Whilst most people will be counting down the days until Christmas, at Southbank Centre we’re already looking to the new year; especially when it comes to performance and dance. We’ve already lined up a great set of shows for 2020 including premieres from Holly Blakely and Mica Levi, mesmerising shows from the Abhinava and Iceland Dance Companies, and unique creations from the minds of FK Alexander, and Martin Green.
Time to clear your admittedly yet to be purchased diaries, as we pick out seven shows to look out for in the first half of the new year.
An evening of noh theatre – a highly aesthetic theatre form featuring dance, music and poetry – which sees the world premiere performance in this classical Japanese style of an English play. Featuring noh performers Teruhisa and Kinue Oshima and Akira Matsui, Between the Stones explores the healing power of gardens can turn the burden of grief into a celebration of life, friendship and love.
This special Southbank Centre commission by choreographer Holly Blakey and composer Mica Levi is a story of heroes and heroines, obsession infidelity, suicide and cowboys, that questions the territory between high art and popular culture. Following last year’s sold-out word premier of Cowpuncher, this new version plays in Queen Elizabeth Hall for two nights only and begins with a live performance from Levi.
This intimate and visceral performance sees performance artist FK Alexander sings along to the final recording of Judy Garland singing ‘Over the Rainbow’. Winner of Total Theatre Award for Emerging Artist and Autopsy Award at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, I Could Go On Singing sees FK Alexander backed by noise band Okishima Island Tourist Association and standing hand-in-hand with self-selected audience members.
Transformative choreographers Erna Ómarsdóttir and Damien Jalet ask how far we will go for oil, in a no-holds-barred contemporary ritual. Recreated from the Australian version, Black Marrow was recreated for Iceland Dance Company and premiered at the Reykjavik Art Festival in May 2015. See dancers take the shape of fossils, industrial machines, pagan gods and carefree golden youth, all to the haunting music of Ben Frost.
In this fantastical dance production by Abhinava Dance Company – one of India’s most popular and cutting edge production houses – we meet the tragic heroine of Hindu epic Mahabharata, Drapaudi. Said to be born of fire Draupadi led a life full of incident and drama, and Fire to Frost depicts some of these moments from the perspective of the divinity Krishna.
See the dance stars of tomorrow as dancers from the English National Ballet compete for the 2020 Emerging Dancer award, an annual event through which the organisation recognises the excellence of its artists. Six of the most promising dancers, selected by their colleagues, perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, but only one will receive the Emerging Dancer Award.
Find yourself in an immersive theatrical world that takes in 4,000 years of dance culture, from ancient rite to banging club. Martin Green leads a crew of world-class musicians and performers in a mind-altering, bespoke audience experience, brought to life by superstar director Wils Wilson, that asks if trance state is actually part of the culture of these islands, and we’ve just forgotten it.
With a passion for works that defy categorisation, Southbank Centre is the place to see things you have never seen on stage before. Dance, theatre, comedy, cabaret and all sorts in between, brought to you by international artists and up and coming names.