Guest Artist: Alleyne Dance - Northern School of Contemporary Dance


Thursday 2nd May 2019, 2:09pm Guest Artist: Alleyne Dance


"... two of the most striking dancers you can currently see, bursting with dynamism and guillotine-sharp precision." - The Guardian on Alleyne Dance

Future Now guest choreographers Sadé and Kristina Alleyne founded Alleyne Dance in 2014. Their dance vocabulary blends Afro-Caribbean, Hip-Hop, Kathak, Latin and Circus skills.

The twins gained experience from working the likes of Akram Khan, Wim Vandekeybus, Vincent Mantsoe, and Gregory Maqoma. Their movement is fast-paced and dynamic, infused with lyrical fluidity and a focus on rhythms and textures.

Alleyne Dance workshops have been taught at festivals and venues in over 18 countries. The sisters have created 10 commissions to date, and they are currently touring new work A Night's Game across the UK and internationally.

A new work Testimonies is also in development and will premiere in London as part of a double bill titled The Other Side of Me.

Alleyne Dance were awarded the BENCH commission to create an outdoor touring piece for 2Faced Dance Company, as well as commissions for the EDGE 2020 tour and a cross-generational outdoor dance piece with The Albany Theatre.

Ahead of graduation performances Wednesday 3rd - Saturday 6th July, we asked Sadé and Kristina to reveal a little about their creative process and what we can expect to see.

Get a taste of Alleyne Dance's work

Q. How would you describe your practice as a whole?

A. We tend to let the physicality predict the emotions of our works. Our pieces tend to be rhythmically challenging as we come from a background in Kathak and African dance. We focus a lot on how the hands can be expressive and leave a memory in the space.

Q. Can you tell us what you are currently working on with the students? Are there any ideas or themes in particular that you are dealing with?

A. Our new work Innocent Children is a physically emotional piece. This piece of poetry will inspire us as we create the work:

“Your bargain with your Lord is finally complete,

Because you are all martyrs without fear or grief

Who gave all you had for your precious belief,

You promised Him your souls and He promised you much more

Now you can enjoy what He’s kept in store.”

Q. How have you found the process of developing new work with our students so far?

A. Innocent Children references the physical language of our previous work A Night’s Game. The dancers will have a lot of creative input in this creation, and they’ll need to be prepared for the fact that the piece is inspired by true events but will be delivered in an abstract format.

Join us on Weds 3 – Sat 6 July for a collection of fresh dance works performed by dance’s current and future trailblazers.

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