An Evening with Hampshire Youth Dance Company, Friday 23rd July
This evening’s showcase of Hampshire Youth Dance Company celebrates the company and its members. With four outstanding company commissions including Amy Morvell and Oliver Award winner Botis Seva, Far From the Norm, the stage is set to come alive with these powerful young dancers. We are delighted to welcome back home some of our HYDC Alumni, sharing with us some of their recent work.
Tonight’s showcase also features this year’s HYDC Graduates, who will share with you some of their own outstanding choreography and audition solos. What they have all achieved throughout these challenging times is truly remarkable, we are immensely proud of them all.
Hampshire Youth Dance Company is now in its 25th year and has been generously supported by The Linbury Trust, along with Hampshire County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council. We are committed to offering the highest quality dance in the region and strive to support the next generation of talented young professionals.
To all of HYDC past and present, thank you for being our inspiration and most importantly for being you!
We hope you enjoy the show!
- Tory East, HYDC Artistic Director
Choreographed by Tory East in Collaboration with HYDC Dancers
Music: Vivaldi The Four Seasons Recomposed by Max Richter
Originally created for our garden stage takeover, this piece celebrates the return of live dance and being together again.
Choreographed by HYDC Alumni Jon Hardy and Fiona MacBride
Music: Time…Dot by alva not, Carsten Nicolai
We welcome home Jon and Fii who have just completed their 2nd year at London Contemporary Dance School. Commissioned for tonight's performance, their duet is a reflection of their memories of their time in both HYDC and Orb alongside influences from their current training and projects. The theme of ‘Holding Space’ holding onto to yourself or each other evolved through their creation process.
Choreographed and performed by Leah Holleran
Music: Bounce by Man in a Shed
Holding pattern is a personal reflection exploring a constant cycle of chasing time and the need to maintain a repetitive and fast paced lifestyle in the pursuit of achieving my goals. Do I always need to move this fast? or can I pause to breathe, absorb and live in the moment more.
Choreographed and performed by Mia St John
Music: Seven League Boots by Zoe Keating
Inspired by the idea of a forest scene; the growth and spiralling of branches contrasting with the depth and expanse of the grounded roots.
Choreographed and performed by Trinity Bracewell
Music: Escape Artist by Zoe Keating
Evolve draws upon the idea that one small incident can have a bigger impact on the future. “Something as small as a butterfly flapping its wings can cause an earthquake elsewhere”- unknown
Rise and Fall
Choreographed by and performed by Megan Green and Amy Perry
Music: The Water Rises by Kronos Quartet and Laurie Anderson
An abstract work exploring the concepts of unity, rise and fall.
Choreographed and performed by Kathryn White
Music: Opaque by Hildur Guonadottir
Inspired by the sea, calm and tranquil on the surface but dark and mysterious beneath.
Choreographed By Olivia Wallis- Jackson
Music: Colorado by Aukai
Exploring precision and detour, the solo Compass carves through space using diagonal and curved spatial patterns. The movement investigates along the same theme, working with precision alongside softness and sinew.
Echad Mi Yodea
Choreographed by Ohad Naharin Reconstructed by Tory East and Dancers
Music: Tractor’s Revenge 7 Days in Entebbe by Rodrigo Amarante
Echad Mi Yodea is one of the most well-known works created by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin for Batsheva Dance Company. Performed hundreds of times both in Israel and throughout the world, it has acquired the status of a tradition in its own right. Drawing on traditional music, its visual imagery open to diverse interpretation, evoking enthusiasm and controversy in equal measure – “Ehad Mi Yodea” is an icon of Israeli culture. HYDC have created their own version of the work that includes a reconstruction of some of the original repertoire.
Performed by HYDC Dancers Cohort 25.
Choreographed by Amy Morvall of Morvall Dance
Music: Drifting Circles by Anne Muller
Performed by HYDC Dancers Cohort 25
Alike to the whirlwind of chaos we are currently living in, Drifting Circles asks the dancers to find organisation, unison and a sense of calm. However, they may find that they can’t always keep their composure. Through the piece the dancers play between freedom and disorder within their movement but how will they find a powerful unity when they come together?
Tulips for Polly
Choreography by HYDC Alumni Katie Serridge
Performer, Co-Creator and Videographer Polly Constance
Music: Nick Zammuto
A KatieSerridgeDance Film
Tulips for Polly is a digitised gift to a dear friend.
Created in April 2020, Tulips for Polly returns to the self, to the small moments, to the beauty of being in a worldly-spoken need to stay still for a moment. Bringing to light the tangible connections between those distanced, emerging within the resilience of artistic output. Tulips for Polly came out of an existing research into the delight and potential of flowers as nature blossomed and humanity retreated indoors. It delicately considers body as petals, stunning and unapologetically present in being.
Choreography by Trinity Bracewell and Emmie Wallman
Music: My Girl by The Temptations
To simply make you smile!
Choreographed and performed by Finn Gurney
Music: Brim by Olafur Arnalds
Inspired by my studies in classics/ancient sculptures, this piece explores the motion found within the various artists works, in turn changing how we view still art.
Choreographed and performed by Ella James
Music: Bourreau Silencieux by Amiina
Inspired originally by the music, Reminiscence is about the simple joy of dancing and conjuring up childhood images of playing in fields and rejoicing in the freedom of movement
Choreographed and performed by Emmie Wallman
Music: Zoe Keating
Taking initial inspiration from the sound score, this piece explores the idea of hidden pathways and how we might not always end up at the destination we expected.
Choreographed by Tory East in collaboration with HYDC Graduates
Music: Serendipity March by Kangding Ray
Created in just one rehearsal. Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion that has a property of electric charge.
Performed by HYDC Graduates of 2021
Trinity Bracewell - Performers College
Megan Green - Performers College
Finn Gurney - Rambert School
Leah Holleran - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Ella James - University of Birmingham - Mathematics
Amy Perry - Chichester University
Emmie Wallman - London Studio Centre
Kathryn White - Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Mia St John - University of Sheffield - History and Politics
Jenny Wright - Peter Symounds - Theatrical Makeup
Choreography by Botis Seva, Far From the Norm
Music: Original Score composed by Torben Lars Sylest
Commissioned in February 2020, HYDC take on the challenge of Botis Seva’s unique blend of hip hop dance theatre.
Performed by HYDC Dancers Cohort 25
HYDC Cohort 25 September 2020 - July 2021
Tegan Avery, Trinity Bracewell, Rory Clarke, Anna Ferrier, Kate Flemming, Megan Green, Finn Gurney, Imogen Harnett, Leah Holleran, Ella James, Abi Jones, Meg Marsh, Phoebe Mufushwa, Megan Silverwood, Molly Snow, Amy Perry, Jon Rodd, Ben Scott, Mia St John, Emmie Wallman, Kathryn White and Jenny Wright
With special thanks to Vicki Hargreaves, Fiona Wallis, Amy Morvell, Rory Clarke, The Lindbury Trust, Rambert School, The Point’s Technical Team and all the staff at The Point.