2Faced Dance announce a dynamic programme for the coming year
After recently announcing Arlene Phillips CBE as their new Patron, 2Faced Dance Company are back in the spotlight with a further announcement of their forthcoming programme of work for the year ahead.
Tamsin Fitzgerald, Artistic Director and founder of the company says: “We are excited about what the future has in store for the organisation, and we are proud to be able to announce an extensive programme of work for the forthcoming year that will reach a wide range of audiences and communities. With our Centre for Movement in Hereford now once again open to children and young people, and for adult groups later in May, we are more determined than ever to help grow the artistic community in Herefordshire and to provide a welcoming and accessible space for artists, businesses and the people of our city.”
Upcoming work from 2Faced Dance Company will include:
Last Orders – a new outdoor work touring to pub beer gardens by emerging choreographer Sean Moss. Commissioned as part of the company’s online festival for young voices – Multi Story – Last Orders bridges the gap between theatrical performance and the world of live music and pub culture.
Intangible at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park – A co-collaboration between Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald and acclaimed visual artist Morag Myerscough, this inspiring work will take place in August 2021. The work will see a floating pavilion designed by Myerscough on the lake at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park. Fitzgerald will animate the structure by creating a 20-minute dance theatre work that traverses the pavilion and pontoons. Featuring a commissioned score and large-scale digital outreach programme.
Bert the Turtle’s D.O.A by Isla Hurst and Sam Amos. A second commission as part of the Multi Story Youth Arts Festival, Bert the Turtle’s D.O.A. will draw on 50s American Cold War propaganda to deliver an experience that contrasts innocence with apathy, conformity with anarchy. This satirical physical theatre piece will be brought to life in a short dance film.
Associate Artists Programme – Following on from the company’s previous artists development programme, The BENCH, the Associate Artists Programme will offer two artists or companies the opportunity to work closely with 2Faced Dance to make a step change, explore their practice or research new work, without the pressure of producing a finished product. The programme will look to work with one artist/company from the West Midlands and one National artist/company. Artists/Companies can be at any stage in their career, but their practice should be based on movement. For example, you could be a contemporary dance choreographer, circus artist, visual artist, photographer, or filmmaker whose work centres around movement. For the latest information about the Associate Artists Programme or to register your early interest, visit the company’s website at www.2faceddance.co.uk/professionals Our Associates Programme is supported by The Elmley Foundation and Arts Council England.
Digital programme – With the recent appointment of Creative Digital Producer, Sam Amos, 2Faced Dance will embed high-quality digital materials across the work of the organisation. Now, more than ever, the company recognises the importance of being accessible and inclusive and this will be reflected in their digital programme, reaching wide and diverse audiences, nationally and internationally.
Two works previously created by 2Faced Dance, which were halted due to the pandemic, will return to touring in the next 12 months:
Power – choreographed by Alleyne Dance, will tour to outdoor festivals and venues over summer 2021. Originally created as part of the company’s programme for female choreographers – The BENCH – Power explores our relationship with authority and control.
EVERYTHING [but the girl] – a lung-busting triple-bill by Tamsin Fitzgerald and Fleur Darkin will return to the theatre circuit in 2022. The inaugural tour of this work was cut short when the nation went into lockdown. Featuring a reduxed version of Fitzgerald’s highly acclaimed 7.0, alongside a new solo piece – Hollow in a World Too Full and a full company piece by Darkin entitled The Qualies. With a stunning, original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, EVERYTHING [but the girl] treats audiences to an exceptional, high-energy evening of contemporary dance.
The company will also continue their extensive learning programme, as they have done throughout the pandemic, but will now be able to offer classes in-person once again:
2Faced Youth, for young people aged 11-14, aims to develop and create young dancers with the facility, potential, attitude and drive to become leaders in the arts. Members of 2FY work with the professional company developing a knowledge and understanding of a range of contemporary dance techniques, choreographic skills, performance skills and cultural experiences.
The weekly 2Faced Dance class programme for ages 4-10 develops fundamental skills as well as offering children fun and creative ways to create and perform routines.
Company of Wolves is a new adult class that the company will be introducing later this year. For self-propelling wheelchair users, Company of Wolves will be led by Tamsin Fitzgerald and the brains behind Wheely Good Fitness, Kris Saunders-Stowe. These sessions will explore movement, creativity and performance, whilst giving participants the opportunity to train with others in a fun, friendly and relaxed studio setting.
For full information about everything that 2Faced Dance Company is working on and for all the opportunities that the company has to offer, visit www.2faceddance.co.uk where you can also join the company’s mailing list.