Arielle Smith’s Project .DOT Spring Tour 2020

Arielle Smith’s new choreographic work for her company Project .DOT, celebrates love and the different relationships that we experience throughout our lives. Through her work Lots.of.Varied Expectations, Smith challenges the ideal of heteronormative romantic love to suggest a utopian future where the notion of love can have many different iterations; global, communal and genderless. Project .DOT will tour this work in March and April 2020 premiering at DanceXchange Birmingham and then onto The Hammond Chester, DanceHouse Wales, Tobacco Factory Bristol, Tramways Glasgow, Theatre Royal Plymouth culminating in a Gala performance at The Linbury London.

Lots.of.Varied.Expectations is a fusion of the old and the new with playful movement and technical precision. Set to a nostalgic soundtrack of jazz greats such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington, Lots.of.Varied.Expectations harkens back to a simpler time whilst dealing with modern concepts of gender. For this project, Smith is working with other Matthew Bourne Young Associates, costume designer Elin Steele and lighting designer Ali Hunter.

In 2019, Arielle was named in The Guardian as one of the five women pushing dance forward. Matthew Bourne described her choreography as ‘very contemporary, very different’. Lots.of.Varied.Expectations is for all; lovers, family and friends. Fuelled by a jazz inspired soundscape, this journey of emotional discovery asks; what can we learn if we embrace those around us?

This project is supported by The Linbury Foundation and Arts Council England.

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Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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