• Photo: Daniel Schmidt

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  • Photo: Eoin Carey

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Currency 2013

Currency –  A European Exchange of Performed Ideas

The Place and Crying Out Loud have teamed up to bring you a festival of fresh thinking from the edges of European performance Currency 2013.

This isn’t straightforward dance, circus or theatre but performance that blurs the borders of all three. These are ideas and forms that swap between people and places to land somewhere new.

On each of the four evenings you can find shows that defy convention, you can watch studio collaborations that are deliberately wrong-footing and you can discuss it all with your fellow audience members over supper in The Place café. Currency 2013  is an exchange with added interest!

Tickets for each evening include: light supper in The Place café, a film installation showing work from the participating artists, an Exchange Sharing and a double bill in The Place main Currency 2013,  The Place, London in November 2013.

Audience Comments

  • 'Crying Out Loud is about creating opportunities nationally and internationally. The new partnership with The Place, EU Commission and EUNIC, allows for the collision between dance, physical theatre and circus to be interrogated. Currency brings together artists working in different disciplines from across Europe, and gives them the opportunity to play and form new connections. Audiences get to be in on the start of something new, and the chance to meet international artists who are pushing boundaries'

    Rachel Clare, Artistic Director at Crying Out Loud

  • 'The Place has a long history of bringing the best emerging artists to London, extending artistic experiences and sharing dynamic new practice with our audiences. With Crying Out Loud, EU Commission and EUNIC we are proud to have developed the multifaceted Currency festival'

    Eddie Nixon, Director Place Theatre & Ellie Beedham, Programmer Place Theatre

  • 'Freedom of movement is a core tenet of the EU and the participants in Currency take it literally - and not just in coming here from all over the EU. We are proud to support this exchange, showing once again that the EU is a cultural entity as much as an economic one'

    Jacqueline Minor, Head of the European Commission Representation in the UK

  • 'We are very pleased that, together with our wonderful partners, we are able to enrich the London dance scene with an exciting showcase of European diversity. Currency festival, in the continuity of DancEUnion, shows that EUNIC London, the network of European cultural institutes, has become the indelible choice of any initiative that aims at expounding the virtues of European culture in the UK'

    Dorian Branea, EUNIC London President and Romanian Cultural Institute Director

  • Lisbeth Gruwez and Julia Christ

    Lisbeth Gruwez (Belgium)
    It’s going to get worse and worse, and worse my friend
    Taking fragments from a speech by the ultraconservative American televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, Lisbeth dances the trance of speechifying. Initially the parlance is friendly and pacifying, but from the compulsive desire to persuade transpires growing despair, eventually exposing its deepest nature: violence.

    Julia Christ (Germany)
    Se perdre fait partie du jeu
    Using an original combination of object manipulation and hand-balancing, Julia explores the idea of the body as a receptacle of memories. Inspired by pictures of herself by painter Sashiko Yoshimura, she asks, ‘to what extent are we the objects of our experiences?’

  • Roger Sala Reyner and Lander Patrick

    Aloun Marchal, Simon Tanguy & Roger Sala Reyner (France)
    Gerro, Minos and him
    Three men are thrown into an empty room and try to figure out a way to spend their time together. Their condition shifts from loneliness to togetherness, from burning to shining, from shading to renewal. Their movements meander between the grotesque and the subtle.

    Lander Patrick (Portugal)
    Cascas d’OvO (Eggshells)
    This is not a love story. Two blindfolded men face each other. Skin feels impact and the noise of the rhythmic slaps punctuates the precise movements, caresses and provocations. They are giving, receiving and reclaiming what was once theirs.

  • Ludvig Daae and Navaridas & Deutinger

    Ludvig Daae (Sweden)
    In MM, Ludvig performs a virtual duet with himself. We are invited to see how he is negotiating with and relating to himself on film in an artistic process where he is both the creator and the performer.

    Navaridas & Deutinger (Austria)
    Your Majesties
    This piece looks at President Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture, held at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo. The President´s speech is revived, a piece of World History is updated and the techniques of political rhetoric are laid bare in a surprisingly clear and simple way. A lecture performance about war, peace, and hope.

  • Marisa Cabal & Stav Yeini and Krepsko

    Marisa Cabal and Stav Yeini (Belgium)
    As it Fell
    In As It Fell, the filmed images function as an extension of the performer’s body and vice versa. Movement is not only located in the body, it travels through the stage jumping from media to media. As It Fell provokes an active reflection on our position as observers of movement, performance, film and media; of our perception of reality through many filters of information.

    Krepsko (Czech Republic and Finland)
    Alma and Amanda
    Krepsko combines black humour and poetic playfulness, expressed through absurdist theatre and fragile clownery. Alma and Amanda is the second independent part of Twilogy, a trilogy of stories about two people, about couples and doubles, of being not quite one.