The Southbank Centre today announces a stellar Autumn/Winter 2023/24 Performance and Dance season, featuring new commissions and premieres from adventurous and influential artists and up-and-coming names from around the world.
The programme signals a renewed commitment to Performance and Dance under Artistic Director Mark Ball, who joined the UK’s leading multi-arts centre in January 2022, and Aaron Wright, who was appointed Head of Performance and Dance in April 2023.
Fresh from opening at Manchester International Festival, Factory International’s The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions plays for four performances only in January 2024. A Southbank Centre co-commission, this music theatre piece rewrites the history of the world through a joyful and utopian queer lens.
(LA)HORDE, renowned for bringing together choreography and pop-culture through collaborations with Sam Smith, Christine and the Queens and Madonna, now lead the acclaimed Ballet national de Marseille. For their first major presentation in London, they present the UK premiere of Roommates, an evening which features six pieces made for the company from choreographers including Lucinda Childs, Peeping Tom and LA(HORDE) themselves — all connecting hyper-realism and minimalism, and bringing together a multitude of contemporary choreographic styles. Mark Ball, Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, says: “The Southbank Centre has for decades been one of London’s great venues for performance and dance. I’m delighted we’re making a renewed commitment to again being at the centre of live performance in the capital by commissioning and presenting some of the world’s most influential and exciting artists and performance makers. This is a boldly international programme that speaks to the future of how performance is being made, melding together dance, music and live art to offer unique experiences for audiences.”
Aaron Wright, Head of Performance & Dance at the Southbank Centre, says: “We’re excited to reveal this distinctive season of performance and dance that you won’t find anywhere else in London. This ambitious programme sets our intentions for a future of stimulating international performance here at the Southbank Centre. From beloved world class artists, to hot new talents making waves around the world: we encourage audiences to savour this rare opportunity to see such singular performances.”
The Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX from. 25 – 28 Jan 2024. Times: Thurs 25 – Sat 27 Jan, 7.30pm; Sun 28 Jan, 3pm Approximate run time: 1 hour 30 mins.
Admission: Tickets from £20 – £50 For ages 16+