Following an intensive workshop with students from the Sandringham
School, St. Albans the performance opened with the students putting their
own spin on Jose Agudo’s (Choreographer) work entitled “Inside the Animal”. All the Students worked well together helping the audience
to sense the tribal nature of the animal world.
The audience was treated to a set of exciting new works as detailed below;-
Didy Veldman (Choreographer)
The theme of this piece was communication and how we take up the challenge of this in todays society. Communication was expressed
by dancer Corrie Mckenzie breaking off from the rest of the group holding a microphone and shouting about her Scottish roots. As Corrie was speaking the rest of the dancers where swaying to the sound of a mariachi band. This left you feeling as if you didn't quite know what was going on.
Anthony Missen (Choreographer)
Bucket list B
This piece seemed to be all about motives, some hidden some obvious. We were introduced to a comfortable disco scene accompanied by Candi Staton’s song “Young hearts run free” Then a nice disco scene turned ugly with Jack Nelson (male dancer) being confronted and mocked with very negative language. Some of the crowd of dancer’s at one point thought he was dead , instead of trying to come to his aid they just sat on top of him. Suddenly a group of dancer’s ran onto the stage and a set of staccato questions were asked of individual dancers. Noisy clapping greeted each answer to questions asked .
Jose Agudo - (Choreographer)
Inside the animal
This energetic dance started with the dancers kneeling on the the floor to the rhythmic beating of jungle drums. The speeding beat of the music was fast and furious calling to the wild side of the jungles nature. The dancers transported you to the jungle where the beats of the drums and rhythm of the sitar echoed. The audience were engulfed in the natural habitat and behaviour of the animals .
Liz Aggiss - (Choreographer)
A revival of the hit (from 2015 )
This was a walk through the History of Dance set to the sound of Shirley Bassey, “History Repeating”.
The homage included:-
The Egyptian Dance - Wilson Kepple.
The Westside Story -Finger clickers
In one section of this dance the music changed to a much quiter slower pace. The dancers produced red hankies and crying music was heard. The cry went out “why are you weeping?
Answer- for our lost
Question- what have you lost
Answer- we cant remember ,we weep for what we do not know
we weep for our past
we weep because we must.
Towards the finale a young dancer appeared shouting
“ I want to be a fish , I want to a trout.
The dancer's grouped together toward the back of the stage. The one lone dancer took centre stage and wriggled and wriggled like a fish caught on the hook. Suddenly the fish is still, then the call comes
“I will not stop , you’ve run out of time, I’ve barely started. “
The fish dies Shirley Bassey’s powerful voice booms out over the stage with
“History Repeating “
Mapdance Spring Tour 2019
10th May 2019 The London School of Contemporary Dance ,The Place
16th May2019 University of Chichester , Dance Studies.