VenueHoxton Hall
TownInner London
CountyGreater London
From23rd June 2006
To24th June 2006
PricesFrom £10.00. To £12.50.
What is currently on at Hoxton Hall (V204)

Fran Barbe Dance


Archive :: production:T2032818173, dance or ballet:S1215771064, venue:V204


Chimaera is the latest work from Fran Barbe Dance, whose previous works include Palpitation and Fine Bone Chine. Their work utilises contemporary Japanese techniques of Butoh and Suzuki in combination with western dance theatre and physical theatre. Their unique training methods results in a signature aesthetic, exploiting the power of minimalism and a taste for the fantastic and the grotesque to delight and involve audiences in the themes of their work. Chimaera is a hybrid creature, between fantasy and reality. In myth and art they are often considered monstrous, but this work explores the hybrid as a way of making sense of the constant state of change in our lives. We are by our very nature 'multiple'. Our myths and fairy tales are full of images of transfigurations, and so is our organic life from birth to death. Beginning with birth as a crash landing, the piece moves through adolescence and a bizarre ballroom on the cusp of adulthood, playfully exploring what makes us change throughout our lives. For this new work, the company mixes Butoh and ballroom dancing, and momentarily breaks into song, fully utilising the diverse skills of the performers in dance, acting and music.


Choreographer Frances Barbe
Music Keith Johnson
Design Hannah Gravestock
Design Fran Barbe
Performer Dan Canham
Performer Laura Dannequin
Performer William Dickie
Performer Nina Fog
Performer Scarlett Perdereau
Performer Dominic Rouse
Performer Fran Barbe

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