There will be nudity and sexual content on both nights. There will be wigs and washing machines. There will be conversation, mermaids, moustaches, improvisation, and there will be dance.
BELLYFLOP’s The BELLY of the Beast was the first in the series of Wild Card, a new initiative by Sadler’s Wells. On 17 & 18 January 2013, BELLYFLOP put our dances where our words are in a programme of work by BELLYFLOP contributors and guest artists. The BELLY of the Beast comprised eight works over two nights – a different triple-bill on stage each night followed by a late show in a different space. All the selected pieces were created collaboratively and featured the makers performing, a small nod to our questioning of choreographer/performer hierarchies and distinctions. BELLYFLOP’s Wild Card was collectively curated (i.e. over epic and endless debates) by BELLYFLOP’s core editorial team: Charlotte Ashwell, Alexandrina Hemsley, Jamila Johnson-Small, Gillie Kleiman, Alice MacKenzie, Louise Mochia, Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley. In our continued attempt to provoke debate we invited eight artists to review the shows using our ‘double review’ format to further question the artist/critic divide whilst championing the plurality of opinion.
WATCH THE BELLY OF THE BEAST WILD CARD VIDEO
THURSDAY NIGHT PROGRAMME
William William by immigrants and animals (Mira Kautto, Jamila Johnson-Small, Antoine Bertin)
Sorbet du Soir by Flora Wellesley Wesley
KITTY2012 by Csaba Molnar & Marco Torrice
(Late Night in the Khan Lecture Theatre) For example, much of the human body… by Amanda Prince-Lubawy, Else Tunemyr, Tuuli Hynynen
FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAMME
The Mermaid and The Hammer by Gillie Kleiman and Karen Lambæk
Improvisation by Seke Chimutengwende and Charlotte Ashwell
‘O‘ by Alexandrina Hemsley and Jamila Johnson-Small
(Late Night in the bar) Cake by Eleanor Sikorski
Eight dance artists reviewed BELLYFLOP’s The BELLY of the Beast