The sun was shining at Shaw House for the latest performance in our free outdoor arts programme, Made At 101, which took place on Sunday 18 September.
Made at 101 was a double bill of outdoor contemporary dance performances which were created by companies during the last year while in residence at 101 Outdoor Arts.
Audiences were fascinated by the first piece in the double-bill, as Vidya Thirunarayan told the stories of women from ancient myth and modern life through classical Indian dance, live ceramics and original music in Lives of Clay. Vidya combined her expertise in Bharata Natyam dance with her skill as a potter in this unique theatrical event.
Following a short interval, Alleyne Dance presented Bonded, which explored the construct of human dependency and looked at sibling relationships. Bonded featured fast paced dynamic movement and a blend of Afro-Caribbean, Hip Hop, Kathak and circus skills, performed in and around a spinning, Perspex construction. Alleyne Dance is a UK based company with an international reach and their choreographic aesthetic reflects their diverse background in athletics and dance training.
Danielle Corbishley, Head of Outdoor Arts and 101, said ‘We were delighted to welcome over 400 people to Shaw House last Sunday to watch this fantastic double bill of exceptional outdoor dance. Lives of Clay and Bonded are two very different but complimentary dance shows that looked stunning set against the grandeur of Shaw House. This double bill was a showcase of work that has been made in development at 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury's fantastic outdoor arts creation space, that welcomes artists from around the world 52 weeks of the year to rehearse and fabricate innovative outdoor performance.'
Lives of Clay has been supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Certain Blacks, Brighton Festival and 101 Outdoor Arts. Bonded is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Salisbury International Arts Festival, part of Wiltshire Creative.
The next event in our free outdoor arts programme, is the Festival of Light, on Sunday 11 December 2022. To find out more visit www.cornexchangenew.com or call 01635 522733. You can find out more about 101 Outdoor Arts at www.101outdoorarts.com.