Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Re-views // Inter-views

After a week's run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, several reviews of Joan's duet Dreamt for Light Years have appeared on printed and digital media. Here's a selection of press quotes:

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Broadway Baby: 'It is an intense and engaging work: flowing, varied, perfectly paced and danced with moving tenderness.'
What's on Stage: 'haunting and beautifully evocative'
Edinburgh Guide: 'This exciting and beautiful choreography, danced with superb skill and strength, made tangible the inescapable truth that change is unavoidable and necessary.'
SGfringe: 'This was dance at its best.'
Across the Arts: 'Dreamt for light years left me with a lump in my throat (...) It isn't often that a duet based on a relationship let's you in to their world; I felt involved in the relationship with every step, shift and emotion.'

+ Click HERE to watch Article 19's interview with Joan and Scottish Dance Theatre's Assistant Director, Sally Owen.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Interview with The List

Read Joan's interview with The List's Edinburgh Festival Guide HERE.

Joan's duet Dreamt for Light Years will be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from the 23rd to the 28th of August as part of Scottish Dance Theatre's programme Matters of the Heart.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Dreamt for Light Years at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Joan's duet Dreamt for Light Years will be performed at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as part of Scottish Dance Theatre's programme Matters of the Heart, featuring works by New York based choreographer Kate Weare and  SDT's Assistant Director Sally Owen.

The programme has been included in the 2011 Made in Scotland showcase, curated by the Scottish Government’s Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund, which is a partnership between the Festival Fringe Society, the Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST) and Creative Scotland. To find out more about it and  to download the full of programme of Made in Scotland go to:

Scottish Dance Theatre will be presenting Matters of the Heart at Zoo Southside (venue 82) from the 23rd to the 28th of August (show starts at 6.30 pm). Book your tickets now clicking here.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Caducifolio in Japan

Last 15th and 16th of July, Joan's work Caducifolio was re-staged in Osaka. The piece was originally created in 2008 for the Young Choreographers' Workshop of the Graz Opera (Austria). In this occasion, it was part of the programme Collage, directed by Japanese dancer and choreographer Young na Hyun. The show featured emerging European and Japanese dance-makers and had two sold out performances at the Ai Hall.

Four dancers joined Young na herself and Matthias Strahm, who were dancing in the original production. The newcomers were Koto Aoki (freelance dancer based in Graz), Norikazu Aoki (member of the Graz Opera Ballet), Reona Sato (soloist of the Slovakian National Theatre) and Shota Inoue (dancer of the Leipzig Ballet).

These performances were also very special for Matthias, since they were his farewell from the stage as a dancer. Matthias received his dance training at the National Dance Academy in Amsterdam, and since then has worked worked in several companies in Portugal, Spain and Austria. He's moving now to the UK where he will focus on his career as a fashion and costume designer.