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Essakow world premiere at the Print Room 23 Feb-12 March

21 Jan 2016

Hubert Essakow's, Terra, photo, Zadoc Nava

Hubert Essakow’s, Terra, photo, Zadoc Nava

Choreographer and Print Room artistic associate Hubert Essakow gives the world premiere of the final part of his trilogy exploring the elements of water, fire and earth. Terra will also be the first dance performance in the main auditorium of the Print Room’s new home, the Coronet in Notting Hill.

In Terra, Essakow sends his six dancers on journeys through the shifting horizons and changing seasons of an increasingly unpredictable earth. They mine down through layers of earth to explore how we humans interact with the earth in our fundamental search for refuge.

Each night, five dancers – Rob Bridger, Luke Crook, Monique Jonas, Estela Marlos, and Benjamin Warbis – will be joined by a young dancer. The part will be shared by Connie Bowes, Jessica Chalmers and Mia Manor, all students at Anna du Boisson’s West London Dance School.

Essakow says, “I like using performers of different age ranges in my pieces. In Ignis, I worked with actress, Sara Kestelman [71], and I work a lot with younger students and really enjoy their energy. I find it interesting to show a wider demographic – and it’s certainly something we don’t see enough of in dance.”

For Terra, Essakow is collaborating with Belgian visual artists Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis in their first design commission, French film composer and jazz musician Jean Michel-Bernard (who has worked with directors Martin Scorsese and Michel Gondry) and Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri, who has been commissioned by the Print Room to write a new poem for the work.

 Three week run: Tuesday 23 February to Saturday 12 March 2016