Photo: Celine Fortenbaucher

SKIN DEEP SONIC TRANSMISSIONS

September 28, 2019

Skin Deep presents Sonic Tranmissions an evening with House of Absolute at ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art).

In this debut collaboration between Skin Deep and dance collective House Of Absolute, we're hosting an evening of live performance and conversations. 

House of Absolute are an all-female powerhouse – cultivating honest expression through dance, with music and art.

The evening will weave together conversations with curator/creator Julia Cheng, along with live performances from HOA. We'll be exploring identity, politics, music and style to offer an alternative to the way we usually experience dance, movement and sound.

This is our first Sonic Bodies event, a spin-off of our favourite Sonic Transmissions series.

COME MOVE WITH US, we're ready...

WILDERNESS FESTIVAL

August 03, 2019

The ultimate culture clash – classical music meets grime, house and electronica, each step taken with poise and finesse as ballet meets popping, waacking and ambient footwork. We like to move, come hustle with us.

Producer and composer JK Rodgman collaborates with cross-arts partners, stepping between genres and experimenting with classical music, sound design and electronics. Engaging with diverse communities and audiences, she is equally comfortable writing for the concert hall, as she is for VR film, dance, spoken word and digital arts projects.

Female powerhouse, House of Absolute, cultivate honest expression through dance and music. Based in London, they bring highly talented creative artists, specialising in interdisciplinary approaches, to performance through dance, music, art and mixed media.

POET IN THE CITY

June 05, 2019

The Importance of Music to Girls with Lavinia Greenlaw

Presented by Poet in the City

From the tracks that define a moment to the sounds that shape an identity, award-winning poet and novelist Lavinia Greenlaw hits replay on her celebrated memoir, The Importance of Music to Girls.

In this special event, Greenlaw, with the help of composer Harry Escott and dance artist Julia Cheng, as she shimmies, side steps, pirouettes and boogies through the pivotal songs that make up the soundtrack to her life, exploring the intricate relationship we all have with music from early encounters as children to the formative experiences of adolescence.

Following the performance, there will be a 1970s Village Hall Disco, with a playlist specially curated by Greenlaw herself.

ROUGH FOR OPERA 17

May 12, 2019

ROUGH FOR OPERA

A night of new opera

MON 13 MAY 2019

rough for opera #17 | 13.05.19

Join us for a scratch night for new opera produced and curated by Second Movement with new opera from composers Santa Bušs and Alex Ho

Speak Red (working title)
Santa Bušs (composer) and FXXX BXXXXX (librettist)
Presented by Oedipa

 

Dreaming Clouds
Alex Ho (composer) Julia Cheng (choreographer)

ARTIST EXCHANGE LUTON

April 26, 2019

This is free artist exchange session facilitated by Julia Cheng and supported by Little Red Creative Studios.

Artist of all disciplines are welcome to join our open cross-generation dialogues and open space sharings to build the Luton community.

This session takes place every month at Little Red Creative Studios in order to skill-share, connect and be a creative hub for artistic output. 

The next date for Grassroots Luton - Artist Exchange II is Saturday 27th April , 

1-3pm Little Red Creative Studios

32A George Street, 

Luton 

BBC YOUNG DANCERS 2019

April 18, 2019

BBC Young Dancer returns to television in April. The Category Finalists in each of the Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian Dance and Street Dance sections have been announced. Indeed, those Category Finals have already been recorded at The Lowry, Salford and will be broadcast on BBC Four from 19 April.

The Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC Two on 18 May from Birmingham Hippodrome.

BBC Young Dancer 2019: Mentors

Ballet: Begona Cao-mirandaBethany Kingsley-Garner, a Principal dancer with Scottish Ballet and Iain Mackay, former principal of Birmingham Royal Ballet and current Director of Yorkshire Ballet Summer School.

Contemporary: Artistic Director and choreographer of AVA DANCE COMPANYAvatâra Ayuso, and choreographer, dancer, founder and Director of N’da Dance Company Mbulelo Ndabeni.

