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Hofesh Shechter – Barbicans

Sadler’s Well’s theatre, home to dance in London and for one week late September it is also home to Hofesh Shechter Company as they showcase a trilogy exposing different takes on intimacy, passion and the banality of love.

The opening piece ‘The Barbicans in Love’ reveals the six dancers in their most vulnerable and innocent form. Dressed all in white, they move simultaneously to an eclectic score of classic music and an electronic voice over interview between Hofesh himself and an intimidating interviewer. The conversation questions Hofesh’s take on love and its simplicity. The dancers are a unit of accuracy; they glide through the space as one moving in Shechter’s signature hunched shoulder posture and grounded movements.

However innocence is soon forgotten as the second piece begins, ‘tHE bAD’. Splattered with violent outpours of frustration from the dancers to dubstep music, this piece creates a very chaotic environment. The five dancers dressed in gold cat suits seem awkward and obstructive by the notions of love.  The sporadic structure connotes that of a confused mind. Which coincidently ties in nicely with the title ‘tHE bAD’ (read the capitals!).

The third and final piece is called ‘Two Completely Different Angles of the Same F***ing Thing’. A duet between Bruno Guillore and Winifred Burnet-Smith, this piece seems very personal and intimate. The two dancers share passionate embraces and mimic each other’s movements showing empathy for one another.

The work comes to an end as Hofesh’s voice is heard once again and all the dancers come on stage to join the duet. They form a chorus of unity, a reminder of the frustration, innocence, and passion bought by love.

For more information visit www.hofesh.co.uk

Thursday 1st October 2015 – Author – I.P. Dincwear Dancewear Team.

“Move it” 2014

Dincwear Visits ”Move it” 2014

In the Dance World, March is all about “Move It”:  The annual Dance extravaganza at Olympia in London.  This is a celebration of dance where dancers, from youngsters to the very top professionals, take their turn to perform on the Main Stage.  There are classes, seminars, interviews, competitions and Colleges advertising their courses – and of course, dance wear shops!

Over the past couple of years Dincwear has been very active at “Move it.  We brought Adam Garcia to perform “Move Like Jagger with 20 of the top professional dancers, and Kimberley Wyatt performed “We Found Love with our team.  We have also brought many of the stars of “Revolution”, our hit West End Dance Show (dancers like Tobias Mead, Lizzie Gough and Charlie Bruce) to sign autographs and meet their fans.  We even had the wonderful Arlene Philips with us one year to sign her book.

However our “Move It” performances take a huge amount of time (and money!) to prepare and organise.  Due to an amazing development for Dincwear (which will be the subject of next month’s blog), we had to give “Move It” a rest this year.  But happily our team were invited by “Consider This”, the Show’s sponsor, to enjoy the three day festival with them (and we very much appreciated it – thank you!).  So what did we think of “Move It” 2014?

In short, it was fantastic!  Between us we watched every performance on the Main Stage from the youngsters, setting out on their dance journey, to the very top professionals like Lukas McFarlane and Danielle Peazer – and every single one was a joy to watch!

It was particularly inspiring to see how many of the top choreographers (Paul Roberts, David Wood, Dax O’Callaghan etc) had created works for the College students.  We also have to mention the sheer passion shown by Jonny Wilkes for his students at the new Wilkes Academy.  Jonny is a world-class performer (often with Robbie Williams) and his protégés will benefit massively from his industry experience and contacts.

I particularly enjoyed watching Christabelle Field, and her ‘Poison Girls’ dancing with the ‘Mini-Poisons’.  Our friends at the LCPA gave a couple of incredibly raunchy routines, fully justifying the label ‘soft porn on tip toe’.  Luckily we are told that Miss Gemma had approved the routines!  And ticket sales for the LCPA Production of ‘Grease’ in April have rocketed!

Jak and Tobias Mead were sensational as “Duplicate” – do people realise that Jak is only 12?  He is doing everything that Tobias can do plus a signature “arm-break” move that even Tobias cannot do!  Every time we have seen these guys at “Move It”, or “Revolution”, they have brought the House down!  In the “Gospel According To Dincwear”, these guys would be major superstars!!

