Monday, 6 February 2017

 

Bangalore: The award-winning, international 2Faced Dance Company, headed by artistic director and choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald and known for its physically adventurous dance work, has returned to India to deliver the second phase of Outlands - an exciting programme of dance performances, educational and development opportunities - from 20 January to 13 February 2017.

National Dance Award nominated company, 2Faced Dance, were awarded Arts Council England ‘Reimagine India’ funding to deliver Outlands’ programme phase one in January 2016 and phase two in 2017, return to India to continue their work with partner organisations during this unique and ground- breaking international cultural exchange.

Partner organisations - Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts in Mumbai, Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts in Bangalore, and Darpana Academy of Performing Arts in Ahmedabad.

Talking of the UK-India Year of Culture, Alan Gemmell OBE, Director British Council India has said: "India and the UK have years of shared history and the UK-India Year of Culture seeks to promote this spirit of cultural partnership. This marks the culmination of four years of Re-Imagine, which was designed to build new creative connections between India and Britain that celebrate, connect and inspire. Throughout the year, we will be bringing together major UK and Indian institutions and artists of all fields to showcase British and Indian creativity and strengthen cultural ties."
 
In India, and under the Outlands umbrella, 2Faced Dance will present its current touring work RUN in Mumbai and Bangalore, deliver The BENCH India, a pioneering, one-off opportunity for emerging female choreographers (marking first overseas presentation of The BENCH programme previously seen in the UK), commission two emerging female choreographers and bring their work to the UK to tour in autumn 2017 and deliver free educational and practical workshops in several locations in India.

The BENCH India is a unique opportunity for five emerging female choreographers working in India to participate in a 9-month mentorship and training programme, giving aspiring artists the confidence to put their work on an international platform and get their artistic voice heard.

All five of the selected choreographers will pitch for one of two 245,000INR (£3000) commissions to create a new work and tour it to leading UK theatres in September and October 2017. Pitches will take place at the Attakkalari Biennale in Bangalore on Tuesday 7 February 2017.

Peter Knott, Area Director (Midlands), Arts Council England, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in Outlands. Our Reimagine India funding is all about promoting cultural understanding and exchange across the world and at home. 2Faced Dance has already begun to forge exciting partnerships between dancers and choreographers in the UK and India, and with our support it will be great to see this cultural exchange continue to flourish.

This second phase of Outlands allows 2Faced Dance to continue work that aims to ensure the longevity of opportunities for female choreographers whilst recognising the wealth of talent, experience and creativity female artists offer to local, national and international communities.

Speaking about the company’s trip, Artistic Director Tamsin Fitzgerald said: “This visit to India signifies a crucial development for the sector, uniting female choreographers from across the world and demonstrating the real need for gender development globally. We are also delighted to be able to showcase RUN to an international audience. This production marks a pivotal point for the company within both our touring history and the important work that we are leading on within gender equality. With a remarkable company of dancers and an exceptional choreographic, design and musical team, RUN demonstrates a real commitment to supporting women as artists. Not because we have to, but because they are talented, produce great work and this needs to be shared with people across the globe.”

2Faced Dance completed a highly acclaimed RUN UK tour in autumn 2017, visiting 10 venues and selling out in Birmingham, Bournemouth and Leeds. The company is delighted to present their latest triple bill of dance in Mumbai and Bangalore.

Sumeet Nagdev from Sumeet Nagdev Dance Arts has said of the company’s visit: “When I first met Tamsin in early 2016, I was so impressed by her commitment to bring women to the forefront of leadership in performing arts. More so in India, there is a need to highlight that performing arts is as lucrative a career as anything else, after all its one of the most satisfying and spiritual ways of life, so I believe. With The BENCH India, 2Faced Dance Company has pulled out a winner. Taking women choreographers to global platforms shows that there is so much that Indian women can share if given the right opportunity and platform. Talking of women leaders, take Tamsin as a fitting example of leading an all male dance company that not only does contemporary dance but also fuses it with breaking, which has more, popularly been male dominated. I am glad they are performing their popular production ‘Run’ in Mumbai to set in motion ‘The BENCH India’.”

Performing at National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai on Thursday 26 January and Gurunanak Bhavan Auditorium, Bangalore on Wednesday 1 February, RUN is a gritty and explosive evening of works by three leading female choreographers - Tamsin Fitzgerald, Rebecca Evans and Lenka Vagnerová – who explore human choice and our decision to fight or take flight from the darker side of humanity.

With ground-breaking movement and theatre, designs and original musical composition, RUN is an exhilarating evening of contemporary dance theatre from 2Faced Dance.

Short documentary from 2Faced Dance’s visit to India in January 2016: 

https://vimeo.com/154834482

For further information about The BENCH India, visit:

http://www.the-bench.org/the-bench-india

Notes to Editor

2Faced Dance Company is based in the stunning rural town of Hereford. Under the helm of artistic director and choreographer Tamsin Fitzgerald, the award winning, international dance company produces innovative, accomplished and aspirational artistic performances alongside an ambitious participation programme and captivating community dance initiatives that truly reflect the landscape in which they are based. This allows the company to tell new and original stories, generating distinctive new work, whilst striving to stay relevant to their audiences. 2Faced Dance tours extensively across the UK and internationally and aims to work with cutting edge and culturally diverse designers, venues, organisations and individuals. The company supports and mentors local artists whilst advocating on behalf of the wider dance industry by challenging and inspiring different sectors of society. 2Faced Dance is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. www.2faceddance.co.uk Twitter: @2Faceddance Facebook: www.facebook.com/2faceddance

Tamsin Fitzgerald trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and founded 2Faced Dance Company in 1999. As Artistic Director of 2Faced Dance, Tamsin has been creating and touring works nationally and internationally to much critical acclaim, including State of Matter, Still Breathing, Third, 7.0, In the Dust, Out of His Skin, Two Old Men, Lucid Grounds as part of Dreaming in Code and KAPOW. Commissions for Tamsin include: Soap The Show (world tour) for Chameleon Berlin, MTV Awards, Watch This Space with Hofesch Shechter for IDFB (2008), Wings of Desire with Circa for IDFB (2012), GLOW Festival, The Rock for MOKO Dance, Shipley Festival and the critically-acclaimed and audience favourite CUBES for Birmingham Weekender 2015 and IDFB 2016.

Tamsin is a Rayne Choreographic Fellow, which led to her working with Australian Dance Theatre, The Ballet Boyz and St.Giles Trust, a homeless charity. Tamsin was awarded the Jerwood Choreographic Research Prize for a new immersive, outdoor dance and circus experience, The Pod, due to premier in 2017. Tamsin has choreographed and taught at The Place, NSCD, The Centre for Advanced Training in Birmingham (DanceXchange) and led major educational initiatives internationally in Norway, Bulgaria and Brazil.

Rebecca Evans is happy to be among the insane and enjoys the
blissful insanity that dancing brings! Rebecca has worked with Marc Brew Company, Ffin Dance and IJAD Dance Company. She was part of Wayne McGregor's DanceLines 2011, and in 2012 spent time in Korea teaching, learning and working with Korean National Contemporary Dance Company. In 2013, Rebecca created Pell Ensemble, an ever changing cast of artistic individuals coming together to create, explore and experiment with dance, art and technology.

Lenka Vagnerová is a leading European female choreographer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Known for her creations with her Lenka Vagnerová Company, she has created works and toured internationally with her sculptured choreography that explore the physical capabilities and boundaries of man’s body. Awards and nominations include: Herald Angel Award- Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014; Total Theatre Award Nomination Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2014; Dance Piece of the Year and Dancer of the Year 2014 – Festival Czech Dance Platform.

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