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Secret Encounters

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Secret Encounters

Performed by C-12 Dance Theatre

Choreographed by Sally Marie, Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Tony Adigun and Corey Baker

 

Four immersive movement pieces appear and disappear in public spaces. Funny, technical, physical and an online tinder date, these pieces are a window into relationships having removed all performance related accessories such as the music, listings, performance times, a curtain call, allowing unsuspecting audiences to experience special, subtle and human relationship moments in a natural way.

 

Each choreographer has created a short movement piece, which responds to the theme ‘First encounters that last forever’.

 

Devised by Adam Towndrow, he says: “At C-12, we are passionate about finding new ways of engaging people, uncovering new audiences and collaborating with artists. I chose choreographers and more importantly, storytellers, who will engage, entertain and provoke conversation to unsuspecting audiences.

 

Corey’s duet, inspired by a same sex tinder date is something light, funny and interacts with audiences.  Annie’s is purest movement, inspired by the force of a magnetic attraction.  Tony’s is an exploration of friendship, competition and camaraderie, with tennis balls! Sally’s piece embodies a full relationship within 7 minutes! As the performances appear at a variety of locations associated and not associated within a festival context, I hope to spark a new dialogue with the public, especially those not interested or engaged with dance.”

 

Funded by Arts Council England

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Creative Team

Adam Towndrow, Producer

Secret Encounters is designed to appear without warning, to take down the boundaries of ‘this is a performance’ removing all performance related affiliations, such as the music, the listing in the programme, the usual performance location and the curtain call, all recognition to suggest that something is happening.  Allowing a subtle and meaningful moment to happen at any given time or place, and perhaps, further to this, question what is performance and what is real life?

 

Sally Marie, Choreographer

What’s your piece about?
It’s a whole relationship, but in 7 minutes. I wanted to see if that was possible. From the first meeting to the growing feeling between two people and then to the issues that threaten to tear them apart. They’re a really charismatic couple and believable to watch. So that made it easier to believe it is a relationship. 

 

What kind of encounter do you want the audience to experience?

To be able to watch a relationship from start to finish. To feel joy, interest, empathy, fun and sense intimacy, love, violence, control, loss and leaving. Its’ a lot in 7 minutes, but it’s all in there, I hope! 
I hope for sense of falling into a story of two people, of feeling drawn into what they experience moment by moment, a feeling of it being almost like a small film, but live -  of two people falling in love.

 

Corey Baker, Choreographer

What’s your piece about?

First dates, most of us have had one before.  On that first greeting is it a handshake, hug or a kiss? Talking too much or maybe not enough because of the butterflies in your tummy. Is this going to be the one or the one I need a good excuse to get out of? Two people meet online and decide to meet for the first time. Watch the tangle of emotions and responses that happen on this first encounter. 

 

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster, Choreographer

What’s your piece about?

Force is a short dance work exploring the uncontrollable energy and magnetism between two people. Exploring connection, touch and the ability to excerpt control over another person without physically touching them, this work explores the draw and captivation two people have towards each other and all the physical responses they may have as a result; friction, gravity, attraction, repulsion. How do these two beings find each other? How do they connect, and what happens to them when they do? Force is a duet of two lovers brought together by a powerful, magnetic and unexplainable attraction.

 

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance

theatre choreographer, maker and movement director. Since 2005, Annie-

Lunnette has been working within the dance and theatre sector, by way

of teaching, performing, choreographing, and creating production

concepts. Annie-Lunnette is a co-founding member of award winning

company, C-12 Dance Theatre and is Associate Choreographer at The

Shakespeare’s Globe. Touring Theatre Credits Include: Latitude Festival,

Wilderness Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity

Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum,

Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, Arcola Theatre and The Albany,

London

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance

theatre choreographer, maker and movement director. Since 2005, Annie-

Lunnette has been working within the dance and theatre sector, by way

of teaching, performing, choreographing, and creating production

concepts. Annie-Lunnette is a co-founding member of award winning

company, C-12 Dance Theatre and is Associate Choreographer at The

Shakespeare’s Globe. Touring Theatre Credits Include: Latitude Festival,

Wilderness Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity

Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum,

Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, Arcola Theatre and The Albany,

LonAnnie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director. Since 2005, Annie-Lunnette has been working within the dance and theatre sector, by way of teaching, performing, choreographing, and creating production concepts. Annie-Lunnette is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre and is Associate Choreographer at The Shakespeare’s Globe. Touring Theatre Credits Include: Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, Arcola Theatre and The Albany, London.

