Avant Garde Dance and The Place present Fagin’s Twist

22 Mar 2016

Fagin's Twist, Avant Garde Dance. Photo: Eric Richmond

Fagin’s Twist, Avant Garde Dance. Photo: Eric Richmond

28 September – 15 October 2016
The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London. WC1H 9PY

The first major production and UK tour to by Avant Garde Dance since their highly successful music-inspired dance work The Black Album in 2012.

UK Tour: 29 April – 28 October 2016

Fagin’s Twist is an ambitious reimagining of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by innovative hip hop / contemporary dance company Avant Garde Dance, led by Artistic Director Tony Adigun. Taking the classic piece of literature as its starting point, Fagin’s Twist presents an evocative story of Fagin’s youth, corrupted by greed and worn down by poverty.

Dickens wrote the novel less than 15 minutes’ walk away from The Place in the borough of Camden as a commentary on child poverty and social injustice. Tony Adigun adds a twist to this to create a poignant, coming-of-age dance drama which draws parrallels between Victorian London and the modern society we inhabit.

Fagin’s Twist features five of the familiar Oliver Twist characters: Oliver; Fagin; Bill Sykes; Nancy and the Artful Dodger but reimagines the paths of their lives and their individual circumstances. Some offer us rare glimpses of human pathos, whilst others are seen in a darker, more mysterious light.

For the production, the company has worked with dramaturg Adam Peck and writer Maxwell Golden to add subtle layers of texture and precision. The specially written score, composed by Benji Bower and Brian Hargreaves, is an eclectic patchwork of styles to conjure up an atmosphere of urban adversity and survival.

Tony Adigun about why he decided to create this show; ‘I have always been excited by the idea of retelling a popular tale. I wanted to add a mischievous twist that would play with, and challenge audiences’ perspectives of a much loved classic.’

Co-produced by The Place. Fagin’s Twist is commissioned by Theatre Bristol, East London Dance, Pavilion Dance South West, Dance East and The Place. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Tony Adigun is a Work Place artist.