Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Place to be

A season of 78 new dance pieces kicks off 2012

While much has been made of the creative boost given to King’s Cross by recent the arrival of Central Saint Martins, the area has been an important centre for the dance world for many years, being home to The Place, the UK’s premier centre for contemporary dance, and The London Studio Centre, as well as having Sadler’s Wells just up the road.

Held every January and now in its 23rd year, The Place hosts Resolution!, an open season for short new pieces by emerging choreographers which has helped launched the career of many of the UK’s leading dance artists. In 2012 no fewer than 78 performances will take place over 6 weeks starting on Friday 6th January.

One of these will be Meeting Place, a duet by Hamish MacPherson and Martine Painter, who have let their varied interests and life experiences inspire the piece. Meeting Place plays with visually unfolding an algorithmic formula. As this takes place, an intimate and sometimes comic relationship emerges between the two dancers.

Photo by Marica Melotti

The dancers’ engagement with maths, science and philosophy reflects their diverse backgrounds: Martine read French studies, was a successful singer and is currently a librarian, and Hamish studied art and philosophy and is a civil servant.

It was their shared love of numbers and non-stylised movement that brought them together and over the summer they both worked as dance artists with choreographer Eva Recacha for the Choreodrome season at The Place, where they performed in the Touch Wood season. Inspired by this experience they have gone on to make their own work and, alongside the other Resolution! acts, could well be names to look out for in the future.

Meeting Place trailer

You can see Meeting Place on Tuesday 10th January at 8pm. Also performing on the night are CODA Dance/Nikki Watson and DO NOT DANCE UK/José Campos. Tickets are available here.

Details of Resolution! performances happening within the next 1-2 weeks can be found in the KXLDN events section, or visit The Place website for the full programme.
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