The Place Celebrates Bob Lockyer’s 70th Birthday

Via Press Release:

Richard Alston, Mark Baldwin, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Monica Mason celebrate Bob Lockyer’s 70th birthday

The Place’s Robin Howard Dance Theatre is holding a special night of dance on 13 April to celebrate Bob Lockyer, one of the major players in the development and establishment of dance in the UK, on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

Five outstanding dance artists – Richard Alston, Mark Baldwin, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Monica Mason – have been invited by Bob to curate an evening of original choreography either by creating a new piece or commissioning young talents.

The evening will feature dancers from Rambert Dance Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, Richard Alston Dance Company, London Contemporary Dance School and The Royal Ballet School, and live musical accompaniment. As well as performing Alston’s homage to Bob Lockyer, Richard Alston Dance Company will close the event with Shuffle It Right, one of Alston’s iconic pieces.

Bob Lockyer has been described as “one of the great heroes of British dance” (National Dance Critic’s Circle), whose 40-year career as director and producer of dance programmes for BBC television has played a huge part in developing the art form’s popularity:

Dance in all its forms has been part of my life for over 40 years, along with those who perform it, create it, and teach it. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my 70th birthday than by asking friends to present new works for this performance, supporting younger talents and giving us all a night to remember, whilst investing in the future of the art form I love the most. Thanks to their generosity, and yours, it will also raise funds to support the future.  Bob Lockyer

Tickets for this special performance (priced £20) include a £10 donation to be equally shared between two funds supporting the creation of new dance works: the Royal Philharmonic Society Drummond Fund and The Place’s Pioneering Fund. The performance takes place on 13 April at 7.30pm. For information and booking, visit The Place’s website.

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