As the Edinburgh Fringe continues north of the border, London’s inaugural InMotion Festival, celebrating dance and physical theatre, gets underway this week at the Bunker Theatre. The 18-day festival, running from this Wednesday 16 August to Saturday 2 September 2017, comprises seven shows, two transferring directly from Edinburgh, including Theatre Ad Infinitum’s renowned Translunar Paradise.
Bunker Theatre and Theatre Bench present InMotion Festival this month, which features tap to physical theatre, funk music to jazz bands, and promises to get audiences “up and moving this summer”.
This year’s festival is headlined by Theatre Ad Infinitum, who are bringing the critically acclaimed Translunar Paradise to London for the first time in five years. They will be joined by contemporary tap ensemble Old Kent Road with Fall Out as well as a new show commissioned for the Festival by Dirty.Tap.Funk. The festival also includes two companies commissioned by Dance West for this year’s Ignition Festival as well as performances from choreographers Crystal Zillwood and Piedad Albarracin Seiquer.
Bunker Artistic Director Joshua McTaggart said: “The Bunker is thrilled to build on its tradition of housing some of the country’s most innovative emerging dance companies with InMotion taking over the entire space this August. It will also be a privilege to welcome Theatre Ad Infinitum and their astounding production of Translunar Paradise to The Bunker. This breathtaking piece moved me to tears when I first saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and I cannot wait to see its beauty grace our stage in London Bridge.”
Theatre Bench Creative Producer Jim Croxford commented:
“When I discovered The Bunker’s creative team were thinking of launching an annual festival of dance this summer, I leapt at the chance to work with them on it. I’ve often felt the way we define ‘dance’ is too narrow, and audiences can find it unapproachable or difficult to engage with. I wanted this festival to have something for everyone, to make your laugh or cry, and most importantly, to make you want to dance.”
Theatre Ad Infinitum co-Artistic Director George Mann said of the company’s enduring hit Translunar Paradise: “I’ll never forget the first performances of this piece and the response of audiences. Translunar came from such a personal impulse – my father was dying of lung cancer and I felt that I was living in a country and a culture that didn’t offer me a way to deal with my grief – the grief I felt knowing he would die; the grief I felt when he died.
“From this feeling, I set about making this show of love, loss and letting go. Sadly, my father passed before we completed and premiered the production. But the response was heart-warming – the show created what I can only describe as a communal space of grief – a place in which people could share in a feeling of loss and profound love. It was extraordinary. As were the stories audience members shared with us after every show. It was a humbling and unforgettable experience and I look forward to sharing this show once more.”
InMotion Festival Line-up
A celebration of movement in all its forms. The shows in the InMotion Festival at the Bunker Theatre are:
- Fall Out by Old Kent Road: 16-22 August
- They Dance by Casson & Friends: 17-18 August
- Trappist by Holly Noble Dance: 24-25 August (Double Bill)
- Zone by Hack Ballet: 24-25 August (Double Bill)
- Dirty.Tap.Funk. by InMotion: 22 August-2 September
- Spirals by Crystal Zillwood: 26 August
- Ellas triple bill by Piedad Seiquer: 29 August
- Translunar Paradise by Theatre Ad Infinitum: 31 August-2 September
In addition, in the InMotion Introduces: Moving Music strand are the emerging artists:
- Kalon Rae – 9:45pm Friday, 1 September
- Surie – 9:45pm Saturday, 2 September