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Scottish Dance Theatre: Double Bill

© Jane Hobson

Scottish Dance Theatre will bring its Double Bill to Ipswich next month, with local dancer Harry Clark dancing as part of the company. Scotland’s national contemporary dance company will perform at DanceEast’s Jerwood DanceHouse for the first time on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October, with a Double Bill set to delight lucky audiences that can watch the work on their doorsteps.

Harry, an Ipswich local, is currently flying the flag for the town in Dundee with Scottish Dance Theatre, having joined the company in January 2017. Harry’s initial training was at Ipswich’s Angela Rowe School of Dance, as well as the Royal Ballet School as part of the Mid and Senior associate programmes. DanceEast’s Suffolk Junior Dance Company also played a part in Harry’s early dance life, so it is only fitting he returns to the Jerwood DanceHouse with Scottish Dance Theatre. In 2010, Harry continued his professional training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2013. He was chosen to perform alongside Rambert in Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva, and upon graduating, danced with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures on the UK and international tour of Swan Lake before joining Scottish Dance Theatre.

Harry will be performing as part of the company’s Double Bill next month. In a fusion of dance styles, the performance will blur the boundaries between ballet, contemporary and hip hop through two pieces. Scottish Dance Theatre works to commission some of the most exciting choreographers and artists from all over the world to make bold and daring new works, and its Double Bill to be presented in Ipswich is no exception.

Dreamers, by Slovakian-born, Belgian-based choreographer Anton Lachky, is about people who dare to dream while not being asleep. In this highly physical work, audiences are encouraged to make sense of apparent nonsense, and challenged to see the close relationship between reality and surrealism. Lachky points out our human tendency to fantasise and our vulnerability as dreamers, and exaggerates and twists the dance material to create his uniquely funny and cartoon-esque style. Dreamers is set to music by Bach, Haydn, and Chopin, observing the close relationship between reality and surrealism, against a classical music backdrop.

At the opposite end of the musical spectrum, TuTuMucky by London-based choreographer Botis Seva is set to a score of original music by beat producer Torben Lars Sylvest. The work is inspired by an interest in social order, structured lifestyles and hierarchies, and explores how, in a world full of order, we find peace in chaos. TuTuMucky defies traditional classification to offer a distinctively new form of dance that blurs the boundaries of dance technique, against a completely alternate soundscape.

Suitable for age 12+ years. Tickets are available now, from £12, and £9 concessions. Group discounts and school concessions are also available. Buy tickets at danceeast.co.uk or by calling our Box Office on 01473 295230.