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La Lutte/Antipode performance at Harlow Playhouse cancelled

We regret to announce that the upcoming performance of La Lutte/Antipode on 12 November at Harlow Playhouse is cancelled, as are the planned workshops during the week.

New Production – La Lutte

LA LUTTE is a new duet created by choreographer Filip Van Huffel and is the return to his favourite choreographic format and the one that initiated the inception of his Retina Dance Company.

LA LUTTE deals with the struggle to communicate to oneself, one another and the outside world in an aggressive and playful environment and is performed by Matthew Slater and Steven Martin.

LA LUTTE (French for The Wrestle) is set in a theatrical environment, with floodlights reminiscent of a boxing arena or sport stadium; an intense space for 2 men, wrestling with themselves, one another and the world around them. A physical and emotionally charged work that uses Filip’s signature complex movement style layered with psychological intensity.

The movement is generated from two sources – firstly, from a collaboration in a day centre for children with disabilities. Filip, Matt and Steven observed and inhabited the movement content as the children wrestle to communicate, move and express their emotions. And secondly, a return for Filip to the ancient martial art of Jiu-Jitsu, in which he gained his black belt at the age of 15. This fighting technique looks at neutralizing an enemy by using an attacker’s energy against him, rather than directly opposing it. As a choreographic tool Jiu-Jitsu presents unusual material that is dramatic in its physicality.

LA LUTTE is a highly physical, extreme work, where the seemingly uncontrollable limbs are constructed into a tight framework. The setting is bold and bright with powerful, playful, and competitive movement content.

LA LUTTE will tour alongside a 40-minute version of Antipode from autumn 2010 with the UK premiere taking place at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe from the 15th – 30th August at Zoo Roxy’s The Sanctuary (a beautiful 200-seat venue).

Jobs open for application

Retina Dance Company, have established themselves as innovative and dynamic voices in both the British and European contemporary dance scene. Founded in 1995, Retina has created eighteen company works to date and has toured throughout the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and Venezuela. With an office base in Nottingham and Antwerp, Retina is currently creating a new production La Lutte for a premiere in Edinburgh Festival this summer. Retina is planning an ambitious future and is looking for two new staff members to help take the company to the next level with a dynamic approach.

Retina has two jobs available.

Part-time Company Manager on a temporary basis from August 2010 to April 2011. Depending on funding and suitability, post may continue full-time from April 2011.
The role will focus on tour booking, networking, education programme, company liaison, project management and UK profile. Candidates must have experience in company management and tour booking, have excellent communication skills, be able to work independently, be computer literate, and have a good knowledge of the UK touring network and contemporary dance circuit. Additional tasks including some fundraising and finance will be added to the full-time post.
Approximately £22,000 pro rata, dependent on experience. Salary will increase for full-time post.

Part-time marketing assistant
The role will focus on all marketing activities of the company, including website, facebook, twitter, flickr and YouTube updates, marketing packs, databases, statistics, press relations and venue liaison. Candidates should be able to work independently and have excellent computer literacy with a thorough understanding of facebook, twitter, YouTube and website updating, excellent communication skills, preferably apple mac experience, and a good understanding of the contemporary dance world.
Self employed contract at £8 per hour for approximately 12 hours per week.

Interviews for both jobs will be on Monday 21st June in Nottingham
Deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th June

Download an information pack and application form here:

Or email admin@retinadance.com
or call 0115 947 6202 (225)

Antipode reviewed

Over at the Ballet.co.uk site Graham Watts has posted a review of the Antipode performance at The Place in London.


From the review:


an effective and impactful work with lots of interesting ideas to maintain its non-narrative flow


Head over to the ballet.co.uk site for the full review, which is well worth a read.

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