Through live performances, educational residencies and other innovative projects Sakoba Dance Theatre strives to promote diversity, cultural awareness and artistic excellence. For over 21 years Sakoba has been the heartbeat of creative dance, as they respond to the challenge of breaking new ground with every fresh piece.
Respite will tour the UK in Spring 2009 and has twenty shows already pencilled into the diary. The stunning new piece will enjoy the directorial stewardship of Euton Daley MBE (Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre in Oxford, one of the commissioning venues of Respite).
Bode Lawal’s pioneering work has been afforded the unanimous support of the nine organisations backing his next creative journey these include:
HEXTABLE DANCE (Swanley, Kent); SOUTH HILL PARK ARTS CENTRE (Bracknell, Berkshire); PEGASUS THEATRE (Oxford); THEATRE BY THE LAKE (Keswick,
Cumbria); HEXTABLE SCHOOL (Swanley, Kent); DYNAMO PROJECT – CLEVES SCHOOL (Weybridge, Surrey); CALDERDALE COLLEGE (Halifax) and ROYAL BOROUGH OF KINGSTON (Kingston upon Thames)
… and the latest organisation to sign up is the prestigious MANCHESTER CAMERATA, as part of the package, a group of classical musicians will work alongside Sakoba’s composer TUNDE JEGEDE to create Respite’s elaborate score.
This is an amazing achievement for Sakoba Dance Theatre, especially in an age when arts funding is so scarce, compelling organisations to be ever more resourceful and self-sufficient.
The funding support for the MANCHESTER CAMERATA aspect of the programme has been provided by The Manchester Airport Group.
BODE LAWAL’S DANCE TECHNIQUE (BLDT):
The support provided illustrates how the status of Bode Lawal’s Dance Technique (BLDT) has developed and progressed over the past 12 months.
BLDT is a pioneering dance technique that has seen Bode Lawal travel the world in its development. The concept introduces to the dance world a universal technique that can be tailored to suit any individual’s dancing
Bode not only hopes BLDT will change the future of African dance theatre, but ultimately the way dance practitioners view their profession.
Lawal explored Brazil, India, China and Hong Kong to unearth his post-traditional style. The research programme boasts an extra dimension
as Bode worked with some of the world’s leading lights of dance including ROSANGELA SILVESTRE (Brazil), SURUPA SEN (Nrityaagram, India) and WILLY TSAO (CCDC, GMDC – China). These practitioners represent the scope of global professional acknowledgement being generated around the creation of BLDT.
Respite is the follow up to ONE (Okan’ Nijo), a critically acclaimed piece that toured throughout 2007/08.
Dance Europe (January 2008) – “Lawal’s choreography is habitually frenetic and fiendishly driven…”
The British Theatre Guide (October 2007) described OKAN’ NIJO as “…a unique piece… full of energy and invention…”
Sakoba Dance Theatre:
“We have always known the true potential of our new dance technique but now we have solid evidence of the effect it is having on the dance world,” said Bode Lawal.
Bode and his team have been touring schools and colleges up and down the country as everybody wants to be taught BLDT, it’s a technique that people can grasp and identify with almost immediately.
Bode adds: “I see BLDT as my legacy to dance, giving back something special to a genre that has been like a family to me for over 20 years. I want to see post-traditional dance taking the medium to the next positive level as we look to challenge choreographers and dancers to freshen up a scene that has become stale and lacklustre over the past few years.”
“I’m really looking forward to directing Bode Lawal’s latest offering. In particular, I relish the opportunity to capture and channel the strength and energy of the dancers, which has become Sakoba’s trademark over the years,” said Euton Daley MBE.
For the past 17 years Euton has been the Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre where he works with young people and the community as well as focusing on the professional and artistic development of young artists and
companies. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2007 New Year’s Honours list for Services to the Arts.
Euton’s experience of dance commissioning and his background in the performing arts will be put to good use generating the ultimate creative
Euton concluded by talking about his professional views on Sakoba Dance Theatre as a company. He said: “The work of Sakoba is strong, fresh and has its own stamp of originality. I have nothing but admiration for
Bode’s choreography, his use of live and recorded music and the theatricality of his shows, as well as the dance-ability and versatility of the performers.
“I’m also looking forward to Sakoba coming back to Pegasus Theatre; having the company around during their stay is an excellent source of inspiration for those we work with, especially young people.”
Jeannette Brooks – Artistic Programme Manager, Hextable Dance:
“Hextable Dance is thrilled to be working closely with Sakoba Dance Theatre at this important and exciting point in both organisations’ development.”
The Next Move:
Over the next few months Sakoba Dance Theatre will research, develop and rehearse the material for their latest dance feast, making Respite one of their best ever shows.
To learn more about Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre and their education programme please visit www.sakobadancetheatre.com
The UK leg of Respite will generate superb momentum for Sakoba Dance Theatre as it perfectly prepares the company for a 2009 landmark tour of Nigeria – Lawal’s homeland.
2009 promises to be a momentous year in the history of Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre… experience Respite or BLDT and join the journey!
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