PDA in Cape Town

As promised, here is a short clip of us performing Public Displays of Affection at the V&A Waterfront as part of the Busker’s Festival and Cape Town Fringe.

We performed across the dock and waterfront complex in various spaces, but found Nobel Square’s setting – complete with mountain backdrop and our Nobel Prize winner’s statues – especially beautiful.

 

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Dance in the City – Cape Town Fringe

We had an absolutely amazing time performing as part of Cape Town Fringe last week.  Despite the threat of some classic wet and windy Cape spring-time weather, we took over the V&A Waterfront, covertly introducing our Public Displays of Affection to often unsuspecting, but incredibly receptive, audiences, and reveling in dancing against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

Here are a couple of photographs captured during our final performance – video to follow soon!

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Cape Town Fringe, Here We Come!

We are thrilled to announce that Public Displays of Affection has been programmed as part of the 2016 Cape Town Fringe Festival!

We will be performing at the V&A Waterfront as part of the very first Busker’s Festival, a celebration of outdoor performance taking place over the four final days of the festival from the 5th to the 8th of October.  It is an honour for us to take part in the very first programme of its kind, and can’t wait to bring our glimpses of extraordinary everyday moments to a venue with a backdrop as spectacular as Table Mountain.

We will be working with young Cape Town dancers, and can’t wait to get into the studio!

Public Displays of Affection will be performed at the V&A Waterfront, on the 6th, 7th and 8th of October, come and check us out!

Cape Town Fringe begins on the 22nd of September, and you can browse the entire programme here.poster-new

 

Back to Bagel

We have a rather unhealthy obsession with bagels here at nylon HQ, and if you’ve seen Every Way Up, you’ll know we take our baked goods seriously! 

From scientifically choosing the proper bagel shop on Brick Lane, to reminiscing about a Cape Town Friday night classic and listening to podcasts about why New York’s bagels are best (the secret is apparently in the water), we’ve spent many an hour preoccupied with what makes the perfect boiled dough treat.

When I saw a picture of a Kossar’s bagel on Instagram, I just had to share the review that went along with it.

http://www.onehungryjew.com/blog-2/2016/6/18/kossars

Maybe now is the time for us to curate a walking and talking Bagel tour of NYC…

The Memory Project Trailer

Remember last summer we worked with Vanessa Van Wormer Dance on their upcoming work, The Memory Project?  We’ve just seen the trailer for the finished piece, and wanted to share it with you all!

 

Performances are on April 1st and 2nd at The Yard in Rochester, NY – do catch it if you happen to be in the area!

 

Dear Akram…

If you’re a UK dance person, you probably know all about Akram Khan’s badly misjudged comments on female choreographers and opportunity in the dance industry.

We’re not going to rehash it, but in a nutshell, he said that there was no need for more female choreographers (i.e. opportunities for female choreographers), just more need for good choreographers.  He didn’t mention whether the two were mutually exclusive, orrrrr…

Ahem.

Suffice to say, there was a measure of consternation at nylon HQ.  Mr Khan has never shown himself to be the most diplomatic, measured, educated or eloquent of dance mouth-pieces (see also: UK training sucks, Arts Council cuts = Good – my paraphrasing), but this latest declaration seems like an additional suckerpunch, right in the…ovary, or mammaries, or some other inconvenient lady-part that just gets in the way of making good dance.

There’s been quite a lot of back and forth on this in the press (including a statement signed by hundreds of industry professionals – male and female – rebuking his comments), but so far we really like this response from Article 19:

http://www.article19.co.uk/theevilimp/the_anatomy_of_a_non_apology.php

And thus, the ever spiraling conversation about women in dance – and perhaps more specifically in choreography – continues, ad infinitum.

What do you think?  Should we be moving the conversation beyond ‘why does this happen?’ to ‘what should we do about it?’  Or rather, what should or could be done to address the current status quo?

A Little Bit of Paris in NYC

You know how sometimes, you just need a little comfort?  An afternoon nap under a blanket; a bowl of mashed potatoes; re-watching sitcoms from the 90s; a big fluffy scarf that you can hide behind whilst traipsing through endless people at the train station…that kind of comfort?

That’s sort of how I felt about An American in Paris on Broadway.  I’ve had the briefest of flings with the Big Apple this trip, and in two days managed to cram in two shows.  After falling and feeling all over Fun Home at the Wednesday matinee (it’s an amazing show), I stumbled out into the Great White Way, wondering where I could get my next fix. Of theatre, I should clarify.  After the possibility of free tickets fell through, I was at a bit of a loss – should I see if TKTS had any last minute possibilities?  Should I give up and instead make my way down to Marie’s Crisis so I could sing the songs as well?

And just then, twinkling at me, I noticed the Palace Theatre and its giant vintage-looking billboards announcing An American in Paris.  I thought I’d try my luck at the theatre, and thankfully I managed to nab a leftover rush ticket.  I have to say – the show is astoundingly beautiful.  The costumes are gorgeous, the animated set pieces (which look like watercolours in progress) are glorious, the dancing sublime.  Christopher Wheeldon has produced a stunning show for his first outing on Broadway, and whilst it felt more like a ballet with songs (unsurprisingly, given Wheeldon’s background) it was thoroughly enjoyable.  It didn’t challenge or move me in the same way that Fun Home did.  It didn’t have the depth or the earnest heart of the other show.  And that’s OK.  I think, perhaps all too often, I go to the theatre with a desire to see something new, bold, challenging, life-changing.  I really want that.  But it’s also good to be reminded that sometimes I also want ease, beauty, comfort.  I Got Ryhthm, and I got that – comfort – like a big steaming mug of New York hot chocolate.