The BOP, under the guidance of Dollie Henry, gave a mesmerising performance to the Jazz Music of Paul Jenkins.  There were several very professional numbers by the Urdang Academy, who definitely caught our eye and the Cambridge Performing Arts, fronted by Chloe Polson-Davies, put on a superb performance.  Finally we really noticed all the interest in the various tap performances – even the presenter Matt Flint, who did a first class job throughout the 3 days, was a ‘top tapper’.  It was all completed with a visit from the gorgeous Darcey Bussell.

‘Move It’ 2014 demonstrated beautifully our major predictions in these blogs:  That the popularity of Dance is growing enormously, the standard of the top pros is getting forever higher, and soon top dancers will be treated like top footballers or rock stars.  You could see this beginning when “Diversity” had to be ushered into the Olympia Building surrounded by bodyguards and screaming fans…

For some time now Dincwear has operated a “covert” policy of trying to kit out the top professional dancers in our clothing.  We have recently extended this policy to include “up and coming stars”, and a couple of these were spotted at “Move It” and offered free Dincwear (such recommendations are made by the top pro dancers we have worked with).  We believe that once the very best dancers know how good Dincwear is they will actively recommend it to their colleagues and students, etc.  As our regular reader (!) will know, this “trickle down effect” is our only form of advertising – we know that our Dincwear clothes are their own best advert.

 

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Dincwear’s October 2013 Newsletter

October was an incredibly busy month for us, with so much going on. It was a joy to see our new “state of the art” warehouse running so smoothly. (Have to mention that to make the manager happy!). The clothes come in, are sorted, and go out – perfect. The only problem was the mystery of the damaged forklift truck? Apparently the boss had been coming in after hours and had a small accident with the gate!

Some of us were lucky enough to go over to Holland to see the new look Papillon shops. They looked fantastic, and of course because Papillon sell all the major dance brands, it was interesting to see what everyone else is doing. We did smile, however, at the number of Papillon girls who were wearing the Dincwear Brand. After all, they can choose from all the brands available.

Papillon sponsor many dance shows and exhibitions and they kindly took us to see “Flashdance” in Amsterdam. The highlight of the show was seeing the gorgeous star, Anouk Maas, dancing to the signature tune “What a Feeling” wearing the Dincwear body suit with mesh. We felt we had really arrived in Holland!

Papillon also took us to see one of its photoshoots in which our clothes were to be featured. As Papillon sponsor the Dutch Royal Ballet they had managed to borrow Pascalle Paerel, one of its dancers, to model for the day. Let us just say that this Prima Ballerina was a real Trooper! Pascalle even sat on the top of a parked car in the middle of a busy road in November wearing very little.

Dincwear, Dancewear

We couldn’t picture Darcey Bussell doing this

The menswear was modelled by an amazing looking guy called Jason Rome and, yes, we had to censor some of your comments on Facebook!  But with respect to Pascalle and Jason, the star of the show was 10 year old Terra.  She modelled the clothes on cars, on high ledges, on the top of Jason (I think she enjoyed that bit) and was just stunning throughout.  We cannot wait to see the results of the ‘shoot’.  Our relationship with Papillon, the biggest distributor of dancewear clothing in Europe, continues to go from strength to strength, and we will shortly be announcing some very exciting news.

Back home our girls in the Dincwear Covent Garden Shop, Agnes and Fran, have enjoyed meeting all of you who came to visit us.  They have dressed up one of our mannequins in the body suit, with arm warmers, leg warmers and the snood

Dincwear, mannequin, bodysuit, snood

Have you have never seen such a sexy mannequin!It certainly gets a lot of attention and the rumour is that a security guard from the Centre has actually fallen in love with it?!  If you are in Covent Garden, go have a look and tell us what you think?  We are right next to the big Superdry Shop.

Our designers have been working on some very interesting ideas which will be arriving in the store and on the website soon.  In addition, we are busy planning dance shows, exhibitions and various photo shoots which, we hope, you will really enjoy.  For although we are, of course, a business, our aim is  to put as much back into the dance world as we can.  See you next month.