Every year throughout January and February The Place, which lies slap-bang between Euston and Kings Cross St Pancras, hosts an eclectic and increasingly diverse platform of emerging dance and performance work. Expect to see pieces by artists fresh from training, those transitioning from dancer to choreographer or established companies or individuals simply wanting to try something new.
Returning for its 28th year in 2017 audiences can sample three brand new short works each night, with a total of 78 performances across a range of dance styles throughout the festival. Since its birth in 1989 Resolution has been a springboard for such well-known names as Wayne McGregor, Jasmin Vardimon, Hofesh Shechter, Luca Silvestrini (Protein Dance), Katie Prince (Zoonation) and Drew McOnie.
Photo: Anders Duckworth
Fri 20 Jan: Anders Duckworth – Binary
Binary explores the ‘digital’, a medium with apparently no limitations, yet constructed by just 1s and 0s. Seven performers are put to the test; can they make the computer more like them?
This year’s programme features as wide a range of performance work as ever, from Flamenco to hip-hop to Zouk and topics from cloud patterns to American politics explored on stage. Resolution plays an important role in the dance ecosystem, offering a unique platform for artists to present their work on an established London stage, as well as support and guidance throughout the process.
Photo: Menelik Samuels
Thu 23 Feb: Jair Ramirez – Sugarman (presented by Jacksons Lane)
A jaw-dropping aerial dance defying the laws of gravity. Sugarman tells the story of growing up in Colombia and rising above a culture of rubbish and addiction.
This year Breakin’ Convention, Jacksons Lane, Rambert and Grad-Lab Dance development project supported by The Point, Eastleigh have joined up with The Place to co-present work in the festival. This includes Grad Lab supported and South East based dance company ‘Shades of Bray’ who will present Head Over Heels, sharing their encounters of contemporary dance training, expectations of women (or not), the 90s and, of course, Brexit. Head over Heels is described as being fun, frisky, loud and proud!
In addition to the performance work that takes place on stage, Resolution offers participants workshops on all aspects of producing a show, and also operates as a training scheme for young critics, who are given the chance to hone their skills working alongside established dance writers. These include Graham Watts, Sarah Crompton, Sanjoy Roy, Lyndsey Winship and Josephine Leask. An exceptional project that London Calling’s very own freelance writer, Nick Kyprianou took part in, resulting in a terrific starting point in his writing career.
The Place is one of Europe’s most exciting, innovative dance spaces, where artists from all over the world come to push creative boundaries, to experiment and to perform outstanding new work for audiences who expect to be surprised, inspired and delighted. The Place is home to London Contemporary Dance School, Richard Alston Dance Company, a 280 seat theatre, an extensive range of classes, courses and participatory opportunities for adults and young people, and professional development programmes for artists.
For full listings visit their website, where you can also book online or by calling 020 7121 1100. Tickets are £15 (£11 conc.), which goes towards continuing this reputable festival and supporting the artists financially directly.
Keep up to date with what’s happening in Resolution 2017 by following The Place on Twitter (@theplacelondon) and using the hashtag #res17