April 29th, 2013

Me with Red Ribbon

Olivier Awards: Congratulations to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time!

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The Olivier Awards Website can be found here:
http://www.olivierawards.com/home/

It was the Olivier Awards tonight and the clear winner was The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a National Theatre production, which romped home with 7 Awards:

1) MasterCard Best New Play: The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
2) Best Director: Marianne Elliott for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
3) Best Actor: Luke Treadaway for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
4) Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nicola Walker for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
5) White Light Award for Lighting Design: Paule Constable for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
6) Best Sound Design: Ian Dickinson and Adrian Sutton for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)
7) XL Video Award for Best Set Design: Bunny Christie and Finn Ross for The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (National Theatre, Cottesloe)

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CREATIVES AND CAST OF THE CURIOUS INCIDENT AND TO THE NATIONAL THEATRE!

A full list of all the Olivier Awards Winners can be found here:
http://www.olivierawards.com/news/view/item183898/curious-night-at-the-oliviers/

Follow this link to further details on, and my personal reaction to, Curious Incident:
http://mycroft-brolly.livejournal.com/386718.html
Me with Red Ribbon

Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back, Hofesh Shechter Company, Sadler's Wells

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Uprising
Photo credit: http://londondance.com/whats-on/shechter-uprising-the-art-of-not-looking-back/

Today (Monday 29 April) I went to see Uprising & The Art of Not Looking Back by the Hofesh Shechter Company at Sadler's Wells.

Cut and pasted from the Sadler's Wells Website:

Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter has become one of the UK’s most celebrated young artists of recent years. He returns to present this thrilling double bill of two of his most acclaimed works for all-male and all-female companies respectively, Uprising and The Art of Not Looking Back.

Uprising (2006) is a highly-charged work that leaves audiences buzzing, as seven male dancers from Hofesh Shechter Company emerge from the shadows to bombard the stage with furious energy. Set to Shechter’s throbbing percussive score, this dynamic production plays with the idea of masculinity, exploring brotherhood and friendship, and is considered by many to be his breakthrough work.

The Art of Not Looking Back (2009) is inspired by and made for the world-class female dancers of Hofesh Shechter Company. Physical, complex and unrelenting, it explores loss and separation and presents Shechter’s favoured theme of ‘man against the world’ in a different and entrancing light.

This is the trailer:



Raks's Reaction

I was completely absorbed and totally blown away by these two dance pieces and by this dance company.

These are my short reactions to the two pieces:

Uprising:
WOW! Mind-blowing powerful dramatic and innovative dance, combined with impactful music. Sensational!

The Art of Not Looking Back:
A mother walking out on you leaves you broken :( Very disturbing and incredibly powerful.

To summarise, it was the first time I had seen the Hofesh Shechter Company but, based solely on tonight's performance, I would DEFINITELY make a special effort to see them again!

Sadler's Wells

Whilst I am on, I wanted to give a special shout out to Sadler's Wells. It is the ONLY venue that I regularly frequent to see dance. I LOVE Sadler's Wells. If you go there you are guaranteed exceptional dance at a reasonable price in a fab, welcoming and friendly venue. Highly recommended!