Thursday 8 – Saturday 10 May 2008
The Big Mission Festival '08 is a unique three-day national and international dance extravaganza, packed full of cutting edge performances, masterclasses, debates and networking opportunities. The Big Mission '08 features athlete and star of Strictly Come Dancing Colin Jackson CBE, who will be opening the festival. There will also be the Georges Momboye Dance Company and Germaul Barnes rubbing up against established and emerging talent including ACE Dance and Music, Ballet Black and Ballet Soul. Thursday – Classical Dance Tavaziva Dance explores new territories in combining the rich and diverse traditional dance forms of Africa within a contemporary Western base. The company inspires and entertains audiences with high-energy dances, skilled technical dancers, original music scores and a totally unique perspective on African dance, following their incredible full-length debut at Swindon Dance last year. Ballet Black is a professional ballet company for international dancers of black and Asian descent. Their ultimate goal is to see a fundamental change in the number of black and Asian dancers in mainstream ballet companies, making Ballet Black wonderfully unnecessary. Germaul Barnes focuses on material from a diverse range of movements to stimulate and develop kinesthetic imagination. Former principle dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for nine years, Germaul Barnes received the Arts International Grant in 2003 which fostered his anthropology research in a small village called Kwahu Tafo in Ghana, West Africa. This performance also features young dancers from Swindon Youth Dancers, choreographed by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, Artistic Director for the Camden Dance Festival. Friday – Street Dance Jean AbreuBrazilian-born dancer/choreographer, Jean Abreu has established a unique and exciting movement vocabulary that embraces both western contemporary movement styles with Latin dance, music and cultural traditions. Drawing inspirations from his artistic home, London, as well as Brazil’s diverse cultural heritage, Jean Abreu presents unearthing performances highly charged and infused with strong storytelling and emotion. Having trained at Laban, Jean was a founder member of Protein Dance, with whom he toured 1999-2004, creating roles in Portrait with Group & Duck, Publife and The Banquet. He began n working as a choreographer in 2003 and has seen steadily growing support on the UK touring circuit, as well as internationally in the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Brazil. Since starting his work Jean own the Jerwood choregraphic award in 2003 was appointed Associate Artist at The Place in London 2004 and in 2007 was artist in residence at Dance East. ACE Dance and Music skilfully combine captivating and energetic contemporary dance with African and Caribbean movement style, layering rousing live music scores and multimedia techniques, creating an entertaining and enriching experience which is appealing to all. Pushing the boundaries of contemporary performance, ACE dance and music use new music technology and traditional musical genres to create accessible and exciting dance experiences. This performance opens with a curtain raiser by young people from Swindon schools, choreographed by ACE Dance and Music.
Saturday – International Dance Georges Momboye Dance Company dancing is inspired by a number of influences and not least his culture and experiences, from Alvin Ailey to Martha Graham, the people he has met, including artists from very diverse backgrounds, from African to contemporary companies, classical dance, or even hip hop, all of which play a part in his creations. For more information, visit: www.stateofemergencyltd.com Tickets for all performances are available from the Wyvern Theatre Ticket Office on 01793 524481