Performance & Dance 2017

Southbank Centre presents a host of exclusive UK premieres from across the world exploring diversity, identity, migration, evolution and sacrifice, for its spring and summer 2017 programme for performance, dance and theatre.

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Spring season 2017 highlights include:

  • Hong Kong Dance Company’ s UK premiere of its award-winning signature dance drama The Legend of Mulan, an inspiring re-telling of the household folktale of courage, love, peace and virtue ( 15 April)
  • Following its acclaimed world premiere at Unlimited festival, disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr brings her show Assisted Suicide the Musical back to Southbank Centre, due to popular demand (18 January)
  • UK premiere of The Monkey Trial a theatrical performance based on the dramatic 1925 Scopes Trial debating the teachings of evolutionism versus creationism. Performed by acclaimed Belgian theatre collective company STAN, as part of Southbank Centre’s new year-long festival Belief and Beyond Belief, exploring what it means to be human in the 21st Century (4 – 5 February).
  • The first ever opera by world famous musician R avi Shankar , Sukanya, fusing Indian music with dance, a western symphony orchestra and singers in an extravagant performance opening next year’s Alchemy (19 May)
  • UK premiere of Only One Suitcase Allowed, presented by Nordic Puppet Ambassadors , fusing object theatre and live installation, inspired by the story of Anne Frank (27–29 January). Part of Nordic Matters , Southbank Centre’s year-long exploration of Nordic culture in 2017 and London International Mime Festival.
  • London premiere of Pieter Ampe’s solo show So You Can Feel, a raucous and evocative performance exploring the coming of age of a man and his body (23 – 24 February)

Summer season 2017 highlights include:

  • Multilingual and multidisciplinary performance group Needcompany p resent a
  • journey through the family trees of all Needcompany’s members with the UK premiere of The Blind Poet, exploring the notion of identity in today’s multicultural Europe through theatre, dance, music and performance (8 August)
  • English National Ballet perform the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet, on the Royal Festival Hall stage, choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, w ith Prokofiev’s exhilarating score performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic (1 – 5 August)

The full summer programme to be announced February 2017.

Rupert Thomson, Senior Programmer for Performance and Dance at Southbank Centre said: “There are too many amazing international artists whose work we rarely or never get to see in the UK. We are committed to addressing this with the performance and dance programmes at Southbank Centre, to give UK audiences new and revelatory shows to marvel at, and to give UK-based artists opportunities to be inspired by exceptional international work.

“For this upcoming season we are delighted to welcome a number of UK premieres from some of the world’s most distinguished and distinctive international artists. Next year’s programme sees an exploration into diversity of perspective and of form, while bringing together exciting new performances with something for everyone.”

Enchanting theatre and performance for all ages will also be available across Southbank Centre’s festivals.

Imagine Children’s Festival (9 – 19 February) features a performance of Michael Morpurgo’s beloved tale Why The Whales Came by multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller (17 February), Neverland, a new immersive show for 1 – 3 year olds and their parents using 360° video projections, music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination (7– 9 February), A ston’s Stones, a touching story for 3 – 6 year olds exploring empathy by acclaimed Swedish theatre company P ero Theatre (13 – 15 February) and world-renowned Danish theatre company G ruppe 38 w ho present an interactive theatre piece Hans Christian, You Must Be an Angel (17–18 February).

Celebrating street culture, Urban festival returns with an exciting programme of dance and performance including Myself UK Dance Company, an all-female Hip Hop dance company who will train, rehearse and perform in residency in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom (3 – 5 April) and Urban Dance School, a four-day Urban dance workshop for young dancers to learn Hip Hop dance skills from an experienced professional to develop a piece for performance on the Clore Ballroom (3 – 6 April).

For more information on ticket onsale dates please see listings below, visit the listings section of the website or call 020 7960 4200

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For further press information, interview requests or press tickets please contact:
Sasha Haughan, Press Officer, sasha.haughan@southbankcentre.co.uk / 020 7921 0992 Louise Gilbert, Press Manager, louise.gilbert@southbankcentre.co.uk / 020 7921 0780

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About Southbank Centre

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21 acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery as well as The Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection. For further information please visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk . Southbank Centre is carrying out vital restoration work on the Hayward Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room to make the buildings fit for future generations to enjoy, more information can be found here: letthelightin.southbankcentre.co.uk

Full Listings

Assisted Suicide: The Musical

Wednesday 18 January, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Age 14+, £15- £20
Following its sell-out world premiere at Unlimited Festival, disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr brings her powerful show back to the Southbank Centre for one night only. Using the spectacular world of musical theatre as the backdrop, Carr, known for her role in Silent Witness, explores the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide. This event is British Sign Language-interpreted.

