Dance City Commission 2021/22 for Somnium with Fertile Ground
In 2021 I was awarded Dance City Commission to create Somnium, my new dance film for Fertile Ground. To watch Somnium trailer go to: https://vimeo.com/582923070
The film will premiere at Dance City, Newcastle on October 14th, 2021 and will be presented as part of Fertile Ground Myths and Dreams tour.
To book your tickets for the premiere go to https://www.dancecity.co.uk/performance/165299/myths-and-dreams-fertile-ground/
To learn more about Fertile Ground go to: https://www.fertileground.org.uk/
Postcards to Alicia for English National Ballet Digital Dance Journeys
In early 2020 I was invited again to co-direct ENB’s large-scale engagement programme Dance Journeys. Unable to perform to live audiences during the pandemic, we have re-imagined this new production as a trilogy of short dance films that celebrate the Company’s 70th Anniversary.
Filmed in the environments of ENB’s impressive new home, Postcards to Alicia brings together ENB Youth Company and students from East and North London schools. The work is co-directed and choreographed by me and Renaud Wiser and created in collaboration with filmmaker Laurent Liotardo. This year’s production features a captivating score composed by long-time collaborator Szymon Brzóska, recorded by the Royal College of Music Junior Department. Look out for the release dates on ENB’s project site! https://www.ballet.org.uk/project/dance-journeys/
Ten by Ten with New Movement Collective
2020 marked the 10th Anniversary of New Movement Collective. To celebrate, we created a new short dance film, working remotely across borders. Ten by Ten was filmed with our mobile phones on locations in England, Scotland, Spain, France and Hong Kong and features music by the Mercury Prize nominee Anna Meredith.
Check the NMC new website to watch the film and read more about the makers https://newmovement.org.uk/works/ten-by-ten/
Project XO Remote with New Movement Collective
In June 2021 we presented over 50 short digital performances live-streamed globally from Stone Nest in London. Originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Project XO Remote is a new interactive dance installation devised by NMC that invites audiences to discover, create and play. In this experimental event, specially designed for audiences online, we are using cutting edge wearable technology to create a 3-way live interaction between remote participants, dancers and technology. I have worked on this project as a producer and one of the performers. We spoke about the event to DanceTabs’s author Josephine Leask https://dancetabs.com/2021/06/dipping-into-wearable-robotics-and-performance-with-new-movement-collectives-project-xo-remote/
Rambert Tryptyk with Sopot Dance Theatre
In 2020 I took part in Choreographic Territories – New Paths for the Avant-Garde programme in Poland, with our winning triple bill proposal created with Joanna Czajkowska and Anna Akabali. Focused on iconic female figures in Polish dance history, the 2020 edition of Choreographic Territories was dedicated to Marie Rambert. Performed by the Sopot Dance Theatre, my part of the evening was created nearly entirely online during the pandemic, with live performances in Sopot and Lublin in the autumn of 2020 and viewings of the performance across festivals in Central and Eastern Europe. Watch the performance trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va-nCdlY2Ao
Artist in Residence at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
In early 2020 I flew to Hong Kong to work with students of the world-class Academy for Performing Arts, teaching, researching and creating a new piece for them. With the outbreak of the coronavirus our classes quickly moved online but I was lucky to eventually get to work with the APA dancers and the staff in their beautiful Wan Chai studios. During a challenging year for dance and for young people, I’m glad to have played a small part in these students' professional development and to have met many new friends in Hong Kong.
Lastly, I hope that you can join me in celebrating my recently earned Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance! Thank you to all my tutors, colleagues and friends for their support during the studies.
Malgorzata Dzierzon in J. Edna and Mother Tolson
Choreography Javier De Frutos
Photography Ingmar Jernberg