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Love and sex explored in new dance work

By su_carroll  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

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State of Emergency are on tour with Love&Sex

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A State of Emergency has been declared at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, tonight with Love&Sex, a hard-hitting new dance theatre show which examines the emotions, pressures and comedy of sexual relationships through dance and music.

Love&Sex is a collaboration between State of Emergency, choreographers Colin Poole and Alesandra Seutin, and Grammy-nominated composer Steve Marshall and is aimed at young people, though accessible to all.

Exposing myths and challenging preconceptions, Love&Sex has been created in partnership with Brook (The UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25), Z Arts, Manchester, The Station, Bristol and the University of Durham. It will look at sexuality, peer pressure, emotions and the influences of social media.

Independent choreographer and dancer Colin Poole performed with Phoenix and Rambert Dance before embarking on a choreographic career that includes residencies at The Place, Royal Opera House and Greenwich Dance Agency. He has been twice nominated for the Jerwood Award and recently created works for the Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Laban’s post-graduate company Transitions and graduates of The Place.

Alesandra Seutin is renowned for her distinctively theatrical choreographic and movement vocabulary combining physical theatre, innovative scenography, text and dance. Her repertoire of work is focused on the exploration of subjects which influence our society. Her company, Vocab Dance made its name by nurturing young talent and presenting strong dance works in a variety of settings.

Singer and instrumentalist Steve Marshall co-founded State of Emergency with Deborah Baddoo in 1986. He brings to the production a wide range of musical influences including reggae, soul/RnB, rock, jazz, funk, Afro-beat, country, hip-hop, blues, dance and electronica. As a producer, his work with the likes of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Keith Richards and George Clinton earned him Grammy nominations in 2008 and 2011.

Youth Ambassadors - young people specially trained in dance and the issues raised – will engage the audiences in after show talks.

State of Emergency’s Love&Sex is at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter tonight – Wednesday February 19 - and Tacchi Morris, Taunton, on March 20.

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