Get set for an autumn and winter to remember, courtesy of some of the most pioneering new artists using performance to challenge societal norms. This autumn, Southbank Centre hosts world and London premieres of work from, among others, dancer and choreographer Oona Doherty, performance artists Travis Alabanza and Nicola Gunn, and our associate companies Forced Entertainment and Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.
Tickets for all events listed below are now on general sale.
And as the light fades further into winter we’ll also play host to family spectaculars, including a new dynamic interpretation of Black Beauty, and the return of favourites Circus 1903, and Fascinating Aida.
Ever since someone threw a burger at them on Waterloo Bridge as they shouted a transphobic slur, Travis Alabanza have been obsessed with burgers. This timely performance exploring how trans bodies survive is their climax of that obsession. It will be accompanied by a talk on trans issues.
Following a highly successful run at The Royal Court Theatre, Rachael Spence and Lisa Hammond bring Still No Idea to the Purcell Room. Part-verbatim theatre, part-confession, part-comedy sketch show, the performance explores society’s perceptions of disability via stories imagined for the duo by the public.
As part of Dance Umbrella 2019, Oona Doherty presents the London premiere of this multi-disciplinary performance. Using movement as a key medium Hard To Be Soft delves into the psyche of Doherty’s hometown of Belfast, and the young male violence that hangs over the city.
Inspired by the extraordinary Austrian artist Egon Schiele, four dancers inhabit Schiele’s highly-charged world of colour, masterful lines and unusual perspectives, putting the human body on visceral display. This is the world premiere of a new commission by Southbank Centre, performed by our associate company Shobana Jeyasingh Dance.
Reckless Sleepers experiment with the nature of performance in the London premiere of Negative Space. It’s a performance which sees the company experiment with a blank architectural canvas to express a love story, a slapstick comedy, and a melodrama… all without speaking a word.
Roll up, roll up. After a successful run at Southbank Centre last Christmas, Circus 1903 returns with all the thrills of an early 20th Century circus. As well as the popular life-sized elephants Queenie and Peanut – created by the puppeteers behind War Horse – expect thrilling acrobatic entertainment and the (brace yourself) Brazilian Wheel of Death.
Some of the UK’s best theatre-makers for children – Andy Manley, Andy Cannon and Shona Reppe – bring their critically acclaimed re-telling of Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty to Southbank Centre. Perfect for families, the show blends vivid storytelling with joyful music and inventive puppetry.
With three Olivier Award nominations and over 25 million YouTube and Facebook hits for Cheap Flights and their incredibly rude Christmas song, Britain’s favourite cabaret trio Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman are bringing their unstoppable glamour to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Expect a mix of big hits, old favourites and hot new songs this Christmas.