London’s new InMotion Festival of dance and physical theatre officially opens tonight (16 August 2017) at The Bunker Theatre with the direct-from-Edinburgh transfer of Fall Out, by contemporary tap ensemble company Old Kent Road.
Old Kent Road, named after the London thoroughfare a few minutes away from The Bunker in SE1, made its Edinburgh Fringe debut with Fall Out, which won rave reviews during its week’s stint at Edinburgh’s Dance Base. It now comes launches InMotion, running from 16 to 22 August.
See the Sound. Feel the Movement.
Fall Out begins a journey through quintessential jazz, entangling movement within the graceful perspective of tap dance. Conversations of question and answer between soloists of the band and the performers, expose emotions and trigger manoeuvres back and forth between each art form on stage.
Led by a live band, the dancers in Fall Out take an experimental ride attempting to understand a journey of falling out of love. In particular, these fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love and raw relationship for tap dance. Using the sparse set up of the wooden boards concealing how love can never be defined, Fall Out pushes the boundaries of strength and intensity through the bare sounds of music and dance, articulated through complex rhythms and spectacularly technical performance.
Also at InMotion, Old Kent Road will present a new piece specially commissioned for the festival: Dirty.Tap.Funk. will have performances from 22 August to 2 September 2017.
Founded by artistic director Avalon Rathgeb in 2014, Old Kent Road aims to gather the very best tap dancers and musicians to create unique passionate tap choreography, bigger and better than the sum of its parts.
The InMotion Festival, produced by Bunker Theatre and Theatre Bench, continues until 2 September 2017. It features five further shows Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Translunar Paradise, another Edinburgh transfer, seen in London for the first time in five years.
Old Kent Road meets Arthur’s Seat
While in Edinburgh, some of the Fall Out company climbed Arthur’s Seat and gave it a little Shim Sham Shimmy action.