OUTLANDS – UK TOUR 2017. A triple bill of contemporary dance by and for three female choreographers from India and the UK



A triple bill of contemporary dance by and for three female choreographers from India and the UK

World premiere tour of The BENCH India and The BENCH UK commissions

Confirms cultural ties between India and the UK as part of UK-India Year of Culture 2017


Media release:  2Faced Dance Company is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations and under the artistic directorship of Tamsin Fitzgerald it presents OUTLANDS in autumn 2017.

The brand new triple bill of contemporary dance, showcases and celebrates some of the best up and coming female choreographers. Hemabharathy Palani and Ronita Mookerji from India and Emma Jayne Park from the UK create and perform in their individual works for OUTLANDS.

OUTLANDS is a unique collaboration and builds on an already strong international relationship between 2Faced Dance and the South Asian dance sector and is an outcome of The BENCH UK, The BENCH India and Arts Council England Reimagine India programme (see notes).

Kicking off the evening is Yashti by Bangalore based Hemabharathy Palani. At the heart of new work is the ‘woman’ and inspired by the story of the Tulasi plant and tales of conflict, confrontation, jealousy, and growth, Yashti is a solo piece performed by Palani. Yashti is accompanied by the poetry of Andal and Akka Mahadevi and classical Indian music composed by Miguel Marin.

In Ronita Mookerji’s work WHO, the choreographer asks: ‘Who am I? What defines me? Where do I belong? I feel this extreme sense of being stuck, confined and imprisoned but what is my true identity? WHO explores what we have lost? What do we come back to? Home, the place where we belong.’ Hailing from Bangalore in India, Mookerji is joined on stage by contemporary dance and performance artist Prashant More.

Using movement and text in It’s Not Over Yet (please note title change, previously Here Before Now) choreographer Emma Jayne Park invites you to share part of her life only those closest to her witnessed. Inspired by Park’s own cancer diagnosis, treatment and remission, It’s Not Over Yet is a journey of remembering, evaluating life choices and exploring why they even matter.

Park adds: “I said I’d never make a show about having cancer. This is a show about having cancer. Two years ago, aged 30, I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. This is part of the story, but it’s not over yet.”

During Park’s treatment and remission, she was deeply affected by being unable to access live performance. It’s Not Over Yet, created by Park under the mentorship of Charlotte Vincent, is the first stage in developing quality theatre work that can be reshaped into intimate home-based performances considering the specific needs of people who are house bound for medical reasons. Working in partnership with The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, these short works will engage with a variety of themes and art forms to offer those who cannot attend the theatre the same privilege as our visiting audiences.

All three dance-makers are recipients of The BENCH commissions. The BENCH, 2Faced Dance’s pioneering training initiative for female choreographers is the brainchild of Tamsin Fitzgerald and developed by the company in response to concerns about the lack of equality within the dance sector.

Palani and Mookerji successfully bid for commissions during the inaugural The BENCH India. Launched in February 2017 at the Attakkalari Biennial in Bangalore, the first conference of its kind in South Asia, welcomed 60 delegates and discussed the role of women in the arts across the region.

Park is one of eight female artists being supported during The BENCH UK, now in its 2nd year. During the programme she is joined by THE BENCH UK choreographic fellows Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Laila Diallo, Keira Martin, Jo Meredith, Seeta Patel, Sonia Sabri and Catherine Young.

Tamsin Fitzgerald, artistic director of 2Faced Dance Company, said: As the world and arts sector wake up to the importance of equality across the board, our timely OUTLANDS tour couldn’t be more poignant. It celebrates and showcases three young female choreographers and further highlights the need for programmes such as The BENCH here in the UK and across the world. The work of these young choreographers, and their choreographic language, might not have been discovered or seen in the UK without them. There’s still more work to do, but OUTLANDS gets us closer to our goal of equality across the contemporary dance sector. We welcome Hemabharathy, Ronita and Emma into the 2Faced Dance fold and thank all our supporters for making these choreographic opportunities come to light.”

Outlands’ intimate evening of work from two polarised continents, confirms deep cultural ties between India and the UK as part of UK-India Year of Culture 2017 and is supported by Arts Council England, British Council and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

2Faced Dance Company – OUTLANDS UK TOUR 2017 listings information #OUTLANDS

DEDA Derby
Wed 27 September 2017
Tickets: www.deda.uk.com / 01332 370 911

Kala Sangam Arts Centre Bradford

Thu 28 September

Tickets: www.kalasangam.org / 01274 303340

mac birmingham Birmingham
Fri 29 September 2017
Tickets: www.macbirmingham.co.uk / 0121 446 3232

Salisbury Arts Centre
Sat 30 September 2017
Tickets: www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk / 01722 321 744

The Place London
Tue 3 October 2017
Tickets: www.theplace.org.uk / 020 7121 1100

The Lowry Salford Quays
Wed 4 October 2017
Tickets: www.thelowry.com / 0843 208 6000

Swindon Dance Swindon
Fri 6 October 2017
Tickets: www.swindondance.org.uk / 01793 601700

The Courtyard Hereford
Tue 10 October 2017
Tickets: www.courtyard.org.uk / 01432 340555

DURATION: 80 minutes (including interval)

2Faced Dance Company is based in the stunning rural town of Hereford. Under the helm of artistic director and choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald, the award winning, international dance company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performances alongside an ambitious participation programme and captivating community dance initiatives that truly reflect the landscape in which they are based. This allows the company to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to their audiences. 2Faced Dance tours extensively across the UK and internationally and aims to work with cutting edge and culturally diverse designers, venues, organisations and individuals. The company supports and mentors local artists whilst advocating on behalf of the wider dance industry by challenging and inspiring different sectors of society. 2Faced Dance is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. www.2faceddance.co.uk

2Faced Dance are at the forefront of the gender equality debate within the dance sector with their pioneering programme for female choreographers, The BENCH. In 2016, 2Faced Dance Company launched Year 2 of The BENCH UK and Year 1 of The BENCH India. To find out more about The BENCH visit: www.the-bench.org

Reimagine India is a cultural exchange programme investing in creative collaborations between art and cultural organisations in England and in India. Its purpose is to create new work and to build sustainable networks and partnerships between artists and cultural leaders in both countries, as well as to develop an intercultural dialogue and strengthened cultural relations based on this exchange of ideas, knowledge, work and artistic practice.

2Faced Dance The BENCH India 2017 trailer

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