RIOT

Southpaw Dance Company

Newcastle

2020

Featuring up to 100 performers, RIOT is a new large scale production from award-winning Southpaw Dance Company. RIOT explores the act of revolution; the spark that ignites rebellion; the breaking point by which a society can no longer remain passive.

About RIOT

Tear gas rises, cars are torched, Molotovs thrown; life at its most savage, fragile, and precious is distilled in this stunning Southpaw production that is inspiring and brutal in equal measure.

RIOT will combine spectacle, dance, and theatre, with immersive digital technologies, to form an astounding audience experience that captures the truly visceral nature of rebellion.

About Southpaw Dance Company

Since 2013, multi-award-winning Southpaw Dance Company has created powerful, joyous performances, from small scale solo work to large scale outdoor spectaculars, combining absolute artistic integrity with engaging narratives which inspire and excite audiences. Infinitely versatile and virtuosic, Southpaw’s work is inspiring, engaging and full of joie de dance.

Southpaw Dance Company has a rich history of creating engaging productions for outdoor audiences. Faust (2013), commissioned by Without Walls, has toured the UK and Europe for five years to audiences of upwards of 50,000. Carousel (2015), also a Without Walls commission, has entertained audiences across the UK and Europe. Icarus, commissioned by Stomping Ground, had a successful preview tour in 2018 and subsequently toured across the UK and Europe.

Southpaw specialises in creating bespoke, large scale, mass movement performances. Southpaw recently created RISE, the opening event for Brent: London Borough of Culture 2020, with 230 local performers in front of the iconic Wembley Stadium. Erimus celebrated the opening of Middlesbrough Town Hall and won the National Campaign for the Arts Award for Community Cohesion and also the Arts Council Award at The Journal Culture Awards. Rush, a large scale Cultural Spring commission, has been restaged for Hull Freedom Festival and Hull City of Culture as well as Left Coast Blackpool and Future of Things Past formed the opening ceremony for the Castlemaine State Festival in Australia.

Southpaw works with partners to provide choreography for productions across a wide number of contexts, both outdoor and in traditional theatre contexts, across the UK, Europe, South America, and Australia.

In partnership with such organisations as the National Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Live Theatre Newcastle, Greenwich Docklands Festival and others, Southpaw has provided choreography for such prestigious productions as Pericles, the National Theatre’s first Public Acts performance incorporating over 200 community cast members from all over London, and for Marianne Elliott’s acclaimed production of Angels in America at the National Theatre.

In a freelance capacity, Robby has choreographed the large scale adaptation of Johnathan Harvey’s I for Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, and most recently, Robby directed and choreographed Leave To Remain at the Lyric Hammersmith.

For more information on Southpaw Dance Company visit their website here.

Funding, commissioning and partner credits:

R&D investment through Without Walls Blueprint.