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.
Excerpts of Ladies & Gentlemen were presented at the Festival of Thrift in Redcar this weekend. The show in its entirety will open this week at Chapter Arts in Cardiff, – September 28, 29, 30. The work will then be touring through October.
Lea will be conducting research at The University of Roehampton 24th-25th October 2016 with a group of Investigative Dance Researchers. They will be examining the movement styles of Muhammad Ali, Michael Jackson and Janis Joplin. This research will form the basis of new work planned to take place in 2017.
Snapshot, a new work commissioned by Step Up Dance Project will premiere at Dance Limerick on Wednesday 24th August and will tour to NUI Galway on Thursday 25th August, Firkin Crane, Cork on Friday 26th August and Dancehouse, Dublin, on Saturday 27th August 2016.
Performers: Harry Alexander, Amy Bell, Anders Duckworth, Annie Hanauer with Vincenzo D’Acquisto, Ruben Brown, Samuel Costello, Madeleine Jonsson, Sophie Moores, Sean Murray, Georgia Redgrave , Ellen Slatkin,
Lea and Jane Pritchard (curator of dance for the V & A museum), will have a conversation about costume and choreography and the Hand In Glove exhibition in the Lecture Theatre at the museum at midday on Sunday 24th 2016. Free entrance