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1898: Contemporary Dance Festival

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

Hubert Essakow, Kirill Burlov, Tamarin Stott, Mbulelo Ndabeni.

This work-in-progress showing sees three choreographers join our Artistic Associate Hubert Essakow in creating four new dance pieces that celebrate 1898: the year the Coronet was built.

Exploring a historical London and its people from over the last 100 years, our four choreographers will draw inspiration from the rich and varied history of this iconic building. Ranging from the first opera to be presented at The Coronet Theatre, the performers who famously graced the Coronet stage such as Sarah Bernhardt, to the wider historical themes of the period including the Belle Epoque, and a world on the verge of political upheaval.

Anda Winters, Artistic Director says “I am very excited to resume the Print Room’s dance programme with “1898”. While Hubert (Essakow, our Artistic Associate) and I were sitting amidst the rubble last summer, discovering new facets of this glorious building each day, we felt the need to celebrate its origins as the building begins again.

We decided to give four choreographers the opportunity to explore the year of the Coronet’s opening through four short dance pieces.  They reviewed the programmes and photos of that time for some inspiration. The set may evoke thoughts of the friendly ghosts alleged to share our space.

Much like the Coronet itself, these are “works in progress” with limited development and rehearsal time and we intend to carry on building and developing these pieces as we renovate the theatre.