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Digitopia

“Tom Dale has for some time been working steadily to harness dance to the latest advances in audiovisual technology. The British choreographer’s newest touring production is a consistently engaging, handsomely designed attempt to explore the capabilities of digital media for young audiences.” ★★★★

Donald Hutera, The Times

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“This was just SO good! Such sophisticated dance and light effects need not be exclusively for children and there were plenty of adults too enjoying this extraordinary show.” ★★★★★

Andrew Connal, The Latest

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“Digitopia is a mark of the 21st Century, a beacon as to what theatre could look like in decades to come. Tom Dale‘s choreography is a thing of genius. Aesthetically astounding. Digitopia leaves me with snapshots that I’ll remember for years to come.” ★★★★

Lucy Basaba, Theatre Full Stop

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“A beautiful production. Innovative, well crafted, unique and had a gorgeous soundtrack to boot.”

Left Lion

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“I haven’t watched many dance performances before and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

To me it was like dancing in space with epic light effects and made 3D patterns.  

My favourite part of the show was the special effects. My favourite one was a black wall using lasers to create a blue man and the music went so well with the effect.

I would say that any aged child would be very happy to watch the show.”

Joe, a young audience member

I Infinite

“As walls made of light slice through the space, the audience can’t resist putting their hands into these nonexistent boundaries as though there might be something to grab hold of.

This relationship between the performer and the projected environment is immaculate and by allowing the audience to wander, each individual is free to choose their own viewpoint and take what they want from this enchanting piece.” ★★★★

What’s On Stage

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“A supremely powerful dance piece with a single performer, a dark space, a lot of hazy water vapour and some incredible projection mapping. It’s ominous, it’s beautiful and it’s a sublime union of the power of corporeal movement and technology.”

It’s Nice That

“The freshest work presented on the festival’s first day.”

New Scientist coverage of Frequency Festival, Lincoln

“Much more than just contemporary dance, you’ll be encased within a digital cube, and asked to roam around as the solo performer reacts to his changing digital landscape.

There’s a real harmony between the performer’s choreography and the graphics, a highlight being when he rocks, spins and tips a projected grid on the floor, as if he’s balancing on a piece of debris in space. While the instructions for the audience are to roam around the room to get the most out of the performance, it was quite easy to stand transfixed.”

Design Week

“This piece is enchanting.” ★★★★

Broadway Baby

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“Dance music, art and design clash in a mesmerisng performance piece choreographed by Tom Dale. A beautiful and sublime experience.”

Fused Magazine

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Refugees of the
Lost Heart

“Somehow that old Joni Mitchell line, ‘we are stardust, we are golden, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden’ comes to mind as the final section of Tom Dale’s Refugees of the Lost Heart blazes across the stage. Digital projections explode in bursts of white light, dancers erupt in high-energy dashes where their bodies are washed by the dynamic imagery, making them part of a universe beyond our current earth-consuming way of life.

That driven rat-race had dappled the slickly brisk dancers with feverish, flickering frames of stock-market number-crunching and before that, the opening scenes had filled the space with a glorious, primal outpouring of tribal awakenings overlaid with the emerging starscapes of a cosmos that is, like Dale’s dancers, never static.

It’s an epic concept, inspired by (and using) music by Shackleton. And though the projections lapping over the geometric shapes of the set are quite fabulous, what really shines are the dancers in a choreography of palpably fierce physicality.” ★★★★

Mary Brenan, The Herald

“Breathtaking, enveloping visuals and live projection. Six impressive dancers flit and fall between the light, sound and all-encompassing graphics as the world evolves and ruptures around them. Never getting lost in the overwhelming visuals, the performers create between them subtle moments of stillness, slick, fluid movement and fantastic flashes of character in a multifaceted piece. A wonderful watch, and highly recommended.” ★★★★★

Three Weeks, Edinburgh

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“A brilliant piece of dance theatre. Tom Dale is clearly a choreographer who knows how to convey an abstract narrative through movement and dance and the use of digital media complements the dancers, creating an immersive experience that is visually stunning.” ★★★★

Broadway Baby

“Full-on, fast-paced, exciting contemporary dance, perfectly contained within a visually stunning set, and driven along by Shackleton’s ever-changing score. At turns frenetic, contemplative and joyful.” ★★★★

The Scotsman

“Hats off to Tom Dale…. I would have thought that any choreographer working on such an epic scale – it’s the encounter of man with the universe, damn it! – would be doomed to appear woefully inadequate, recklessly vainglorious; probably both. But Refugees of the Lost Heart catches its audience and keeps us, and I think it’s telling that it reminded me less of dance than of film and music. Refugees of the Lost Heart is not a dance performance, it’s a choreographic concept album. ”