What kind of encounter do you want the audience to experience?

I would like the audience to be intrigued, and connected to the performance. To go on a journey with the performers and be engrossed in the energy and magnetism the pair has with one another. I want them to witness the beauty and elegance of the dancers, the movement vocabulary and to experience the electricity, curiosity and explosive quality of what happens between them.

 

Tony Adigun, Choreographer

What is the piece about?

It is a dynamic, innovative and experimental piece of work, which looks at the concepts of friendship, camaraderie and competition. Two dancers in a relaxed environment develop a complex and intricate relationship in which is presented through a vast range of vocabulary and text. In addition to this it also looks at the element of control through movement with the ideas of power struggles, friendly competitiveness and engaging the audience within the line of passive aggressive behaviourism with the balance of power in friendships, highlighting this change throughout the piece. 

 

THE DEBUT TOUR

June 2nd Dalfsen, Netherlands

June 3rd Zwolle, Netherlands

June 4th Oldenzaal, Netherlands

June 24th Imagine Festival, Watford

June 25th Imagine Festival, Watford

July 1st GDIF, London

July 8th Dance Days, Swansea

July 9th Dance Days, Swansea

July 15th Dancin’ Oxford, Oxfordshire

August 21st bOing Festival, Kent

August 22nd bOing Festival, Kent

August 23rd bOing Festival, Kent

August 24th bOing Festival, Kent

September 9th DNweekeND

October 12th Abbey Road Studio

BACKGROUND FOR EDITOR

C-12 Dance Theatre

Established in 2005, C-12 are an award winning dance theatre company, creating accessible and emotional driven work that makes audiences think and or feel. Their first outdoor commission was in 2008, they have gone on to make several outdoor productions such as ‘Trolleys’ which has toured for 5 years since 2012, including performing in 7 countries, performing to over 50,000 people.  The company won the Argus Award in 2012 for ‘Trolleys’, at the Brighton International Festival, and won the London Inspire Award in 2015, for making dance accessible to the dance community and the wider public.

 

Sally Marie

What’s your background?

Sally Marie trained at Central School of Ballet, working with amongst others, Protein Dance, Sean Tuan John, Jasmin Vardamon and Tilted Productions. She received four nominations as Best Female Performer from both Dance Europe and the National Dance Awards, along with one for the Spotlight Award for new talent.
Of her two solos, The Extra was performed at The Royal Opera House and three full-length works for her company Sweetshop Revolution followed. Her most recent piece, ‘I loved you and I loved you’  toured to twenty venues nationally and was nominated as Best Dance Production by The Welsh Theatre Awards 2015.
She also received a New Adventures Choreography Award 2013 and The Children’s Choreography Award 2014 for a Sadler’s Well’s / Place commission called I am 8. Sweetshop Revolution has been nominated this year as Best Independent Company 2016 by The National Dance Awards. 

 

Sally is presently Playtime Artist at Pavilion Dance South West. Commissions this year include Cherry Pops and Frozen Snow for Edge Hill University, Ice Dust Chronicle for Images, W O N D E R L A N D for Northern School of Contemporary Dance and The Looking Boy for Ignition Festival. Her project Everyday People last summer gave six members of the public the chance to choreograph on four professional dancers and was was followed by a commission to rework her piece Tree for an outdoors festival. Her new piece about women and sexuality has been shortlisted for the final of the Oxford Samuel Beckett Award and the company hope to start their new research in June.