South Asian: dancer and choreographer Geetha Sridhar and leading Kathak dancer Pagrav Dance Company - Urja Desai Thakore.

Street Dance: Artistic Director of Crxss Platfxrm Ivan Blackstock and Julia Cheng, creative director and founder of House Of Absolute.

The judges for the category finals are:

Ballet: Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet David Bintley and former Royal Ballet Principal Zenaida Yanowsky

Contemporary: Former Artistic Director of Scottish Dance Theatre Fleur Darkin, and Artistic Co-Director of Candoco Dance Company Ben Wright.

South Asian: dancer Seeta Patel andKathak performer and teacher Gauri Sharma Tripathi.

Street Dance: choreographer, performer and founder of The Artist Hub Rhimes Lecointe (Artist) and artistic director of National Youth Dance Company for 2019 Botis Seva.

GOOD ON PAPER , STROUD

January 05, 2019

Taking place on the first Saturday in January the annual Good On Paper Party acts as a fundraiser for the magazine (which continues to operate as a part-time fully independent project) bringing forth a hoard of local artists, musicians and poets to celebrate the vibrant, creative scene which Stroud is increasingly becoming renowned for.

As well as championing all things local we also invite performers from further afield to join the line-up resulting in an eclectic mix of live music, art, circus and spoken word…

This year’s all day party is the biggest one yet with over eight different bands and musicians, a DJ set, six stand up poets, a circus troupe, eleven exhibiting artists, a pop-up book shop, pop-up record shop, bars and street food spread across three historical venues in the centre of Stroud.

It all starts at 1pm with a series of free concerts in St Laurence Church with the ticketed evening event opening at 5pm at the Centre for Science and Art and Lansdown Hall + Gallery. Tickets cost just £15 and are available now on-line at picatic.com/GOPParty2019 and Sound Records Stroud at 24 Gloucester St (open Weds – Sat 11am-5:30pm)

Tickets are limited and the event sells out every year so we recommend booking early!

ABSOLUTE RAIN JAM

December 16, 2018

Winter is here, Rain Crew & House of Absolute bring you a celebration of street culture. Absolute Rain Jam 2018 will be bringing together an amazing lineup of dancers and musicians including, poppers, waackers, voguers, krumpers, hip-hoppers and Emcees for the ultimate party and battle. Featuring exhibitions and performances across two rooms with live music and dance battles.

FEATURING

2on2 BREAKING BATTLE
PRIZE: £400.00
HOST: Haseeb Chilly Hearn & Perry Howell (Rain Crew)
JUDGES: Karam (SMAC 19) | Law | Jessy (The Ruggeds
Music: DJ Kofi-M Rain crew | DJ T-Sia

HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE 2on2 OPENSTYLE BATTLE
PRIZE: £400.00
HOST: Julia Cheng (House of Absolute)
JUDGES: Domiinant Wipez | Juna Leocaria | Brooke
Music: DJ Snuff | DJ DBO 
Live Band: Wonky Logic | Vanessa Rani Chutturghoon


MEDIA
Skin Deephttp://www.skindeepmag.com/
The magazine that amplifies voices of colour through the discussion of race and culture. Checkout the latest edition 'Issue 8: Movements' 

PHOTOGRAPHY: @rosalindhobley | @williamhartley

Please post your name on the event wall if you'd like to compete or drop us a message via facebook or info@raincrewuk.com.


