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House of Absolute and Philharmonia Orchestra are excited to announce that we are hosting a range of panels, workshops and live performance events across 18, 19 and 20 June 2021. 

DAY 1  Absolute Truth Talks we'll share experiences and expertise. 

DAY 2  Absolute Live: Future Visions Performance Evening with House of Absolute and Philharmonia 

DAY 3 Absolute Workshops we'll share the space to think and create together with everyone on the call.

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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

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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



November 01, 2020

BCA is working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire and Dance East to create a centre for dance practice that focuses on the intersections of choreographic innovation, widening participation, diversity and social justice.  The programme commenced in November 2019 with dance artist Julia Cheng commissioned to work with student at the University, and runs until mid 2021.

Three linked strands of activity will engage young people and support emerging and established dance artists through a series of commissions, CPD (continuing professional development) and mentoring.

Julia Cheng will be creating a new work called Qualms with MA dance students of University of Bedfordshire which will be performed as part of a triple bill at University of Bedfordshire theatre as well as in Malta and other spaces across 2020. 


September 30, 2020

We are doing Movement Meditation classes Monday's and Thursdays at 2pm GMT via Zoom. House of Absolute are doing these classes to help strengthen our energy during transition of coming out of Lockdown.

The class is an hour class applies movement exercises, meditation, gi gong exercises, body openings to create more space to flow in our mind and body. 

This class is open to all , if you have no funds please drop us a message and we will make it work so you can still attend. 

https://www.paypal.me/absoluteclass link for payment - people will receive link for class


February 12, 2020

House of Absolute will be collaborating with composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman once again in creation of an immersive theatre and music experience combining live musicians, MC and dance at Shoreditch Town Hall as part of Chinese Arts Now Festival 2020! 

The new work TRIPTYCH will be performed by Ffion Campbell-Davies and Faye Reader. 


February 04, 2020

Invisible Harmony


Bear witness to East Asian political resistance through poetry, spoken word and dance that refuses to yield. 

Choreographer Julia Cheng (creative director of dance collective the House of Absolute) and playwright Daniel York Loh (Forgotten, The Good Immigrant) take on the politics of oppression and protest in the region.

This collage of multi-disciplinary expression is a howl of pain from one of the most censored, silenced and sanitised ethnic groups on the planet.

As the diaspora ruptures and the world wakes to the raging fire in Asia, this piece asks how much freedom matters and what East Asians will risk and sacrifice for it.

Produced by Papergang Theatre, this collaboration between Julia Cheng, Daniel York Loh, performance artist enxi, director Kim Pearce, sound designer Nicola Chang and lighting designer Simisola Majekodunmi is a powerful blend of poetry, spoken word and dance.

The piece is followed by a panel discussion on images of East Asian political resistance.

Presented as part of CAN Festival 2020.


January 31, 2020

Julia Cheng and Lula Mebrahtu will be performing a new solo as part of the first V&A Lates of 2020!

Watch this space!


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...


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.


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.


May 12, 2019


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)


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, 



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.


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!


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.


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

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

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.

House Of Absolute | www.houseofabsolute.com | @houseofabsolute
Rain crew | www.raincrewuk.com | @raincrew


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 

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.


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. 


Sponsored by Kowtow.


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.


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!


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!





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


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. 

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