imagiNATION by ClassAction
A 100 strong capacity audience in Studio 816 was enchanted by ClassAction’s “imagineNATION” workshare at the end of this term, featuring reimagining’s of some classic performance texts. Andrew Pullen, Head of Drama and Dance said “it was wonderful to see our students exploring classic texts, mature and developed pieces of performance that they tackled with a drive and a passion, then taking that into their performance practice.” The audience were treated to an eclectic mixture of dance, performance and song.
The evening began with a wonderful musical opening with the company performing a vibrant and dynamic version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, followed by a dynamic and pulsating version of Rosas Danst Rosas featuring eleven dancers and eleven chairs in rapport with one another, in a dance full of intense physical energy. Here the abstraction of movement builds and gradually allowed the audience to recognise the series of small, concrete emotional narratives being played out.
Next came the refreshingly frank verbatim piece Skirt Wednesday created by ClassAction’s Actor’s Lab exploring contemporary feminism from the words from and recorded by this all female company.
The evening continued with dance pieces inspired by the work of Jasmin Vardimon and Wayne MacGregor and seasonal songs to mark the start of the festive season.
The lyrical quality of the contemporary play Chalk Farm exploring the London riots of 2011, employing the performance techniques of Le Coq, Frantic Assembly and Tadashi Suzuki.