Sanjoy Roy, London Dance

Rise

“Choreographer Tom Dale’s intensely beguiling work sucks the breath right out of you and glues you to your seat with its flawless technical display and continuously inventive choreography…

Taking inspiration from leftfield electronica and IDM, the soundtrack is a crackling onslaught of glitched out break beats from the likes of Aphex Twin and Susumu Yokota.” ★★★★

Neil Brabant, Three Weeks

“A contemporary dance language with the odd hip-hop move and touch of balletic grace, creating a fluidity of movement that holds you in its grasp…” ★★★★

The Scotsman

“Tom Dale’s RISE is a treat, then, thanks to its focus on beautifully choreographed, well-executed dance… some of the most dynamic and occasionally menacing choreography you’re likely to see on the Fringe.” ★★★★

Chitra Ramaswamy, Scotland on Sunday

“If I have to think of one single phrase that sums up Tom Dale’s Rise, I would say that it is the mesmerising fluidity transporting wave upon wave of evocation and assuring cohesion of the various styles of movement.

Rise is at one and the same time exhilaratingly beautiful and simmering with danger.

Rise should delight audiences of all ages, but equally it should be given funding to tour to places where contemporary dance is never seen, because it has the potential to engage new audiences and draw in young people in challenging new ways.” ★★★★

Jackie Fletcher, British Theatre Guide (website)

“Described in Pulse programme as uncompromising, edgy and exhilarating, Rise was all those things and more.

Inspired by the claustrophobic, cabin fevered nature of society where human behaviour is shaped and moulded by institutions, this inventive, mesmerising piece of contemporary dance was a joy to behold.

Five young dancers, three male and two female, all had their roles to play both singly and collectively.

Their athleticism was extraordinary, as was the preciseness of the unique and unusual movements, all designed to convey the theme of feeling ‘boxed in’.

Katy Evans, East Anglian Daily Times

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ROAM

“There’s no obvious narrative in Tom Dale’s ROAM, yet you feel you are connecting with all kinds of modern urban stories as his five dancers prowl, crab and hunker through a gloom that speaks of underpasses, alleyways and unknown shadowlands.

There’s a surging adrenalin in the specially commissioned soundscore (from Shackleton and drum and bass outfit Sion) that colours Roam with a restless energy.

Sometimes the dancers boost that with a confident stride, sometimes they go almost feral with watchfulness, as they suss out the territory.

But always, they move with a meticulous attention to detail that not only grabs the eye, but takes your imagination roaming in thrilling directions.” ★★★★

Mary Brennan, The Herald

“The programme for ROAM tells the audience ‘ROAM is abstract, not meant to be read but experienced’. It is liberating to be released from worrying about the narrative structure of a dance piece and frees the audience to simply enjoy the movement.

And what movement it is! A cast of three female and two male dancers emerge to dramatic light effects, falling and tumbling across the stage in a riot of movement that ranges from animalistic crouches to energetic flailing to balletic grace to more awkward, limping movements. Every part of this symphony is executed with fluidity and precision.

The soundtrack is also abstract – an impressionistic, percussive composition of sounds which hint variously at machines, car horns, rain, a beating heart, traffic noise, ringing bells and more. The movements are beautifully matched to the music and the dancers move between solo, duet and group pieces seamlessly.

It may all prove a bit much for those who prefer a strong narrative or something more traditional, but for those willing to switch off their minds and just feel for an hour, ROAM should prove to be a powerful experience.” ★★★

Julie Dawson, Edinburgh Spotlight

ROAM

“Fast-flowing contemporary dance laced with breakdance and martial arts.

Tom Dale Company returns to the Fringe with a piece loosely based on the human impulse to ‘roam’. The rising choreographer presents an hour of contemporary dance that, like its title, never stops moving. There is no set or narrative. Rather ROAM is fuelled by a soundtrack that takes in pulsing sub-bass beats and the scream of rush-hour traffic.

The movement comes in satisfying waves, five watchable performers hurtling through some imaginary urban landscape, navigating the shifting dynamics of city life. At times the dominant and familiar smooth, near-jointless fluidity threatens to become tedious. But when Dale really responds to the music, the effect is electric.

In the second half he triumphs by engineering a marriage of contemporary with subtle breaking and robotics, lending dancers’ limbs the quality of recoiling steel.” ★★★★

Ellie Carr, The List

Cabin Fever

“Cabin Fever by Tom Dale is enigmatic, intriguing and a very well made piece for Stephen Moynihan.

Lost in a world of his own, the character’s cabin fever and mental twists produce an exhilarating and powerful performance. This expressive and physical work is a metaphor for a state of mind but it isn’t clear what is tormenting this troubled lone figure.

The choreography is excellent, no move is wasted and it works well on the long back and body of superb dancer Moynihan.”

Gavin Roebuck, The Stage

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