“Our society is full of fallen angels…”
Lenka Vagernová, is Czech. A land of rolling hills and Velvet Revolutions, of dictatorship and now democracy.
There is a world in which you could read the subtle assurance with which one its foremost choreographers approaches both the choice to - and repercussion of – sin, as a product of that very modern turmoil.
It is, after all, a country that was created a generation ago, out of the ashes of something altogether different.
“I have chosen to work on the theme of fallen angels, cast out from heaven for sin and rebellion,” she said ahead of the rehearsals for 2Faced Dance’s latest show RUN.
“My intention is to find different layers and connections in mythological fallen angels and human beings in order to explore the choice of good and evil in our lives and life path. Our society is full of fallen angels..."
Ms Vagernová joins two other female choreographers in shaping the offering from an all-male cast, based in Hereford.
“I am curious to see how audiences react to an all-female choreographed bill, and if the choice of topics, movement qualities and theatrical situations are gender-influenced.”
That “if” has preoccupied much of Tamsin Fitzgerald’s work over the last twelve months.
The 2Faced artistic director will share choreographing duties for RUN, and has been a leading advocate for closing the gender disparity in that section of the industry.
Her programme – the BENCH – supports those looking to make it as female choreographers and one of its first fellows, Rebecca Evans, rounds out the all-female team behind RUN.
If Ms Vagernová’s story is one of good and evil, the piece’s larger theme is that of another binary and another choice – to fight or to take flight.
Charged with telling it is a changed cast; Ed Warner, Jack Humphrey and Jason Boyle are joined by Louis Parker-Evans and former BBC Young Dancer of the Year, Central School of Ballet’s Kai Tomioka.
Composer Angus MacRae and lighting designer James Mackenzie both return to create the world the dancers step in to, following their collaboration for last year’s Dreaming In Code show.
You can see RUN here. And you should:
Fri 7 & Sat 8 Oct at 7.30pm (please note: national press night is Saturday 8 October) DanceEast, IPSWICH Tickets: www.danceeast.co.uk 01473 295230
Tue 11 Oct at TBC Northcott Theatre, EXETER Tickets: www.exeternorthcott.co.uk 01392 726363 Thurs 13 & Fri 14 Oct at 8pm DanceXchange, BIRMINGHAM Tickets: www.dancexchange.org.uk 0121 667 6730
Wed 19 Oct at 7.45pm Corn Exchange, NEWBURY Tickets: www.cornexchangenew.com 0845 5218 218
Tue 1 Nov at 7.30pm Roses Theatre, TEWKSBURY Tickets: www.rosestheatre.org 01684 295074
Thurs 3 Nov at TBC York Theatre Royal, YORK Tickets: www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk 01904 623568
Thurs 10 Nov at TBC Theatr Brycheiniog, BRECON Tickets: www.brycheiniog.co.uk 01874 611622
Thurs 17 Nov at 7.30pm Pavilion Dance, BOURNEMOUTH Tickets: www.pdsw.org.uk 01202 203630
Wed 23 Nov at TBC Jersey Arts Centre, JERSEY Tickets: www.artscentre.je 01534 700444
Wed 30 Nov at TBC Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Northern Ballet, LEEDS Tickets: www.theatreleeds.com 0113 220 8008