HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE PRESENTS WARRIOR QUEENS AT SADLER'S WELLS 6TH & 7TH MAY 2022
DOUBLE BILL WITH HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE & MATSENA PRODUCTIONS
Experience first-hand the next generation of leading UK choreographers in this double bill which touches on both a social movement and cultural heritage.
Shades of Blue is a work from Matsena Productions that beats to the tune of change, in which performance and protest clash and mould together.
The work combines thunderous choreography, powerful text and a slick score that will not only make you rethink your position in society but celebrate a stronger future which we all have a part in building.
Interrogating displacement, cultural hybridity and power, Warrior Queens delves into ancestry and lineage inspired by the legendary folk myth of ‘Hua Mulan’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’.
Choreographed by House of Absolute Creative Director Julia Cheng, this work explores yin yang energy, identity and the adversity of the modern-day warrior. Embedded in a live musical soundscape with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Warrior Queens originally debuted at Breakin’ Convention 2016. Supported by Sadler’s Wells, Philharmonia Orchestra, University of Bedfordshire, DanceEast and Arts Council England.
CABARET CHOREOGRAPHER AT THE KITKAT CLUB
Starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley at the Kit Kat Club, show is open now 2022
Kit Kat Girls pictured in 'Money' scene by Marc Brenner
9th April- 9th May 2021
Brecht & Weill Seven Deadly Sins | Mahagonny Songspiel
Directed by Isabelle Kettle
Choreography | Movement Direction by Julia Cheng
Design by Lizzie Clachan
Dramaturgy by Uzma Hameed
Lighting by James Farncombe
British Director and Jette Parker Young Artist Isabelle Kettle reimagines Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s darkly satirical operas in a timely comment on gender politics. This production has been created with streaming in mind, building the filming element of the piece into the viewing experience while drawing on choreographer and movement director Julia Cheng’s background in hip-hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre. The Seven Deadly Sins and Mahagonny Songspiel depict a crisis of femininity and a crisis of masculinity respectively.
Jonadette Carpio pictured in 'Gluttony' scene by Jay Kasitz
PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA EXTENDS MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTS COMPANY HOUSE OF ABSOLUTE AS ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE FOR ADDITIONAL YEAR 2022
Street Dance and Symphonies may seem like an unlikely combination, but when the Philharmonia Orchestra launched a call out for a brand new Artist in Residence initiative last year, the applications came in thick and fast from all quarters of the performance sector. Founded in 2014, House of Absolute approached the opportunity with a confident vision for what might be possible when Hip Hop and contemporary dance styles, eclectic musical processes and experimentation with classical music collide.
Amongst the eight-strong company are vocalists, poets, choreographers and composers who have created performances and events for theatres, exhibitions, festivals, and the fashion industry, built on a foundation of equality, empowerment and inclusivity.
This is the first residency of its kind - a complementary combination of cultures that will generate an energy and excitement across worlds that had previously been mutually exclusive.
Plans for the year are developing as House of Absolute push forward their vision of what they want to achieve from this collaboration:
‘We envision a powerfully rich collaboration between House of Absolute and Philharmonia with both entities’ incredible resources: the Orchestra’s irrefutable expertise in symphonic performance, digital innovation, and outreach, and our company’s technical dexterity and proficiency in traversing artistic disciplines including dance, music, theatre, writing, spoken word and digital art.’
Saskia Horton, Creative Producer
‘We will advocate for the cultural origins and heritage of Street Dance styles, bring together the intersectionality of our artistic communities, and represent voices from sub-cultures as part of creative projects across the residency. A key outcome of this process will bring grassroots, multidisciplinary and Hip Hop enthusiasts together with classical concert regulars to experience something completely new.’
Julia Cheng, Creative Director Ffion Campbell-Davies, Associate Director