2003. It is Jean's first group piece and fully explores his hybridised movement language and choreographic style. Fijis explores concepts of modern sexuality and how human instinct impacts on moral decisions. The work is an examination of the natural tensions generated between two men and a woman. This piece is complemented by music specially composed by John Metcalfe and lighting design by David Holmes. Brief Encounters is a Dance Umbrella initiative which seeks to provide a forum for both short works and talented new choreographers.

These works are performed prior to main stage shows.

Tuesday 18 October 2005, 7:00 pm
Purcell Room

Buy a ticket for the Catherine Diverrès event in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7.45pm and get a FREE ticket to this 7pm pre-concert performance. Not available online - call 0870 401 8181 for details

Catherine Diverres
San & Stance II

Catherine Diverrès made her mark in the 1980s when, turning her back on the dominant concepts of American postmodern dance and her classical training, she developed her own choreographic language and style. Dominated by striking visuals and poetic gestures, her work is provocative and profound.

San (beyond), a homage to Bauhaus master Oskar Schlemmer, is a moody, visually arresting marriage between design and motion. Surreal, angular and geometric, Diverrès’s sublime choreography for five dancers conjures up the shapes and colours of Schlemmer’s pioneering work.

In Stance II, a lone female figure in a long dress, stands silhouetted against a background of golden light. While Pier Paola Pasolini’s La Terra di lavoro plays into the void, she moves with her shadow to create a graceful and courageous response to the sad words of the song. Stance II was influenced by Diverrès’ time spent with Kazuo Ohno, a seminal practitioner of the post-war Japanese dance form, Butoh, and echoes the beauty and grace of classical Chinese and Japanese paintings.

"Superbly danced…a rare event as well as a true homage to the artist." Le Figaro (on San)

"The ultimate in grace. And Courage." Le Monde (on Stance II)

Tuesday 18 October 2005, 7:45 pm

Post-show Talk (18th Oct only): Catherine Diverres in conversation (Admission free to ticket holders, lasts approx. 30 mins)

South Bank Centre - London
Queen Elizabeth Hall
Purcell Room

Special Ticket Offer:
Buy a ticket for this performance and get a FREE ticket for A Brief Encounter with: Jean Abreu at 7pm in the Purcell Room. Not available online - call 0870 401 8181 for details.

(Subject to availability: Booking essential. Free tickets available only when both shows are booked at the same time.)

Tickets: £17.50 £15.00 £13.00 £11.00
Booking Fee: £1.50 Members: 75p
Groups: Call 0870 165 6000 (not available online)

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