Watteau Duets - T02001160034As part of the V&A’s autumn exhibition Post Modernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990, Armitage Gone! Dance performs another Armitage classic. The Watteau Duets (1985), set to a score performed live by sonic duo TALIBAM!, portrays the battle of the sexes as a war dance with a sense of humour. Through sly references to the conventions of classical pas de deux, the audience is drawn into the intense world of a couple as they move through various stages of courtship, from secretive glances via erotic pleasure to complex normality. This is a one-off opportunity to see a rarely performed work, specially staged for the museum’s unique setting. The second half of the evening offers audiences the opportunity to share in a discussion between Karole Armitage and notable experts in the fields of Postmodernism and dance.
|14 Oct 11||Victoria and Albert Museum, Inner London :: V0247389107|
listing details L01719430607
Two Theories/Drastic-Classicism - T430224283Not seen in London since 1985, '80s wild child Karole Armitage returns to Dance Umbrella with a world premiere and the revival of a seminal classic. Striking, elegant and dramatic, Two Theories - Quantum & String is performed by the company of ten captivatingly brilliant dancers, and explores the poetry underlying the pillars of 20th-century theoretical physics. Armitage's signature work from 1981, Drastic-Classicism, is performed to Rhys Chatham's clangorous score, played live by five guitarists amidst the dancers. When this outrageously high-energy performance premiered in New York 30 years ago, it shocked audiences with its audacity, pairing classical movement with the raw energy of punk's wall of sound. Today its impact is no less striking.Choreographer Karole Armitage.
|11 Oct 11||Southbank Centre, West End :: V423|
listing details L01390035227