This promo was compiled from 2 work in progress performances Southpaw Dance Company presented at Dance City, Newcastle, and Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth. We are excited to move forward with the development of the show in 2017, but wanted to share what we had so far.
Vikki Todd @vikkiltodd Mar 18
The most explosive piece of dance I've ever seen @SouthpawCompany energetic, risky, quirky, humorous - hypnotic from the start @dancecity
Teresa Kirby @TeresaMKirby Mar 18
Speakeasy by @SouthpawCompany @dancecity @novakcollective Great story- telling & exceptional lighting responsive to breath-taking dancing.
Arianne Megan Davies @ArianneMegan Mar 18
@SouthpawCompany tonight was amazing, just couldn't take my eyes off the stage
Dowdengirl @EmmaPonsford Mar 18
You guys were fantastic! @SwingTyne @SouthpawCompany @dancecity
michelle gerencser @michgerencser Mar 19
Stunning performance of Speakeasy by @SouthpawCompany @dancecity last night! Responsive lighting was really cool! Well done guys!!
Flossie M-Taylor @EchoFlossie Mar 19
Workinprogress? Pfft. Blown away by the brilliant @SouthpawCompany's Speakeasy (plus talented @SwingTyne-ers) @dancecity. #moreofthisplease
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Swing Tyne @SwingTyne Mar 19
@SouthpawCompany woohoo! Can't wait to see it- massive well done on the show last night, such a brilliant thing to have been part of
Welcome to the Speakeasy. All is not as it seems and if you happen upon it, best walk the other way.
Speakeasy features a spectacular 1920’s themed set, worldclass projection visuals, a cinematic soundtrack comprising big band classics and contemporary hits, alongside the distinctive Southpaw movement vocabulary that has been called, “atmospheric, vigorous, and breathtaking” (Sarah Crompton, Daily Telegraph).
Speakeasy is a reinterpretation of the classic tale of Faust, where Faust enters a seemingly normal prohibition era bar, unaware that the bar is owned by the devil and populated by his demons, including the charismatic barman, Mephistopheles.
The award winning Novak team and acclaimed digital creator Frieder Weiss & Matthias Härtlig provide projection mapping effects that create the spectacle behind Speakeasy, using stereoscopic cameras and interactive programming language that allows performers to appear as a shadowy devil or a 10foot tall demon and to dance through raindrops of fire.
The music features big band classics such as Benny Goodman and Count Basie alongside contemporary legends like Tom Waits and Clint Mansell, forming an aural landscape to the piece that is at once vintage and contemporary, intimate and spectacular.
In presenting Speakeasy, Southpaw Dance company perform alongside a community cast featuring members of local swing dancing communities, as seen with the members of the fantastic Swing Tyne in this promo.
The professional cast includes some of the UK’s finest Bboys (breakdancers) who combine the vocabulary of breaking and contemporary seamlessly alongside Charleston, Lindy and other swing styles of the roaring 20’s.
Sam Amos, Benjamin Taylor Shepherd, Anton Phung, Dan Lowenstein, Marius Mates, Robby Graham
Newcastle: Swing Tyne
Bournemouth: Jitterbug Jive
Matthius Härtlig, Frieder Weiss
Darren 'Jelly" O' Kane