New work for National Youth Dance Wales premieres Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport, Wales. Choreographed by Lea Anderson, music composed by Steve Blake, costume design by George Hampton Wale. Photos by Sian Trenberth.
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In summer 2021- Chelsea Theatre in West London invited Lea Anderson to create a bespoke project to mark the end of lock-down.
Lea created the first DANCE-CAPTURE collection. Inspired by her residency at the Horniman museum, London and her Creative Fellowship at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum Exeter 2019/2020, Lea and Chelsea theatre set up a bespoke outdoor film studio and invited anyone who had a dance that they wished to donate to the Dance-Capture collection to come and be filmed by a professional crew.
The response was overwhelming and unpredictable. The crew filmed street dance, tango, ballet, capoeira, disco, contemporary and traditional dances from England, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico and Bulgaria.
Some contributors started dancing in lockdown, others had a history of dancing with groups or alone.
Lost Duets from Yippeee!!! 2006, Performed from Hidden Locations for your Entertainment by students from Trinity Laban as part of the Historical project.
In this work the dancers were taken through the same process to create duets as the original dancers in Yippeee!!! 2006. The huge difference of course was that the dancers were in lockdown. We used this opportunity to examine the nature of a duet and to ask the question- How can a duet be created when the partners are not in the same location? This is result of that investigation.
Choreographer & director: Lea Anderson
Rehearsal Director: Valentina Formenti
Original music by Steve Blake, played by Yum Yum Band
Original design & quarantine proposition: Simon Vincenzi
Film tutorials by Frances Scott & Phil Coy
Charlotte & Andrea
Anna & Harriet
Emma & Julia
Emily & Amelia
Eleni & Chloe
Frankie & Megan
Maitland & Niamh
Stephanie & Brittany
Ciara & herself
Charlie & Inka
Rebecca & Bethany
Premiere of our new lock-down film project, funded by our wonderful supporters & hosted by Pavilion Dance South West
Thursday July 9th 2020
Maho Ihara in Elvis Legs (Quarantine Mix)
How To Do Stuff
New work created by Lea with 3rd year students at Northern School of Contemporary Dance is now available to view on the school website.
This project started immediately after lockdown and all the work has been created by students in their homes.
The students each created their own “How To” video, copying and improving internet content.
Images above by Niamh Milligan, Louis Thato Partridge, Reynaldo Santos, Colette Kite, Amber Howells and Nicole Nevitt
I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a new filmed version of Elvis Legs, first created for The Featherstonehaughs Go Las Vegas in 1995. This project will incorporate 3 casts of Elvis legs (9 dancers) who will perform and film the dance at home, creating a 9 panel Quarantine Mix. This project will pay unemployed dancers languishing at home to dance and will be free to watch for a lockdown audience. !8 days to go to raise the full sum. . . .
Peruvian contemporary dance company’s first commissioned work tours to the UK in January 2020
Laberinto, Lea’s work for Danza PUCP in Lima Peru with music by Steve Blake, costume design by Alonso Nuñez and staging and lighting design by Mariano Marquez will be touring the UK for the first time with performances at:
Bristol Old Vic Studio- 16, 17, 18 January 2020
Swansea, Express Yourself Festival, Elysium Gallery- 21 January 2020
Newport Riverfront Theatre- 23 January 2020
Lea has been awarded an Arts and Culture Creative Fellow at the Bill Douglas Museum Cinema Museum at Exeter University and will be conducting research into peepshows, lantern slides, stereoscopes, panoramas and other optical objects, looking at ways this collection might inspire live work.