 

Aside from the company, Sally has choreographed Nerve for Baron’s Court Theatre, Reasons to be Cheerful, a musical by GRAEAE for Theatre Royal, Stratford East. She also made Palma Violets, Crimson Smile for the Centre for Advanced Training in Birmingham. and choreographed Ridiculussmuss’s recent show. Alongside her choreographic work, Sally is presently developing her graduate scheme The Sweetshops Tigers and mentoring other artists, mostly recently, Keira Martin, Zoe Parker and Stuart Waters.

 

 

What drew you to Secret Encounters?

The offer of a commission and the wonder of Adam Towndrow! I also liked the idea of how we all so want to know about other people’s relationships, and that we spend so much of our own life, talking about them. It’s one of the most fascinating parts of being human. 

 

Corey Baker

What’s your background?

Corey is an award wining choreographer and filmmaker. Best known for taking dance to unusual locations whether that is on trampolines, phone Boxes, abandoned banks or rugby stadiums like Corey’s show for the Rugby World Cup 15. Corey’s passion is about engaging people with dance, preferably people who never witnessed dance before, and giving them entertaining and meaningful experience of the art form. 

 

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster

What’s your background?

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance

theatre choreographer, maker and movement director. Since 2005, Annie-

Lunnette has been working within the dance and theatre sector, by way

of teaching, performing, choreographing, and creating production

concepts. Annie-Lunnette is a co-founding member of award winning

company, C-12 Dance Theatre and is Associate Choreographer at The

Shakespeare’s Globe. Touring Theatre Credits Include: Latitude Festival,

Wilderness Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity

Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum,

Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, Arcola Theatre and The Albany,

London

Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster is a passionate contemporary dance theatre choreographer, maker and movement director. Since 2005, Annie-Lunnette has been working within the dance and theatre sector, by way of teaching, performing, choreographing, and creating production concepts. Annie-Lunnette is a co-founding member of award winning company, C-12 Dance Theatre and is Associate Choreographer at The Shakespeare’s Globe. Touring Theatre Credits Include: Latitude Festival, Wilderness Festival, Watford Palace Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse, Unity Theatre, Lincoln Drill Hall, Bristol Old Vic, The Lowry, The Drum, Nottingham Playhouse, Mercury Theatre, Arcola Theatre and The Albany, London.

 

What drew you to Secret Encounters?

I was drawn to Secret Encounters because I felt that it was a choreographic opportunity like no other. My brief was to create a 5 minute dance work that could be performed in any location, at any time, and in silence, that can pop up at any point but will leave a long lasting impact on the watcher. It’s very rare to get the chance to create a work that is so brief but has a massive intended impact. It also appealed to me because it challenged the way I work and think as a maker; I had to make a work that is out of context for the audience, which can be both intimate and larger in scale.

 

Tony Adigun

What drew you to Secret Encounters?

My initial draw to Secret encounters was the idea and the explorative challenge of having no music as a driving force for the piece. Traditionally within my repertoire of work music has been my first point of inspiration therefore the idea of no music is a challenge to myself, which intrigues myself as an artist in the exploration of the work. The opportunity to explore the musicality within the physical bodies friendships exploring the highs, lows bass and rhythm within the bodies of the participants. The duet allows a layer of intimacy and space within friendship both between the dancers and with the audience without being literal. In addition to the above the element of outdoors in the general public creating a believable piece which looks to not highlight the dancers but show them as real people, with real situations in real places.

 

Performances:
  • Imagine Festival, Watford

    June 24th & June 25th
    FREE
  • GDIF, London

    July 1st
    FREE
  • Dance Days, Swansea

    July 8th & July 9th
    FREE
  • Dancin' Oxford

    July 15th
    FREE
  • bOing Festival, Kent

    Aug 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th
    FREE
  • DNweekeND, Doncaster

    Sept 9th
    FREE
  • Dalfsen, Netherlands

    June 2nd
    FREE
  • Zwolle, Netherlands

    June 3rd
    FREE
  • Oldenzaal

    June 4th
    FREE
  • Abbey Road Studio, London

    12th October