RESPITE – A National Touring Programme by Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre

RESPITE - A National Touring Programme by Bode Lawal

Tour Dates: January – April 2009

Never before will an audience be exposed to a piece of dance that encompasses emotion so relevant to the times in which we all live and breathe.

RESPITE by Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre – the UK’s first Post-Traditional dance company – is the result of LAWAL casting out a social net and capturing observations that combine to create a voyage of explosive movement and dance.

RESPITE is a dramatic reflection of society’s hopes and fears, as people struggle to survive in the 21st Century’s ever-changing world. The piece is full of contrasting, lyrical and seemingly chaotic gestures – challenging the ‘status quo’ and urging society to stop, step back and take a look at the bigger picture!

Tour at a Glance:

World Premiere: 22 JANUARY = Hextable Dance / HEXTABLE (Kent)

30 JANUARY = The Hawth Theatre / CRAWLEY
13 FEBRUARY = Cleves School / WEYBRIDGE (Surrey)
19 FEBRUARY = Theatre by the Lake / KESWICK
21 & 22 FEBRUARY = Cochrane Theatre / LONDON
26 FEBRUARY = Brunton Theatre / Musselburgh

6 & 7 MARCH = Pegasus Theatre / OXFORD
8 MARCH = The Rose Theatre / LONDON
15 MARCH = Royal Northern College of Music / MANCHESTER
27 MARCH = Halifax Playhouse / HALIFAX
4 APRIL = South Hill Park Arts Centre / BRACKNELL


BLDT (Bode Lawal Dance Technique):

RESPITE (35 minutes in duration) is also an amazing example of Bode Lawal’s Dance Technique (BLDT) – a self-titled brand of movement from Sakoba’s Artistic Director.

BLDT is a pioneering dance technique that was born out of a ‘dance pilgrimage’ made by Bode Lawal, as he travelled the world in its development. The concept introduces the dance community to a universal technique that can be tailored to suit any individual’s dancing ability.

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.

Lawal’s technique is currently in much demand with schools and colleges from around the UK inundating Sakoba with requests to teach their aspiring dancers; and even in one case, BLDT has been commissioned to be taught as part of a college’s own creative curriculum.


Performance Details:

Audiences will be treated to a dance TRIPLE-BILL as RESPITE will be accompanied by OKAN’ NIJO (meaning ONE), which toured to critical acclaim throughout 2007/08 (35 minutes in duration). The piece was the first opportunity Bode Lawal had to bring his BLDT alive and showcase its potential onstage.

And to round off the billing, Bode Lawal will perform a brand-new solo work, “Boreas” – The Greek god of Northern Winds (7 minutes in duration). This solo has been choreographed by Peter Coenen, the former Rambert Dancer who is now Dance Academy Director at Calderdale College of Performing Arts – Halifax.

RESPITE looks to excel under the directorial stewardship of Euton Daley MBE (Artistic Director of Pegasus Theatre in Oxford).


Music Score:

One of the high profile organisations to sign up to RESPITE is the prestigious MANCHESTER CAMERATA and, as part of the creative procedure – a group of classical musicians have worked alongside Sakoba’s composer TUNDE JEGEDE to create Respite’s elaborate score.

The funding support for the MANCHESTER CAMERATA aspect of the programme has been provided by Manchester City Council.


Commissioning Information:

RESPITE has been commissioned by nine theatres and arts organisations nationwide. These are 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), Royal Borough Of Kingston (Kingston upon Thames) and Manchester Camerata (Manchester)… a feat needing to be applauded in the current frenetic arts world.


The Next Move:

To learn more about Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre including BLDT and RESPITE please visit

The UK leg of RESPITE promises to generate a superb level of momentum for Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre as it perfectly prepares the company for a landmark tour of Nigeria – Lawal’s homeland.

2009 promises to be a momentous year in the history of Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre.

Catch RESPITE, OKAN’ NIJO and BOREAS at a theatre near you very soon! (A full list of tour dates / booking details can be found in the attached press release).

Bode Lawal’s Sakoba Dance Theatre would also like to thank the legendary Hollywood actress, JAMIE LEE CURTIS for her continued support as the Company’s honorary patron.


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