Richard Chappell Dance has announced its 2022 season of participatory shows and programs to be presented across the UK next year.
Following its successful premiere in fall 2021, Richard Chappell Dance’s latest and most ambitious work to date, Infinite Ways Home, returns with a UK tour to the Oxford Playhouse as part of the Dancin ‘Oxford Festival (March 14), The Brewhouse, Taunton (March 25), Dance City, Newcastle (May 27) and Salisbury Playhouse as part of the Salisbury International Festival (May 31).
A multi-sensory production, Infinite Ways Home explores ritual, rave and human relationships performed by five dancers and a violinist live and on an original score by the electronic duo Larch. Combining Chappell’s diverse choreographic language, ballet, contemporary dance and improvisation, this powerful work seeks to redefine our sense of community and home.
Proudly born and raised in the Devonian, Richard Chappell Dance also presents UPLIFT, a specially curated evening of transformative dance from some of South West and Wales’ most brilliant young choreographers and performers, at Swindon Dance (May 20) and Exeter Northcott (June 3).
These mixed projects will feature flagship works by Richard Chappell Dance, including clips from Infinite Ways Home and a new version of Silence Between Waves performed alongside new commissions from Daisy Howell, artistic director of Manchester’s Night People and Edd Arnold, Russell Maliphant Company dancer and former BalletBoyz Dancer. UPLIFT will also see performances from youth companies based in the South West.
First premiered in 2019, Silence Between Waves returns this season with a large-scale outdoor performance at Taliesin Arts Center, Swansea (July) as part of Dance Days 2022. Specially designed to be performed on coastal areas in Outdoors through international and local distribution, Silence Between Waves is a poignant exploration of our connection to home, distance and otherness, set on a soundscape of stories from locals about their relationship to the region.
Along with its touring program, Richard Chappell Dance will offer meaningful participatory programs and workshops in all areas to help increase engagement and access to high quality dance, regardless of location or financial means.
Following an open call, Richard Chappell Dance is delighted to be one of 8 new dance films commissioned by BBC Arts and One Dance UK for Dance Passion to be released in February 2022. In collaboration with sculptor Anna Gillespie and filmmaker Daniel Martin, Heart Land is a cinematic piece about our relationship with outdoor spaces that explores people’s inevitable imprint on the world. Acknowledging the grief felt by those witnessing the climate crisis, Heart Land brings together an intergenerational cast of dancers and activists who look with passion to our future.
Inspired by acts of support from the music industry, Richard Chappell Dance has launched its new Act of Support program for early career choreographers based in Wales or Wales. Following an open call, successful applicants will receive practical and financial support and mentorship to develop and create new works that will be performed alongside the company’s repertoire this season.
Commenting on the Company’s 2022 season, Artistic Director Richard Chappell said: “I am so excited and proud of the work that we will be presenting this season to audiences across the UK. After the premiere last year, it brings me great joy to now share Infinite Ways. Home to people from all over the country, from Newcastle to Taunton. Our mixed UPLIFT program offers us an exciting new way of working, allowing us to reintroduce past productions into the company’s repertoire and share them with new commissions from some of the most prominent. at the forefront of young artists who create today.
“To help support the sector, I am proud to launch our Seconding Acts program, which will provide four early-career choreographers with commission, mentorship, residencies and performance programming. We will create a symbiotic relationship between these artists and our company, defending their practices to help them realize their potential.