In a one off performance, Step Sonic explores new ways of making music, be it, for example, from the rhythm of dancers’ impact on a stage wired for sound, or by using the rhythms of bats’ echolocation.
Step Sonic is split into two parts. In Part 1 three dancers come together in an amplified environment. All the sounds they make – the impact of their feet and bodies on the floor, their breath, their voices – are captured by shotgun microphones, custom made instruments, plate reverbs and amplified boxes.
These sounds are sampled and amplified live by the composer Jo Wills; and through this process, the dancers themselves – now collectively The Band – become simultaneously dancers and musicians.
Part 2 consists of three solos by three different choreographers. Tom Dale himself dances the first piece, SURGE, described as “adrenaline charged, awe inspiring, furious urban contemporary dance.”
The second piece comes from the London-based dancer and choreographer Eleesha Drennan, of whom dance writer Judith Mackrell said, “her imagery is strong and original.”
Drennan has created work for a wide range of contemporary outfits, including National Dance Company of Wales and the London College of Fashion.
Her piece in Step Sonic is called Resonance and uses the unexpected rhythms of bat echolocation to set the score for a virtuosity display of visible echoes.
The third and final piece of the evening is an as-yet untitled work by Jamaal Burkmar. A graduate of the Leeds-based Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Burkmar is the holder of the 2016 New Adventures Choreography Award, run by Matthew Bourne’s company to promote young up-and-coming dance makers.
Bourne described Jamaal Burkmar as “an exceptional new voice.” Burkmar’s new work for Step Sonic, still in gestation, promises soul, rhythm and blues, funk, pop and a classical music infusion inspired by Janelle Monae.
Age Guidance: 12+
|What||Tom Dale Company, Step Sonic, The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
On 14 Nov 19, 19:30 Dur.: TBC
|Price||£17 (concessions £13)|
|Website||Click here to book|