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LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

October 05, 2018

Jasmin Kent Rodgman presents CONTOUR

Sat 6 Oct 2018 7.00pm - 9.00pm

LSO St Luke's, London

KAIJA SAARIAHO Selections from Maa 
SOHRAB UDUMAN Breath Across Autumnal Ground 
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN feat. HEMABHARATHY PALANI idol lost (world premiere) 
QUINTA feat. ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY Themistocles is Captured 
OLIVER COATES feat. THE HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE Innocent Love 
JASMIN KENT RODGMAN feat. ALEXANDRINA HEMSLEY CONTOUR (world premiere)

Jane Chapman harpsichord 
Quinta musical saw 
George Jackson conductor 
LSO Chamber Ensemble

Hemabharathy Palani dancer / choreographer 
Patricia Okenwa choreographer 
Julia Cheng choreographer 

Faye Reader House of Absolute
Alexandrina Hemsley writer / dancer / choreographer

Step into new worlds and tear down your idols. Music meets dance, film and electronics in an evening exploring movement: the body, sound and geography.

Built around the imagery of doors and the crossing of waters, we step into a soundworld of journeys and yearning through Kaija Saariaho’s ballet Maa, and Sohrab Uduman’s Breath Across Autumnal Ground, featuring celebrated harpsichordist Jane Chapman.

We’re then transported to Bangalore, India, where Jasmin Kent Rodgman’s music and Hemabharathy Palani’s dance meet. idol lost is a new experimental dance film with live score, performed by LSO Ensemble.

Keeping us moving, Quinta and Oliver Coates fuse elements of electronica, house and ambient footwork, accompanied by powerful performances by dance artist Alexandrina Hemsley and contemporary/hip-hop company, House of Absolute.

Completing the journey, Alexandrina Hemsley and Jasmin Kent Rodgman present the concert’s finale CONTOUR, an expression of the female form and self-censorship.

LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL 2018

September 14, 2018

A unique collaboration with the world’s leading museum of art and design and London’s foremost contemporary design festival. London Design Festival at the V&A fills the museum with an extraordinary range of design installations large and small, intricate and majestic.

House of Absolute will be presenting their work Stardust at 11am/1pm/3pm on Saturday 15th September and Saturday 22nd September as part of the festival.

Produced by Scanners Inc.

Commissioned by V&A with funding by Arts Council England. 

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Sponsored by Kowtow.

V&A LATES

August 30, 2018

Orlando Warrior will be a part of Friday Lates : Threads at the V&A   . Tapestries, Room 94    19.30, 21.00
Please note this performance has a limited capacity
An exploration of the myth of Mu Lan and the novel Orlando by Virginia Woolf, this contemporary dance piece examines displacement, hybrid identities and time travel. Presented by House of Absolute, originally choreographed by Julia Cheng and re-imagined with artist Saskia Horton. Accompanied by live music by Simon McCorry. 


Black and Asian histories are a vital part of Britain’s fabric. How are these voices recorded and remembered today? Join us this Friday Late as we reframe the archive and put untold histories on the map. See dancers explore hybrid identities and hear poets recount stories of inheritance. From improvised music to independent publishing, celebrate those claiming space and building new communities on the foundations of heritage. A collaboration between Historic England and the V&A.

IMAGINE WATFORD FESTIVAL 2018

June 29, 2018

House of Absolute will be performing Dedication to Dizzy, excerpts of Stardust and live experiments from Human Jukebox this year at Imagine Watford festival! Watch out for performance from masters of music and movement!

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018

June 28, 2018

We are very excited to presenting our work in the line up for the new stage Bands & Voices at Love Supreme Jazz Festival this year.

 

Showcasing a dynamic range of poets and next generation hip-hop artists as well as cabaret, dance battles and workshops!

 

 

FRIDAY 29TH JUNE Line Up

 

15:30 - Dance Battle: Swing Patrol Vs Grounded Movement B-Boys

 

17:00 - K.O.G (Acoustic)

 

18:45 - Jazz Plus Presents Beats on Book

 

20:30 - House of Absolute: Dedication to Dizzy


IMAGINE LUTON FESTIVAL 2018

June 22, 2018

House of a Absolute are hosting the After-Party and live dance /music set for Imagine Luton Festival in June 2018 with a live DJ and performances of poetry, dance and music. We are excited to be back for the second time in the town! Free entry festival non-ticketed event. 

