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The Place and DanceEast join forces to commission family dance shows for Christmas

16 Jul 2018

The Little Prince

Two of the country’s leading contemporary dance venues are teaming up to commission brand new family friendly shows to be presented during the Christmas period of 2018 and 2019. The Place and DanceEast have commissioned Luca Silvestrini’s Protein and Vicki Igbokwe’s Uchenna Dance’s to create the shows. It will be the first time Vicki Igbokwe has created a work for families, and the first time Luca Silvestrini has used an existing story as his starting point. The project also marks the first time The Place has commissioned a show for the festive season.

Vicki Igbokwe will create a contemporary version of the classic fairytale Hansel & Gretel which will run in December of this year at The Place, who will also produce the show from 15-24 December 2018. Uchenna Dance’s version sees the two title characters lost in London, overwhelmed by the sights and smells of the city. Vicki Igbokwe is the founder of Uchenna Dance, known for blending dance styles from vogueing and waacking to contemporary and African dance, often along with text, to create shows that are both entertaining and informative. Uchenna’s The Head Wrap Diaries proved popular with audiences at The Place and is currently touring the UK. Following the run at The Place Hansel & Gretel will tour throughout 2019 with a Christmas run at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse. Tickets for the run at The Place are on sale now.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein will present an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which has been loved by children and adults around the world for generations. Audiences will be invited to join The Little Prince as he journeys through the baffling world of grown-ups, meeting fascinating characters along the way whilst learning about the value of friendship and the complexity of love. A cast of four will bring the story to life using Luca Silvestrini’s trademark blend of original choreography, theatre and music. Following a preview at The Point, Eastleigh on 1 December 2018, The Little Prince will premiere at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse from 12-16 December, will tour during 2019 and be presented at The Place in time for Christmas 2019. Tickets for the December 2018 shows are already on sale.

Speaking about the collaboration, Theatre Director at The Place Eddie Nixon, said “We’re delighted to be commissioning Luca and Vicki to make new shows for families. Each artist, in their own way, has a distinct and imaginative way of telling stories through dance, which we think will translate well for younger audiences. Families coming to The Place at Christmas will discover something a bit different to the usual festive fare. It will be a treat to see how these world class artists find unexpected ways to inspire and entertain families at Christmas.”

Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at DanceEast said “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Place to commission and produce these two new dance works. We have been commissioning and presenting high-quality Christmas shows since 2013 and have built a loyal audience with high expectations. We are in no doubt that The Little Prince and Hansel & Gretel will certainly not disappoint.”

Luca Silvestrini said “I am really excited to bring to life such a beautiful and important parable. The Little Prince’s journey to other asteroids and planet Earth which, is both magical and transformative is a relevant example of what should really matter in life. Love, friendship, and even loss, take centre stage in this story as children make discoveries and their grownups are reminded that they were once children too. I’m incredibly lucky to embark on this journey with a fabulous team of artists and we are creating a theatrical experience that will entertain and connect the entire family.

Vicki Igbokwe said “I’m thrilled to be making this show with The Place and DanceEast. Hansel & Gretel is one of my favourite fairy tales, and I can’t wait to bring the Uchenna vibe to this story, celebrating the tenacity and ingenuity of children and young people.”

Two of the country’s leading contemporary dance venues are teaming up to commission brand new family friendly shows to be presented during the Christmas period of 2018 and 2019. The Place and DanceEast have commissioned Luca Silvestrini’s Protein and Vicki Igbokwe’s Uchenna Dance’s to create the shows. It will be the first time Vicki Igbokwe has created a work for families, and the first time Luca Silvestrini has used an existing story as his starting point. The project also marks the first time The Place has commissioned a show for the festive season.

Vicki Igbokwe will create a contemporary version of the classic fairytale Hansel & Gretel which will run in December of this year at The Place, who will also produce the show from 15-24 December 2018. Uchenna Dance’s version sees the two title characters lost in London, overwhelmed by the sights and smells of the city. Vicki Igbokwe is the founder of Uchenna Dance, known for blending dance styles from vogueing and waacking to contemporary and African dance, often along with text, to create shows that are both entertaining and informative. Uchenna’s The Head Wrap Diaries proved popular with audiences at The Place and is currently touring the UK. Following the run at The Place Hansel & Gretel will tour throughout 2019 with a Christmas run at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse. Tickets for the run at The Place will go on sale on 9 July.

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein will present an adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, which has been loved by children and adults around the world for generations. Audiences will be invited to join The Little Prince as he journeys through the baffling world of grown-ups, meeting fascinating characters along the way whilst learning about the value of friendship and the complexity of love. A cast of four will bring the story to life using Luca Silvestrini’s trademark blend of original choreography, theatre and music. Following a preview at The Point, Eastleigh on 1 December 2018, The Little Prince will premiere at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse from 12-16 December, will tour during 2019 and be presented at The Place in time for Christmas 2019. Tickets for the December 2018 shows are already on sale.

Speaking about the collaboration, Theatre Director at The Place Eddie Nixon, said “We’re delighted to be commissioning Luca and Vicki to make new shows for families. Each artist, in their own way, has a distinct and imaginative way of telling stories through dance, which we think will translate well for younger audiences. Families coming to The Place at Christmas will discover something a bit different to the usual festive fare. It will be a treat to see how these world class artists find unexpected ways to inspire and entertain families at Christmas.

Brendan Keaney, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at DanceEast said “We are delighted to be collaborating with The Place to commission and produce these two new dance works. We have been commissioning and presenting high-quality Christmas shows since 2013 and have built a loyal audience with high expectations. We are in no doubt that The Little Prince and Hansel & Gretel will certainly not disappoint.”

Luca Silvestrini said “I am really excited to bring to life such a beautiful and important parable. The Little Prince’s journey to other asteroids and planet Earth which, is both magical and transformative is a relevant example of what should really matter in life. Love, friendship, and even loss, take centre stage in this story as children make discoveries and their grownups are reminded that they were once children too. I’m incredibly lucky to embark on this journey with a fabulous team of artists and we are creating a theatrical experience that will entertain and connect the entire family.

Vicki Igbokwe said “I’m thrilled to be making this show with The Place and DanceEast. Hansel & Gretel is one of my favourite fairy tales, and I can’t wait to bring the Uchenna vibe to this story, celebrating the tenacity and ingenuity of children and young people.

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