Andrea is adapting Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake's award-winning picture book: "SAD BOOK" for the stage. The production will be making its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021. Read 201 Dance Company's full statement below:
We want to share some exciting news! Back in March, we were just about to announce our next full-length production, which would have premiered at Edinburgh Fringe 2020. Then lockdown happened. Last week, we found out we're one of the lucky and grateful recipients of Arts Council England's Emergency Grant, which will help us to keep working on this project. Thank you ACE!!
To celebrate such happy news during such difficult times, we think it's time we reveal what we've been creating this past year:
We are honoured to be adapting Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake's award-winning "SAD BOOK" for the stage. This is a very personal story about what it means to be sad, with some truly beautiful - and sometimes haunting - writing and imagery. We're so grateful to Michael for lending his beautiful story to us. "SAD BOOK" is already pencilled for an EdFringe 2021 run. We're working with some incredibly talented performers, animators, projection artists, composers, musicians and designers to bring to you one of our biggest productions to date, with a fusion of choreography, animation, design, and original composition that we are very proud of. We are so excited to bring Sad Book's pages to life, and we can't wait to share our hard work with you all.️ Meanwhile, stay safe!
Read what The Guardian thought about Sad Book by CLICKING HERE.
Andrea Walker's 201 Dance Company is casting their Lead Role for their upcoming production "Sad Book"! The role is open to Male Actors of 50+ years. Full info here: www.201dancecompany.com/auditions.
Andrea Walker choreographed a video to Kylie’s latest single “New York City” in honour of Brighton Pride and her headline slot at the festival. When Kylie heard about the project she loved the idea, and joined Andrea and the dancers for a cameo. Having Kylie on board really made this a special experience!
Andrea Walker is back in the studio with 201 to choreograph the company’s brand new full-length production. A lot more will be revealed soon!
HOME - Andrea Walker’s world-premiere for the Joffrey Ballet - has concluded a successful run at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. What a journey this has been! Check out some of the reviews here:
"A showcase for rising talents ... Fernando Duarte in HOME is hauntingly effective"
- Chicago Sun Times, out of 4
"HOME is unabashedly political ... Walker finds all the words he needs to persuade in mere — and magnificent — movement"
- Stage and Cinema, Highly Recommended
"The Joffrey dancers cut loose in Walker’s electrifying ballet, with exciting sequences of group moves against the isolating bewilderment of Fernando Duarte’s solo as the outsider"
- See Chicago Dance, Recommended
“HOME is an intense, piercingly political work of dance theatre that left the audience (and only a Britishism might do here) completely gobsmacked. HOME's portrait of physical and emotional alienation has clearly struck a chord with the Joffrey dancers"
- Chicago on the Aisle, Recommended