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Open professional class

Retina is about to start rehearsals for its new production Antipode. With over 600 applicants for their recent audition, 4 men were selected to perform in this new work that will tour from autumn 2009.

Throughout the rehearsal process daily class will be open to professional dancers. With classes in both Antwerp and Nottingham, professional level dancers can join us each week day for company class, providing an insight into Retina’s style and movement vocabulary.

Classes are from 10 to 11.30 from Monday to Friday with just a few exceptions. The first block are in Antwerp with classes in Nottingham after Easter. Please look at the schedule below or check the calendar for details. Classes cost €4 and £3.

Monday 9th March – 10 to 11.30
Tuesday 10th March – 10 to 11.30
Wednesday 11th March – no class
Thursday 12th March – no class
Friday 13th March – 10 to 11.30

Monday16th March – no class
Tuesday 17th March to Friday 20th March – 10 to 11.30
Monday 23rd to Friday 27th March – 10 to 11.30
Monday 30th to Friday 3rd April – 10 to 11.30

April 20th to May 1st – Nottingham
May 4th to 22nd – Antwerp
May 25th to May 29th – Nottingham

The first set of classes are at ccbe, Driekoningenstraat 126, 2600 Antwerpen-Berchem. ccbe is a 5 minute walk from Antwerp Berchem station.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Audition

Calling all professional dancers. Retina is looking for unique and talented male and female dancers/performers for their new company production Antipode, which you can read all about in current productions.

Rehearsals begin on March 9th 2009 and will take place in Antwerp Belgium and Nottingham England. Touring will take place from autumn 2009 to spring 2010.

Audition dates are:

  • Antwerp – January 5th with call back on 6th
  • London – January 10th with call back on 11th

To apply please email your CV and a maximum of 2 photos to:

natalie@retinadance.com

Retina in Belgium

Retina has just completed two weeks of work in Belgium that has incorporated a wide range of events. First of all Relative Danger was performed 3 times at ccbe in Antwerp. A great success, especially for Retina’s first lecture demonstrations in Belgium, the quiet exterior was put to one side as audience members threw their ideas at the dancers and created some unique and compelling mini performances.

Then it was time for the Retina Youth Dance Company to premiere their new work Co-equality. The company of 10 dancers came over on the Eurostar on the Friday evening and stayed in a youth hostel with other youth dance companies from Holland and Belgium for a project called Body Dynamics organised by Danspunt. They got to participate in several dance workshops as well as perform alongside the other groups on both the Saturday and Sunday. They truly rose to the occasion and performed like real professionals. We are hoping that the group can meet regularly now and find other performance opportunities, as they are a talented group that we don’t want to lose. So look out for their next performances in Nottingham in January 2009.

Just as the company were ready to drop we then started a new project last Monday morning. RAUW in Rataplan! Participants of all ages and experiences joined the company for one week to create a site specific performance event in the Rataplan theatre venue in Antwerp. Aching muscles and tired brains resulted in two fantastic performances on Friday night that really absorbed the atmosphere of the venue and challenged the participants. An excellent production for participants and audiences alike. RAUW is a format designed by Retina that can be located in any venue for any range of participants, so if you are interested then please get in touch for more details.

Now the company are back in the UK, touring until December, so check the events calendar for details or the tour schedule on the Relative Danger page to catch a performance.

Jane

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