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Trio of all-male performances at Arts Centre
SALISBURY Arts Centre is this week presenting world-class performances celebrating the role of men in theatre and dance – both embracing the traditional and challenging preconceptions and stereotypes.
Pocket Merchant of Venice by Propeller - Wednesday, October 9
THE trio of performances starts on Wednesday with the internationally renowned Shakespeare company Propeller and Pocket Merchant of Venice.
Directed by National Theatre associate director Ed Hall the all-male cast nods to the tradition of Shakespeare’s time, but sets the classic text in a prison.
Hall said: “The Merchant of Venice is one of Shakespeare’s most stimulating and controversial dramas which we have set in a prison called Venice - an environment which brings out the more radical tendencies in human nature, an environment that is fertile ground for the ferocious intolerance that Shakespeare examines.”
Echo by Zoielogic - Thursday, October 10
LIKE many little girls, Zoie Golding’s first experience of dance was putting on her leotard for ballet lessons when she was three.
As she studied at GCSE level and then at college she began to move more towards choreography and, in particular, the energy of modern dance.
“I liked the rough and tumble side of contemporary dance,” she explains. “And when I left college I wanted to work more on that.”
Already having done some work in youth outreach, she founded the all-male youth dance project Fuzzylogic straight out of college.
She now runs Fuzzylogic and its feeder company, Fuzzyvision, which works with boys aged 11 to 15, and Zoielogic Dance Theatre.
“My work is to challenge the perception of dance as being feminine, and to open up access to boys,” says Golding. “It’s about taking down the barriers between dance and men.”
Zoielogic created the touring dance show Echo last year. It proved to be such a success that it is re-touring this year.
“It is suitable for everyone,” says Golding. “The work is designed with the idea of film and cinema in mind, creating that atmosphere that draws you into the action and the world of these five guys. It is a high quality dance production but you don’t have to know about dance or be into dance to enjoy it.”
Echo is described as an “all-male dance explosion that draws on a world of macho action and war”.
Golding says it is about masculinity and fragility and “what you do when you are pushed into a corner”.
Taking inspiration from the macho world of action movies and video games, Echo tells the story of a faceless office that becomes a fractious war zone when mild-mannered Arthur is pushed to the brink over a pair of missing scissors.
More information at logicdance.co.uk.
• Echo is at Salisbury Arts Centre on Thursday at 8pm. Tickets are £12, £10 for concessions.
THE Black Umfolosi 5 - Friday, October 11
THE Black Umfolosi 5 are a five-piece a cappella group from Zimbabwe.
They will be presenting an energetic night of music and gumboot dancing to end the week of male-focussed performances in style.
Zimbabwe’s musical ambassadors are inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that appeals wherever they perform.
The show promises energy, intricacy and exuberant choreography.
• Black Umfolosi 5 are appearing at the arts centre on Friday at 8pm as part of a UK tour. Tickets are £14, or £12 for concessions.
Tickets for all arts centre shows are available from salisburyartscentre.co.uk or on 01722 321744.
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