V&A 2018

May 27, 2018

House of Absolute are performing their newest work commissioned by V&A Museum. Stardust is a new commission produced by Scanners Inc and funded by Arts Council England, with costume sponsored by Kowtow. 

Catch the performance 28th May-1st June , 15th & 22nd September at the V&A museum. 

BREAKIN' CONVENTION 2018

May 04, 2018

House of Absolute's new work ' Dedication to Dizzy' will be presented this year at Breakin' Convention Sadler's Wells. Be sure not to miss out! 

HIVE 2018

April 27, 2018

HIVE 2018

 

Curator Kerry Campbell (TMT Projects) & dancer/producer Julia Cheng (House of Absolute) are collaborating to launch ‘HIVE’. The project of two parts will take place in April 2018 and builds on a previous and similarly multidisciplinary collaboration entitled ‘Collision’ which launched in both Luton and London in 2017. This year, kindly supported by Luton Arts Fund ‘HIVE’ invites artists and creative practitioners from all disciplines to critically respond to Luton as a diverse post-industrial context, considering self-preservation and collective organisation as necessary survival strategies.

 

After a period of creative development and facilitated collaboration amongst the successful applicants, the project will debut in Luton at the newly launched Little Red Creative Studios, before being transferred to Theatre Delicatessen- Old Library in London for its second iteration.

HIVE is a mutli-disciplinary project featuring exciting work from artists:

 

FION CAMPBELL-DAVIES, AGATA ENGELMAN, CLIVE GRESSWELL,

EMILY SIMPSON, ALVA WILSON, JAN BRZEZINSKI & SASKIA HORTON (SAJUNG).

IDENTITY AT EAST LONDON DANCE

April 10, 2018

House of Absolute's Ffion Campbell-Davies and Julia Cheng will be featured in East London Dance evening:

IDENTITY.

A celebration of east London’s eclectic dance and fashion culture

Thursday 12 - Saturday 14 April, 2018

Photo: Victor Frankowski

A celebration of east London’s eclectic dance and fashion culture

Curated and produced by East London Dance and directed by maverick choreographer and fashion line creator Tony Adigun (Avant Garde Dance Company & TRAMPHAÜS LDN), Identity brings fashion and dance crashing together to shine a light on the unparalleled creativity bursting from east London’s diverse community.

Prepare to be thrown into an immersive world of alternative and underground style brought to life in the majestic Victorian Assembly Hall of Shoreditch Town Hall.

This unmissable gig-like dance experience will introduce you to the compelling new voices who are shaping our future and proving that fashion and dance at their most powerful are the ultimate expressions of who we are.

These bold east London artists will blend their own fashion and dance influences through dynamic performance that challenges identity stereotypes in compelling and thought-provoking ways.

TESTBEDS LUTON

December 31, 2017

We are extremely happy to announce that Julia Cheng has been selected for Testbeds Artist Accelerator programme at the University of Bedfordshire for a year project January to December 2017 extending her practice in dance theatre choreography as well developing arts platforms and initiatives in the South East region.  

GREENWICH DANCE WAACKING WORKSHOP

November 25, 2017

Julia will lead an intensive, high energy, Waacki, Pose, Punk workshop ahead of our Krump and Waacking Battle, which comes to Greenwich Dance on Saturday 25 November.

Sharing the history of Waacking, Julia will give techniques to develop freestyle skills as well as lead movement combinations to draw out individuality in performance.

PROJECT NEW SUN RICHMIX & ALBANY THEATRE

October 21, 2017

Project New Sun is a double bill exploring Chinese culture in modern day British society, bringing together the contemporary and the traditional, through music, dance and performance.

The evening opens Julia Cheng’s “Orlando Warrior”, a solo performance that explores the mythology of the gender-bending Orlando of the West fused with the legend of Mulan of the East. Questions of identity and belonging in present day British society are expressed through Wushu martial arts and Waacking (a dance originating from the 1970's gay club scene in LA) in an exploration of being a British Chinese Woman today.

