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What we've seen - dance

  • Date: 12 December 2012
  • Area: London

Each month we see as much as possible of the work produced by the hundreds of artists, organisations and projects that we fund across the capital - as well as taking part ourselves too. This month our staff have picked their dance highlights - click on any of the links below to find out more.

Fresh at the Place
Fresh is now the annual showcase where exciting young and professional companies share the same bill. It was a dynamic and fun night of bite-size dance experiences, egged on by an energetic compere, with performers including Boy Blue Entertainment (fresh from the Olympic Opening Ceremony), No Fit Circus and Cando2. 

A particular highlight for me was A&R Dance Company with their idiosyncratic style. It was a memorable evening and a perfect opportunity for young performers to share a stage with leading professionals.

Jan De Schynkel - Relationship Manager, Dance

Michael Clark Company - New Work 2012 at Barbican Theatre
The iconic British dancer, choreographer and artist, Michael Clark made his eagerly-awaited return to the Barbican stage with a new double bill of work performed by his eight brilliant and technically rigorous dancers. Renowned for skilfully blurring the art form boundaries of dance, visual arts, music and fashion the company delivers a mischievous adrenalin rush of an evening. 

Choreographed to music by Scritti Politti, the unsuspecting audience were treated to an edgy and raucous live performance by Jarvis Cocker (performing as alter ego Darren Spooner) and Relaxed Muscle. It was nothing less than what we have come to expect from Michael Clark: simply superb.

Debs Butler - Relationship Manager, Dance

Hetain Patel: Be Like Water at ROH 2
Funny and authentic, Be Like Water is a subtle interplay on roots and upbringing, blending choreography, spoken word and media. Using three performers (including Ling Peng, who played Erhu beautifully), it explores how identities are formed quoting liberally from Bruce Lee (whose wise words make up the title), Spiderman and showing films of Patel's dad at the Bolton Mercedes factory where he works. A haunting solo closes the piece, leaving you thoughtful and reflective.

Shira Hess - Relationship Manager, Dance