Join Dance Umbrella for exhilarating live outdoor works in Bell Square on Saturday 9 October.
Ahilan Ratnamohan, Extra Time
Going head-to-head on a concrete pitch, join six footballers as they battle it out…without a ball.
Exploring the choreographic potential of football movement, this brand new work by DU debut artist Ahilan Ratnamohan challenges our perceptions of the beautiful game away from the green grass, the stadium and the urgent need for a result.
Bringing together individuals from a diverse movement background, Ratnamohan’s work investigates the cultural and choreographic possibilities of football and athletics. After attempting a career as a professional footballer, Ratnamohan has been creating live performance pieces since 2007 that have been seen in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and previously in London at LIFT.
Witness the culmination of Dance Umbrella’s Assemble project in Bell Square as students from West Thames College working in collaboration with previously presented DU artists Becky Namgauds and tyroneisaacstuart perform their brand new dance work.
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Hounslow High Street
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Created and choreographed by Ahilan Ratnamohan
Lawrence Ike Nzuruba
With special thanks to to Olawale (Wale) Ojelabi at WO Sports.
Ahilan Ratnamohan is a performance-maker working with a-typical forms in the theatre context, in particular football and language-learning processes. He works almost exclusively with people without classical performance training. After completing a film degree at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2005, he attempted to make a career as a professional footballer in the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany. Since 2007 he has been creating live performance pieces. His development came through working with diverse Sydney-based companies and artists, in particular Urban Theatre Projects, Branch Nebula and Martin del Amo. In 2013 he premiered his first work as a director, Michael Essien I want to play as you… in Antwerp, which led to the formation of The Star Boy Collective – a performance troupe made of West African football migrants – and the creation of Star Boy Productions, Reverse Colonialism! and most recently Look On The Bright Side. Through productions such as SDS1, Drill and Klapping he has investigated the cultural and choreographic potential of football and athletics. Since 2013 he has been working in Europe, with a base in Antwerp mainly in residence at Monty Kultuurfaktorij. He continues to work both in choreography as well as social-political theatre. In 2017 he created a trilogy of works exploring the political power of language in residence at Homo Novus Festival in Riga and he continues to research the performativity of language learning through a research project at the Antwerp Conservatoire. In 2020 Ahil joined the Brussels collective Robin vzw.
Becky Namgauds is a choreographer and dance artist creating intense, powerful work Inspired by personal and political issues, her work is female-driven and internationally influenced. Namgauds has created dance for theatres, outdoor festivals and film. In the past she has collaborated with Hofesh Shechter Company and LIFT, Arbonauts and Scarabeus Aerial Theatre. Her show Like Honey was part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019, and her solo Exhibit F premiered at Dance Umbrella 2019, touring in early 2020. Her outdoor work Rodadoras, performed by three dancers in half a tonne of soil is performed nationally and internationally.
tyroneisaacstuart is an interdisciplinary, artist whose skills originate from Jazz and Hip-Hop Theater. He was educated by the Tomorrow’s Warriors Jazz organization & multi-award-winning Boy Blue Entertainment. From there he went on to achieve a BA in Jazz Saxophone. With over 12 years of professional working experience as a performer across dance and music, his dance practice has grown to become a mixture of Krump (a street dance), contemporary dance, visual art & Jazz music. He has worked with established artists within Hip hop (Joseph Toonga, Theo Godson, Botis Seva), contemporary dance (Irene Wernli, Hofesh Shechter Company & Nora Chipaumire) & Jazz (Soweto Kinch, Moses Boyd, Theon Cross, Cassie Kinoshi & Kokorocko). He is a Steve Reid Innovation Award 2019-2020 recipient, and a 2020 Artist in Residence at Clarence Mews Space, and a 2021 East London Ideas Fund awardee.