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Richard J

24-10-01, 09:35 PM (GMT)
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   Has anyone else seen the Henri Oguike Dance Company? They came to Bristol last Saturday (using the theatre at the school where I teach) as part of their current tour. If their schedule includes a theatre near you, make it a date in your diary. The programme I saw started with ‘Melancholy Thoughts’, a work for six dancers set to Astor Piazolla’s Histoire du Tango. This dark and intense music was matched by equally intense choreography: familiar elements of tango refracted through contemporary dance. Next was ‘Shot Flow’, a duet to a marimba score by Portuguese composer Pedro Carneiro; interesting shifts and interruptions were a feature of this exploration into the relationship between two people. Finally there was ‘Ile Aye’, full of effervescent moves to a medley of popular Brazilian songs. Lighting and design made their point with a minimum of fuss, and contributed to a stylish performance which was ‘of a piece’. For once, all elements of the process contributed to an integrated whole. Not only was it good to look at, but (oh joy) the choreography was so musically aware. (The tour programme also includes details of ‘A Moment of Give’, using the 2nd piano trio of Shostakovitch).

I put ‘Henri Oguike’ into the Ballet.co search; the company is mentioned in Cathy Marston’s diary – she is one of the dancers – but that seems to be about it. For the record, Henri was a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company. Now he has his own company, which this year received the Time Out Live Award as the most outstanding new dance company. So look out for Henri and friends (including Ballet.co’s very own diarist); they are in Leeds this Sat., then return to London at the end of Oct for performances at The Laban Centre, followed by visits to Derby, Swansea, Tewkesbury, and Salisbury, before reaching London's Stratford Circus in Dec. Treat yourself to an evening of new work that refreshes like a crisp white wine!


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  RE: Henri Oguike Dance Company - touring David L 24-10-01 1
     RE: Henri Oguike Dance Company - touring Richard J 24-10-01 2
         RE: Henri Oguike Dance Company - touring David Leoanrd 25-10-01 3

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David L

24-10-01, 10:11 PM (GMT)
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   Richard - as an ex-Bristolian I'm curious - which school do you teach at which has a theatre?


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Richard J

24-10-01, 10:51 PM (GMT)
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   David

I'm Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth's Hospital, which you will remember as QEH in Berkeley Place. For the school's 400th anniversary in 1990 we built a theatre, which serves both as the school theatre and as a theatre for the Bristol area. Various local drama and operatic companies hire the theatre, but it also hosts small touring companies of all kinds (the theatre seats c200). Henri Oguike has now been followed by Antigone, performed by the Actors of Dionysus. The theatre is simply known as QEH Theatre.

As you are a former Bristolian, you will remember the old Jacob's Wells Swimming Baths, just down the road from the school. Since I don't know when you left Bristol, I wonder whether this building was still being used for its original purpose when you left. It has long ceased to be used for swimming, and is now the Bristol Community Dance Centre; something like 25 yards of sprung floor, so you can do a length or two of the studio!


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David Leoanrd

25-10-01, 07:35 AM (GMT)
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   QEH is my alma mater: would you care to contact me privately?
dl@dancebooks.co.uk


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