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Earthquakes, tennis and humanity inspire dance
2Faced Dance Company celebrates its 20th anniversary with a dynamic new triple bill which premieres in Birmingham.
The physical theatre company brings EVERYTHING [but the girl] to the Patrick Centre at Birmingham Hippodrome on February 6-7 followed by a national tour. The bill features two pieces choreographed by 2Faced's artistic director Tamsin Fitzgerald, 7.0 and Hollow in a World Too Full, with a new commission from Fleur Darkin The Qualies.
The emotionally charged 7.0 was first created by Fitzgerald after she visited Haiti in 2010 in the aftermath of its catastrophic earthquake. Returning to the work a decade later, Fitzgerald has re-imagined 7.0. She says: "I'd forgotten what an incredible piece it is! We have made some small changes and tweaks to the choreographic work. In Birmingham and Hereford I'm thrilled that the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will be accompanying us live onstage with Alex Baranowski's original score."
Darkin's The Qualies is a theatrical collaboration with the estate of the late American author David Foster-Wallace to bring his study of tennis player Michael Joyce to life as a dance for four men. Foster-Wallace tailed the low ranked pros at the 1995 Montreal Open, writing about the sacrifice necessary to participate in the contest. "It's a very metaphorical piece," says Darkin. "While it's not specifically about tennis or the Montreal Qualifiers, I hope it makes a comment on this idealisation of the individual, of how the natural desire to play games together becomes a business in order to become commercially viable."
The final piece of the triple bill sees the world premiere of Fitzgerald's Hollow in a World Too Full. Following a man's journey through a world too full, the piece is danced to a newly commissioned score by film and TV composer, Alex Baranowski.
Launched by Fitzgerald in Hereford two decades ago, 2Faced Dance Company has gone on to build a reputation both nationally and internationally for creating and performing current and innovative work and for encouraging and promoting female choreographers.
The triple bill is named after the pop band Everything But The Girl, says Fitzgerald. "Growing up in the nineties I often listened to the group Everything But The Girl and something about the phrase resonated for me and inspired the title of our programme. For our 20th anniversary we are bringing EVERYTHING together to celebrate this and [but the girl] is a play on the fact that I founded the company and have created 90% of the work to date."
And she adds: "I can't wait to premiere our triple bill at the Patrick Studio in Birmingham. It's such a wonderful space. I think audiences are going to love our amazing dancers and the three pieces we're staging…we'll be performing two group pieces and one exhilarating solo so there will be something for everyone."