2022 – Uppercut Danseteater// BENCHED (Dance)
YOU CAN SEE THIS SHOW DURING CPH STAGE INTERNATIONAL DAYS :
- Friday 10th June 2.00pm
- Friday 10th June 6.00pm
THE PERFORMANCE: BENCHED
Take a seat! SIT DOWN! You are on the bench! Time out! All in good time! Are you in the right place?
An energetic performance about finding a place in life and settling on Life’s bench. BENCHED premiered in July 2021 at Copenhagen Summer Dance, and played at Tivoli’s In Motion festival, August 2021. BENCHED received enormously positive feedback from audiences, critics and programmers.
“Stephanie Thomasen proves that she is not only an inventive and humorous choreographer possessing a lively narrative, but also an excellent stage director. Her images ooze space, balance and drama, making it a perfect dance performance.” JYLLANDS-POSTEN
“Wow, how the five dancers toss themselves around a long black bench, in a fusion of street and modern dance, as if it were a bouncy launch pad. Good inspiration for all of us bench warmers, the way they slithered and climbed, jumped and rolled while the bench rotated, rose like a tower or lay down flat. A playful and cool symbiosis between men and bench.” POLITIKEN
Duration: 45 min
THE COMPANY: UPPERCUT DANSETEATER
Uppercut Dance Theater invites you to a fresh fusion of different dance genres, which is illustrated through the individual dancers’ different backgrounds within e.g. capoeira, break dance, acrobatics and contemporary dance. With Uppercut, the Danish dance scene has taken on a whole new dimension of physical equilibrist expression.
This new language of movement has contributed enormously to the dance scene in Denmark, as it challenges the current perception of modern dance. Uppercut’s special style is also felt in the mood of each performance, where the constant weave between the dark and powerful aesthetics, and the more comical elements suddenly appear when you least expect them.
Initially, the company is looking to collaborate with theaters in Europe. BENCHED will be offered in 30 and 45 minute versions and can therefore be presented as part of a double bill or as a stand alone show. Benched was originally created for outdoor venues, making it a versatile show to program; it can be performed in a black box, arena or any outdoor stage.
The benches used in BENCHED are available in two different sizes, allowing the show to fit on a variety of stage dimensions. Several international presenters approached the company when BENCHED performed at Copenhagen Summer Dance. Tours in Sweden and Germany have since been booked. This indicates that BENCHED has a strong international potential and that it is a versatile dance piece that fits well into many different programs. BENCHED was created for adults, but after performing the show this season, we have found that young and adult audiences of all ages, from dance novices to seasoned amateurs, enjoy BENCHED.
FORMAT AND SUSTAINABILITY
One of the reasons the company seeks to work with European locations is that the accessories are heavy and bulky. Transporting the accessories by land and over relatively short distances is their contribution to the sustainability agenda.
AUDIENCE TARGET GROUP(S)
Maja Bonde Holtze, prod@uppercutdanseteater, +45 21200581
Choreographer: Stephanie Thomasen
Dancers: Uppercut Dance Theater’s ensemble
Bispebjerg Torv 1
2400 København NV