Since 2004, we have been commissioned to create works in a variety of settings for special events and programmes in and around London. A selection of past performance projects are summarised here:
C. Roseus, May 2012 – Commission by London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations, Richmond Park
Richmond Council and The Royal Parks teamed up to host a large community event attended by Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Wild London was the Borough’s first festival aimed at celebrating London’s woodlands, parks and gardens. It was held in the Borough’s largest and finest open space – Richmond Park.
We were commissioned to create “C. Roseus”, a new professional dance work that celebrated the benefits of plants and parks on public health. The choreography was inspired by the very beautiful and magical Isabella Plantation a woodland garden in the heart of Richmond Park. The public performance was followed by a tour of local schools reaching over 600 children in the Borough.
The Big Finish, July 2012 – Commission for the finale of the Big Dance 2012 Launch Event, St Pancras International Station
Big Dance, delivered by Mayor of London and the Foundation for Community Dance, commissioned us to create a performance finale that could engage large numbers in spontaneous participation, as part of the launch of the 2012 festival. Hailed as a “fabulous finale at the end of a great day” by Jacqueline Rose, Big Dance Director, the event marked the beginning of our involvement in Big Dance 2012, to be followed by Dance Holland Park.
Dance Holland Park, July 2012 – English National Ballet commission for Big Dance 2012
English National Ballet commissioned us as one of five West London companies. In gorgeous park surrounds and with live string quartet accompaniment, a diverse programme inspired by the current season of Opera Holland Park was presented.
Lucia took the most literal inspiration from its opera, Lucia di Lammermoor. With short scenes portraying the title character through romance, family manipulation and descent into madness, “Anne-Marie Smalldon’s choreography showed three females representing the same role and being showered with, tormented by and left morbidly lying in flower petals, in this absorbing piece.” Blog, ballet.org.uk