Micro Cinema Theatre

London International Mime Festival
Tuesday 24 January – Thursday 26 January, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £225

Co-founder of internationally famous puppet company Faulty Optic, Gavin Glover presents the three-day practical workshop on Micro Cinema Theatre. Exploring objects, puppets and the human body using video and cctv cameras, projectors and more, participants use a multitude of objects and materials to construct environment to film, and improvise performances and discover a new type of cinema combined with the traditional forms of performance.

This course is suitable for professional puppeteers, actors, musicians, filmmakers, film animations, writers and directors. 

Nordic Puppet Ambassadors Present Only One Suitcase Allowed

London International Mime Festival & Nordic Matters
Friday 27 January – Sunday 29 January, Various times, Blue Room at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12

Part of London International Mime Festival, Only One Suitcase Allowed is a fusion of object theatre and live installation inspired by the story of Anne Frank. A performance for one spectator at a time, visitors peer into a miniature world in a fifteen minute journey where a safe, familiar environment gradually turns hostile.

The Monkey Trial

Belief and Beyond Belief
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 16+, £16

Acclaimed Belgian theatre collective company STAN present the UK premiere of The Monkey Trial, a performance based on the proceedings of the fascinating ‘The Scopes Trial’, in which the American State of Tennessee took a young biology teacher to court in 1925 for teaching evolutionism.

Neverland

Imagine Festival
Tuesday 7 - Thursday 9 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall,10am, 11.15am, 13.30pm, 14.45pm, 8th: 10am, 11.15pm, 13.45pm, £14

Inspired by J.M. Barrie’s Neverland in Peter Pan, this immersive new show for children aged 1-3 uses 360 degree video projections, as well as original music and performance to tell the story of a child’s imagination. This show has been made for adult/child pairs and each ticket admits one adult and one 1-3 year old.

Wow Hoop - Circus Performance For Families

Imagine Festival
Friday 10 - Sunday 12th February, 11am, 1pm & 3pm daily, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12

In this circus performance for families, the show begins gradually and softly to introduce the liveliness and joy of circus and performing arts to infants. The performance is perfect for babies aged 4 to 12 months, and their parents. Grandparents are also welcome.

Dr Seuss - The Cat In The Hat

Imagine Festival
Sunday 12 February, 12.30 & 2.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free

Children’s Story Centre presents Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat storytelling show.

Pirok The Orangutan: Adventures From Indonesia

Imagine Festival
Sunday 12 February, 12pm & 2pm, Sunley Pavilion at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £5 for one child and one adult

An interactive storytelling performance for children aged 4-8 years old. Author Felicia Nayoan Siregar brings her character Pirok and his journeys to life. Each ticket admits one adult and one 4-8 year old.

Pero Theatre: Aston’s Shoes

Imagine Festival
Monday 13 - Wednesday 15 February, 11am, 2pm ,Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s at Royal Festival Hall, £12/£6 conc, ages 3-6 years

Pero Theatre present Aston’s Shoes, a tenderhearted performance piece about a dog who values the smaller things in life.

Why The Whales Came By Michael Morpurgo

Imagine Festival
Friday 17 February, 11:00am, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12 adult £6 child

Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller presents Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo. 

Hans Christian, You Must Be An Angel

Imagine Festival
Friday 17 - Saturday 18 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 12pm & 2pm, Ticketed, £14, 7+

The production was Awarded Danish Reumert of the Year, however the audience in this spectacular promenade performance is not allowed to sit – for the real guests are the ones from the fairytales.

Ready, Steady, Go

Imagine Festival
Saturday 18 February - Sunday 19 February, St Paul’s Pavilion at Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, 11am, 1pm & 3pm, Ticketed £10 Adult £5 Concession, 3 - 9 years old.

Ready Steady GO! is an immersive theatre show for 3-9 year olds and their families which allows the audience to create, decorate and drive cardboard cars. Presented by A Line Art, Ready Steady GO! - a live creative musical storytelling art show, that invites all the audience to individually colour their own cut-out car. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Leaps And Bounds

Imagine Festival
Sunday 19 February, 1pm -3.30pm,The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free

Leaps and Bounds is an afternoon of accessible activity especially designed for all the family. Candoco Dance Company lead dance workshops specially designed to be inclusive and focuses on movement. BSL Interpretation. The day's activities are British Sign Language-interpreted.