Chris Chan will then present a new one-man show. “Gongs, Songs & Hong Kong Thongs” is packed with comic banter and wicked songs about the weird and wonderful quirks, attitudes and misconceptions found between British and Chinese cultures. With tongue firmly in cheek, hear Chris wax on (and wax off) lyrically about Asian stereotyping in a show that’s part culture guide, part biography and part parody.

In Project New Sun we express our hopes for a new generation of exciting artists blending cultures, heritages and stories to encourage greater cultural and social understanding and empower a cultural dialogue which is diverse and accepting.

Project New Sun is an evening of British Chinese artists engaging with the ideas of love identity and belonging in the modern world. The evening will start with a solo dance piece by Julia Cheng mixing modern dance and martial arts, accompanied by Simon McCorry’s live cello soundscapes. After a short break this will be followed by Chris Chan’s performance which is a blend of spoken word and songs with.  This double bill will have a thought provoking and celebratory feel to it.

SOUTHBANK CHINA CHANGING

October 06, 2017

Southbank will be celebrating British East Asian Dance Artists at China Changing Festival this October 2017.

Get double the dance with contemporary performances from Julia Cheng and Si Rawlinson.

Julia Cheng: Orlando Warrior
Choreographed and performed by Julia Cheng, this solo contemporary dance piece accompanied by live music explores the myth of a modern Mu-Lan. Externalising her inner battles through wu-shu martial arts and waacking, this piece examines displacement and hybrid identity, masking a yang (male) fighter behind a yin (female) form, travelling through time via physical paintings of a Warrior Poet in motion.


Orlando Warrior is presented by Chinese Arts Space as part of Project New Sun:Sinosythesis (Part 1)

The creation of this work has been supported by Southbank Centre.

IMAGINE LUTON FESTIVAL 2017

June 23, 2017

House of a Absolute have been selected for a commission to develop their work 'Human Jukebox' for Imagine Luton Festival in June 2017. This outdoor festival is the first of the kind taking place in the town and this show is going to develop spontaneous play between of live musicians, dancers and audience! Watch this space!

ESCAPE DANCE HOLIDAY

May 09, 2017

Julia Cheng will be teaching exclusively in Fuerte Ventura in the Canary Islands, Spain this May for Impact Dance's annual Escape Holiday.

This is a 7 day dance holiday unique in it's own very special way. Take a look at the website if you are interested in a hot break with great training facilities, a programmes of amazing teachers and dance classes including House of Absolute's 'Waack, Pose, Punk' and 'Power of Yin' classes.

Holiday dance fun in the sun- oh go on then!

FLOORGASM

April 22, 2017

House of Absolute present their first jam!

A fresh new jam night spinning the sound of Funk, Soul, Disco and Hip Hop ... basically pure party get down vibes. This is a space to create good energy, connection , share and express freely whatever your style is.  Join the movement in movement and music, raising positive vibrations. Nothing but Absolute love and music for the mind, body and soul.

Date: Sunday 23rd April     Time: 7-11pm     Price: 5 Squid

Location: Centre 151, 151 Whiston Road, E2 8BN
Closest station: Haggerston / Hoxton 
Buses from Old Street / Liverpool Street

Spinning on the night: DJ Serena  - Dj Snuff  -Dj Billy Biznizz
Music: *Funk-Soul-Disco-Hip Hop- Party Vibe Tunage*

 

RESIDENCY AND WORKSHOP AT SOUTHBANK

April 10, 2017

House of Absolute will be in residence at the London Southbank Centre during Urban Festival, Monday 10th - Thursday 13th April 2017. This event will be a free day of performance development, workshops and art when you can actively participate in then. 

Julia Cheng will be teaching an open to all ' Waack, Pose, Punk' class on the Thursday 13th!

CARAVAN FEATURING FFIFFI

April 06, 2017

CARAVAN | SOCIAL NIGHT is a social fundraiser set up to help launch and support the development of our latest hiphop theatre immersive, CARAVAN onto theatre.

