The world premieres of four new works by choreographers David Murley, Richard Chappell and Anaish Parmar that explore different aspects of British culture.
The centrepiece of 'Hail Britannia' was commissioned by HRH the Prince of Wales to celebrate the gardens at Highgrove House, his Gloucestershire home. Written by renowned British composer, Patrick Hawes, the garden is depicted through one girl’s journey into womanhood, following her transition from innocence to maturity, and thus emerging her from the grasp of a widowed mother into the arms of a handsome stranger.
Few historic moments parallel the shaping of British culture like the conflict between religion and monarchy. With a 12thcentury setting the audience are thrust into the heat of the argument between Henry II and Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, that ultimately results in the Archbishop's vicious murder. Powerful and lively movement portrays the pair's decaying relationship reversal from friend to foe.
A strikingly hilarious piece that follows three backpackers to eccentrically named UK towns and cities. From ‘Cockfosters’ to ‘Fannyfield’, Frisky Claptrap is a new and original take on British humour leaving audiences chuckling the words “only in Britain…!”
From henna parties to stag nights, Shaadi celebrates the colour and spice of matrimonials held up and down the UK. Exuding symbolism, the piece contrasts the Eastern and Western traditions that have together moulded the 'British-Asian' wedding celebration. Loosely based on Nijinksa's Les Noces, this is a 'vibrant ballet-wood romp in preparation for the big day.
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