Pieter Ampe: So You Can Feel

Thursday 23 – Friday 24 February, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Age 14+, £15
Belgium dancer and performer Pieter Ampe presents his solo performance exploring the coming of age of a man and his body. Immersing himself in a world of transformations, Ampe questions how individuals are perceived by others when standards are continuously shifting, exploring the energy emanated through our bodies and whether we need to be liberated. 

Hong Kong Dance Company: The Legend Of Mulan

Friday 15 April, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 5+, £14-38
The Hong Kong Dance Company present the UK premiere of its award-winning signature dance drama The Legend of Mulan, an inspiring re-telling of the popular folktale of love, peace and virtue. Mulan disguises herself as a man to join the army in place of her aged father and shows extraordinary courage when it comes to protecting her country and family.
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Myself UK Dance Company In Residence

Urban
Monday 3- Wednesday 5 April, 12-6pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Free

All-female Hip Hop dance company Myself UK Dance Company will train, rehearse and perform in a two day residency in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom. Founded in 2008 by creative artist, Kloé Dean, the company are focused on challenging the male-dominated Hip Hop scene with its strong group of strong female dancers, formed to not only inspire females but also the wider society. On sale soon.

Pram Jam: Urban

Urban
Wednesday 5 & Tuesday 11 April, 10:30- 11:15am, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Tickets £5 (for one adult and up to two children aged 5 and under)

Pram Jam returns for Urban festival, inviting participants of all abilities to kick off the day by moving and grooving with their child aged 5 and under. The session is influenced by urban music and movement, and a great opportunity to try something new! On sale soon

Fun DMC

Urban
Saturday 2 April, 12.30 - 3.30pm, The Clore Ballroom at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 3+, Free

Spin Doctor (The Doctor’s Orders) and Charlie Dark (Run Dem Crew/Attica Blues) present an afternoon of child-friendly hip-hop, funk, disco and block party anthems, with fancy dress encouraged. On sale soon

Urban Dance School

Urban
Monday 3 – Thursday 6 April, 9am – 3pm, Spirit Level (Blue Room) at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, Ages 7 – 12, £70 (Bursary places are available)

A four-day Urban dance workshop for young dancers to learn hip hop dance skills from an experienced professional to develop a piece for performance on the Clore Ballroom. On sale soon

Ravi Shankar's Opera Sukanya

Alchemy
Friday 19 May, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £15-50

Sukanya, the first ever opera by world famous musician Ravi Shankar will open Alchemy 2017 in an extravagant production fusing traditional Indian instruments with Western orchestra, singers and dance. Taken from the legendary Sanskrit texts of the Mahabharata, the story of Sukanya has been brought to life in this innovative production directed by Curve Associate Director Suba Das, with dance choreographed by the Aakash Odedra Company , production by The Royal Opera and the musicians of the London Philharmonic Orchestra . 

English National Ballet: Romeo And Juliet

Tuesday 1 August- Saturday 5 August, 7:30pm (2:00pm Thurs & Sat), Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, £12- £55
Following worldwide critical acclaim English National Ballet brings the world’s greatest love story to Royal Festival Hall stage with Rudolf Nureyev’s inventive and passionate choreography, and Prokofiev’s exhilarating score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Full of action, humour and drama, Nureyev’s award-winning production of Romeo and Juliet was created especially for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Needcompany: The Blind Poet

Tuesday 8 August, 7:30pm, Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, 14+, £15-25
International multidisciplinary performance group Needcompany present the UK premiere of their hit show The Blind Poet. Travelling through the family trees of all Needcompany’s members, where everyone has some link or connection with everyone else, Needcompany create an alternative world history through a powerful mix of theatre, dance, music and performance: expect a sequence of exceptional individual ‘turns’, backed up by brilliant music and visionary visual elements. The ‘world’ of The Blind Poet has been ambitiously conceptualised: influenced by the work of Syrian poet Abu al-Ala al-Ma'arri and company founder Jan Lauwers’ visit to the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The company take us to a time 1000 years ago, when Cordoba was the commercial and cultural capital of the world, women held positions of power and atheism was commonplace, when Paris was just a small provincial town and Charlemagne was a famous illiterate, ultimately to reflect on notions of identity in today’s multicultural Europe.

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