Coming Up Soon, At The Hawth
Monday 2 November 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley
Joss Arnott Dance and Dame Evelyn Glennie join forces for 5|0 – a birthday celebration marking the company’s 5th and Dame Evelyn’s 50th. Joss Arnott Dance presents a triple bill of new, powerful and heart-pounding choreography, performed by the company’s trademark all-female cast and accompanied by live performance by GRAMMY award-winner and 2015 Polar Music Prize laureate Dame Evelyn Glennie. Created by Artistic Director Joss Arnott, 5|0, a new triple bill, demonstrates why the company has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in British contemporary dance.
5|0 is a birthday celebration marking Joss Arnott Dance’s 5th,and Dame Evelyn’s 50th birthdays. In a unique collaboration, James Keane, Joss Arnott Dance’s Composer and Glennie have together created a thundering percussive score – which she will perform live onstage – for the climax of the triple bill – Wide Awakening, created by Joss Arnott for five female dancers. Talking about how the 5|0 celebration came about, Joss Arnott said “I was keen to do something special to mark my company’s fifth anniversary. I had choreographed a piece to one of Evelyn Glennie’s tracks for my A-Levels and had always wanted to work with her. So I emailed her office, and they emailed straight back and said come for a visit! So, together with my regular composer James Keane we met Evelyn and I think she was was immediately impressed by our artistic ambition and vision. For me, the link between dance and music is intrinsic, and it’s the driving force behind my movement style – and I choose dancers who can embody that ideal. I can always tell what makes a musical dancer. You almost see the music; it’s not two separate things. You hear it, you feel it, you see it.”
Dame Evelyn added “I liked the fact that Joss specialises in the female form. His collaboration with James was also interesting to me, so I knew that musically we would be in good hands. Working with dancers is challenging, it pushes my boundaries. The way you feed off the dancers and their energy, and the way they feed off the music, you realise you are part of a collage. And I love how dancers use space, how they musically use space, so that you can almost hear the sound of the movement.”
Tickets priced £15.50 (discounts:£13.50/Schools: £10) are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk
Tuesday 3 November 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley
Paul Potts is the UK’s original and best-loved Britain’s Got Talent winner. He is set to inspire audiences once again with his mellifluous classical prowess in a major UK tour this winter. This will kick off in October and culminate on 3 November at The Hawth in Crawley. Paul’s accolades are numerous – he has already performed more live shows than any other contestant from a talent search programme – while in recognition of Paul’s meteoric rise to fame, his life story has been turned into a film entitled ‘One Chance’ and stars award-winning comedian James Corden.
Having found global success with his albums, live shows and tours, Paul continues to impress audiences worldwide with his powerful yet emotive operatic performances. Seven years after his celebrated Season One BGT victory, his feet are yet to touch the ground. Paul says “I’m delighted to be touring the UK again. I enjoyed last year’s tour so much that I decided to go back out and visit some of the towns and cities that we didn’t get to last time. I can’t wait out to go back out on the road.”
Complementing Paul is special guest Catriona Murray, a classical soprano from Nottingham. Discovered earlier this year by Britain’s Got Talent winner Jamie Lambert, Catriona has begun work on compiling a solo album and has a string of concerts lined up for the summer season. Together, Catriona’s classical soprano and Paul’s rich, impressive talent will charm audiences UK-wide.
Tickets priced £32.50 (discounts:£30) are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk
Tuesday 3 November 7.45pm, The Hawth Studio Crawley
With help from Spymonkey’s Aitor Basauri, one of the greatest clowns working in the world today, the two Spaniards of Little Soldier are joined on stage by Told By An Idiot associate artist Stephen Harper to re-enact one of the most influential works of world literature. Their mammoth task would be easier if any of the following were true: they’d read the book, had enough actors or heeded the warnings of Terry Gilliam. The production follows the style of Little Soldier’s Brighton Fringe run and national tours of You and Me, a bitter-sweet physical comedy about dementia, and growing old away from home.
Here, the company contrast the intimate with the epic, with Little Soldier’s combination of languages with live music and physical comedy, presenting an imaginative and provocative adventure of immense proportions, to be taken with a pinch of salt (and a handlebar moustache).
Tickets priced £31 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk
Wednesday 4 November 7.45pm, The Hawth Studio Crawley
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Justifiably met with significant critical acclaim, Gigspanner’s riveting new album ‘Layers of Ages’ sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty, and has been added to the Telegraph’s ‘Best Folk Albums of 2015’ list.
Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present a carefully curated and skilfully narrated program of material that goes way beyond the folk genres usual boundaries. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, it is music that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Percussion.
Tickets priced £14.50 are available from The Hawth Box Office on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk