Dance GB: Three UK Dance Companies Join Forces for the Olympics

Via Press Release:

In 2012, Dance GB sees English National Ballet, National Dance Company Wales and Scottish Ballet celebrating the Olympics in a unique creative collaboration. Echoing the British Olympic team, Team GB, Dance GB takes the Olympic ideals of “faster, higher, stronger” and translates them into an inspirational production performed in Glasgow, Cardiff and London. The tour will visit Glasgow’s Theatre Royal and Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, the final performances will be part of a week long series of events in a Big Top tent in the historic grounds of the Old RoyalNaval College in Greenwich. Dance GB is one of the highlights of a summer of events at the Old Royal Naval College marking the London 2012 Olympics.

In a dance celebration which unites the nations, Dance GB sees each company commissioning some of the world’s great contemporary choreographers: for Scottish Ballet, Martin Lawrance, who has created work for Richard Alston, Southbank Centre and The Place; for National Dance Company Wales, Christopher Bruce, whose affiliations include direction of Rambert Dance Company and Resident Choreographer at English National Ballet; and for English National Ballet, Itzik Galili whose work is performed by Dutch National Ballet, Batsheva Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theatre II and Rambert Dance Company amongst others.

The new works are to be performed together, showcasing the dance talent which is nurtured and developed within Britain today. Galili’s new piece for English National Ballet – And the Earth Shall Bear Again – takes English National Ballet’s dancers out of their comfort zone and stretches the boundaries of traditional classical ballet. The piece will feature music by John Cage and a host of young talent from across the world, with ten nations represented in Senior Principals Elena Glurdjidze, Erina Takahashi, and Fernanda Oliviera, as well as rising stars Vadim Muntagirov, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Esteban Berlanga and Lauretta Summerscales.

Dance GB in Greenwich will be part of a series of events taking place in the Big Top tent all part of Big Dance 2012. English National Ballet is partnering with Greenwich Dance and Greenwich Council to produce an interactive programme giving everyone the chance to dance. English National Ballet wants everyone to be inspired by dance.

Alongside the performances of Dance GB, Learning teams from each of three Companies will work together to produce Dancing Parallel, a national project bringing together 60 young people from local schools in Aberdeen, Cardiff and London. The young dancers will work with professional dance artists from the three companies for eight months, developing new skills including ballet and contemporary dance working towards a dance film, directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Nic Sandiland to be shown alongside Dance GB. Sandiland will be inspired by the young dancers’ views on their home towns, fusing the grace, energy and power of all the different dance styles being explored. There will also be a master-class in the Big Top tent led by the dancers and creative teams from Dance GB.

Tickets now on sale:

19 – 23 June, Glasgow Theatre Royal –
28 – 30 June, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff –
4 – 8 July, big top tent in grounds of Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich –

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