Welcome to the CriticalDance coverage of Dance Umbrella 2003, the UK's leading modern dance festival in this its 25th Anniversary Year. Below you will find links to all the artists and companies taking part in Dance Umbrella 2003 plus the venues and the Dance Umbrella website.

As always we will post all the performance information, newspaper features and reviews plus our own reviews and most important of all your comments. A feature of our coverage this year is our Posting Competition and click here for details.

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Hope you enjoy Dance Umbrella 2003!

   
         
   
I've had the best possible time.' The words bubble up out of Val Bourne, founder and artistic director of Dance Umbrella, as she looks back on twenty-five years of the UK 's premier contemporary dance festival. ‘It's great that we've lasted this long. Rumour had it, the powers that be thought if they gave us enough rope we'd hang ourselves.

Maybe they just didn't give us enough rope! ‘I've been extraordinarily lucky,' Bourne continues on a more reflective note. ‘It's been a great time for contemporary dance, if you think about it. In the beginning a lot of work looked rather similar because it was all coming out of just two schools. 25 years on and contemporary dance is remarkably rich in its diversity and scope.'

Dance Umbrella 2003 will try to reflect that great variety, while also honouring its own multifarious history. The season kicks off September 28 with a celebratory birthday gala performance at Sadler's Wells. The line-up may include work from the likes of Matthew Bourne, Bill T Jones, and Mark Morris. The evening is, in part, a fund-raiser. ‘We need to make some money,' Bourne says, ‘in order to pay for other artistic indulgences later in the festival.' Opening night isn't the only time that Umbrella will spotlight a clutch of performances.

 
 
   

DANCE UMBRELLA POSTING COMPETITION

BIRTHDAY GALA

MICHAEL CLARK (UK)

TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY (USA)

JOSEF NADJ (FRANCE)

DEJA DONNE (CZECH REPUBLIC/ITALY)

TESHIGAWARA/KARAS (JAPAN)

CHARLES LINEHAN COMPANY (UK)

JONATHAN BURROWS & MATTEO FARGION (UK)

ROSAS: Small Hands (BELGIUM)

STEPHEN PETRONIO COMPANY (USA)

ROSAS: Once (BELGIUM)

JOHN JASPERSE COMPANY (USA)

SILVER CELEBRATION

BALLETT FRANKFURT (GERMANY)

RUSSELL MALIPHANT COMPANY (UK)

VINCENT MANTSOE (SOUTH AFRICA)

LAURIE BOOTH (UK)

SARA PEARSON/PATRIK WIDRIG AND COMPANY (USA)

INBAL PINTO DANCE COMPANY (ISRAEL)

MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY (USA)

MATTHEW HAWKINS (UK)

 
 
     
 

UMBRELLA UNFURLED

October 2003 Royal Festival Hall -

To celebrate Dance Umbrella's 25th anniversary, famous, infamous and never before seen historical and documentary footage of the Dance Umbrella festival will slowly reveal itself through the month of October in a growing video installation throughout the Royal Festival Hall foyers.

Free of charge. For more details see www.rfh.org.uk

DANCE ON SCREEN

The Place's Dance on Screen festival is now in its ninth year. It features screenings of new work by some of the finest dance film makers from around the world - International Screenings, as well as providing a showcase for emerging artists at the Open Forum. There is a programme of work to challenge the notion of what dance film is, alongside work from film and television at Dance Flicks.

In addition there are presentations by some of the key players in the dance film world, including directors, choreographers, producers and funders in Insights.

Watch out for One Minute Wanders, the fourth series of extremely short dance films that will be premiered at Dance on Screen. Don't miss Club 18/25 (frames per second), a cocktail of film, music and dance. And new to the festival, an afternoon of dance documentaries, Dance in the Doc.

Master Class 25 - 30 Oct
Screenings and Talks 28 Oct - 2 Nov

For a Dance on Screen brochure, application
details and deadlines telephone
videoworks: 020 7383 0516

or email: videoworks@theplace.org.uk

website: www.theplace.org.uk/watch/videoworks/dance_on_screen.htm

EXHIBITION:

DANCE PHOTOGRAPHS BY CHRIS HArris from Tue 30 Sep.

THEATRE MUSEUM
PUBLIC ENTRANCE
RUSSELL STREET
COVENT GARDEN
LONDON WC2E 7PR

The Theatre Museum is celebrating Dance Umbrella's twenty-fifth anniversary with an exhibition of dance photographs by Chris Harris. Featuring leading dancers such as Michael Clark, Bill T Jones and Arnie Zane, and Siobhan Davies who all appeared at the Riverside Studios and elsewhere in the 1980s. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book highlighting some of Chris Harris' best dance work, with a preface by Val Bourne.

For more details see www.theatremuseum.org
or call 020 7943 4700

DANCE DISCUSSION

LIVING IN A POLITICAL WORLD?
Thurs 23 Oct 4.30 - 6.30pm - SOUTH BANK CENTRE: VOICE BOX

How does dance engage with politics?
Can it comment on political issues, or influence world events? Provocative speakers and a chance to contribute to the debate.
Free of charge

For further information, and to book your place contact Dance UK on 020 7228 4990

 
     
 
   
   
 
 
 
 

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