Avant Garde Dance Company Half Term Creative Residency: 25 – 28 Oct

Barbican Theatre is offering an amazing opportunity for 18 dancers to work with cutting edge Avant Garde Dance through a series of intensive master classes this half term, culminating in a live performance on stage!

These intensive workshops are perfect for dancers, artists, practitioners, dance students/graduates, aged 14 to 25, in the Plymouth area who want to develop with some of the UKs leading choreographers and facilitators as well as the Fagin’s Twist cast.

The master classes take place at Barbican Theatre from 25 – 28 October. The week concludes with the piece created in the residency featuring in Avant Garde Dance’s performance of Fagin’s Twist at Barbican Theatre on Friday 28 October.

Places on the Avant Garde Dance Creative Residency intensive master classes cost £50 (this is being subsidised by Barbican Theatre) and run on these dates/times at Barbican Theatre:

Tuesday 25 October 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 26 October 10am – 6pm
Thursday 27 October 10am – 6pm
Friday 28 October 10am – 9pm (including dress rehearsals, technical run through and evening performance in Fagin’s Twist)

To book your place please call 01752 267131 or email rosie@barbicantheatre.co.uk. A limited number of bursaries are available – please contact rosie@barbicantheatre.co.uk for more information.

Barbican Theatre’s Dance Director Jules Laville says,

“We are really excited to be working with Avant Garde to create this inspirational opportunity for 18 young, local dancers. This truly is an amazing chance for them to intensively train, rehearse and perform alongside these exceptional professional dancers, while they develop new performance and choreography skills. And if that’s not enough they then get to appear on stage as part of the incredible Fagin’s Twist performance!”.

Fagin’s Twist is the first major production and UK tour by Avant Garde Dance Company since their highly successful music-inspired dance work The Black Album in 2012. Their performance at Barbican Theatre on 28 October is the final date in their UK tour.

Click here to view the Fagin’s Twist tour trailer

Led by Artistic Director, Tony Adigun, Fagin’s Twist is an ambitious reimagining of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Taking the classic piece of literature as its starting point, Fagin’s Twist presents an evocative story of Fagin’s youth, corrupted by greed and worn down by poverty. Tony Adigun has directed and worked with a number of high profile artists including Cheryl Cole, Usher, Mel B, Janet Jackson and the late Whitney Houston, and adds a twist to Dickens’ classic to create a poignant, coming-of-age dance drama which draws parallels between Victorian London and the modern society we inhabit.

Tony Adigun explains why he decided to create this show;

“I have always been excited by the idea of retelling a popular tale. I wanted to add a mischievous twist that would play with, and challenge audiences’ perspectives of a much loved classic.”

Tickets for Avant Garde Dance’s performance of Fagin’s Twist at 7:30pm on Friday 28 October are £14 full and £11 concession (under 16s, students, disabled and over 60s) and can be bought 24 hours a day atwww.barbicantheatre.co.uk/performances, between 11am and 6pm on weekdays by calling 01752 267131 or in person at Barbican Theatre.

Photo credit: Rachel Cherry c/o Avant Garde Dance and The Place.