In exchange we invite the public to enjoy a vibrant evening of live music and dance.

I AM...DANCER JULIA CHENG

April 06, 2017

Southbank Centre have invited Creative Director Julia Cheng to share her story of her artistic career to date and how House of Absolute came to be. Alongside this sharing, there will be a Q&A and she will be delivering a skills workshop with young creative artists as part of Urban Festival taking in place in April this year. 

NEW COMPANY CLASSES

March 28, 2017

After much requests demands, we are delighted to announce our new weekly classes with support by Centre 151. Each week House of Absolute company dancers will deliver intensive classes with live music by House of Absolute musicians. 

Classes take place every Monday 7.30-9pm at Centre 151

Location: 151 Whiston Road. E2 8BN Haggerston / Hoxton

Price: £7

RESOLUTION 2017

February 24, 2017

We were delighted to hear that Breakin' Convention nominated our newest work to be a of the annual dance festival Resolution 2017 which takes places at The Place, Euston. House of Absolute will be performing a development of their work 'Warrior Queens'. Take a peek at some snippets of the work in our video listings. Tickets : http://www.theplace.org.uk/whats-on/dotconsla-and-saritas-dance-lab-salah-el-brogy-company-julia-cheng-house-absolute

HONG KONG WAACKING CLASS

October 28, 2016

WAACKING COLLABO CLASS:

Combining UK and HK flavour together for this one-off special workshop with London based Julia Cheng and Hong Kong's Carmen Virago are joining forces to stir up some love for Waacking! 

They will be offering an intensive, high energy Waacking Workshop covering knowledge and background of the style, techniques on developing your freestyle as well as teaching some combinations of movements underpinned by the essence /accents of each individual and what they bring to the language of movement. 

 

DANCER'S DELIGHT 10TH ANNIVERSARY

October 20, 2016

House of Absolute will be performing for Dancer's Delight 10th Anniversary event. 

PROJECT NEW EARTH 2016

October 10, 2016

House of Absolute's Creative Director Julia Cheng will be choreographing and dancing for a film project commisioned by Chinese Arts Space. She will be collaborating with Invisible Darkness Films and Metona Photography producing a film that commemorates the Chines Labour Corps during the First World War. The film will be premiered at China Exchange and South Bank Centre in London as well being a part of a national tour in UK.

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MOTUS FESTIVAL UK 2016

July 08, 2016

House of Absolute are delighted to be working in collabration with DJ Snuff and Marv Radio as well as breakdancer Clint from Rain Crew London.

 

They will be presenting 'Mars and Earth on Venue' during the Summer Festival in July 2016!

WAACKING x RUNWAY WORKSHOP

June 16, 2016

HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE join forces with HOUSE OF VINEYARD for a special collaborative workshop in Waacking and Runway at the wonderful Russell Maliphant studio!

We're back for June 2016 to understand what it is to 'Waack, Pose, Punk and Garbot' your way to freestyling by learning some foundations of this funky soul style of dance and how to walk the runway category*. 

Juju is spellbounding performance artist from Amsterdam and she'll be bringing you that dutch courage and wealth of knowledge drawing from her past 10 years in the professional industry of dance and theatre as well as her experiences through the ever growing success of Holland's House of Vineyard.
*Please bring heels (not compulsory) 
 

SPARKS MIGHT FLY COMMISSION

June 19, 2016

Julia Cheng has been commissioned by the University of Hertfordshire and Heritage Hub to the Sparks Might Fly commission whereby she will be collaborating with researcher Dr Janice Norwood during the next few months on a research and development project in response to actresses of British 19th century theatre working alongside House of Absolute's Faye and Lula.  

BREAKIN' CONVENTION 2016

April 29, 2016

House of Absolute's new work Warrior Queens will be presented at this years Breakin' Convention at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells Theatre.

 

Be sure not to miss out on London's biggest Hip Hop Festival!

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