By Sara Bright
The Southbank Centre, the UK’s largest arts and cultural organisation, has unveiled its 2024-2025 Performance and Dance programme, featuring a diverse and exciting array of international work, contemporary collaborations and brand-new work from award-winning companies and artists from the UK, Ireland, Nigeria, Poland, Australia, Canada and beyond. The programme, which runs from March 2024 to June 2025, showcases the Southbank Centre’s role as a creative engine for arts and culture, and introduces audiences to adventurous, influential and up-and-coming artists for unforgettable experiences.
The 2024-2025 Performance and Dance programme reflects the Southbank Centre’s commitment to presenting the best of contemporary art, from established masters to emerging talents, from cutting-edge works to historical treasures. The programme also reflects the diversity and dynamism of the contemporary performance and dance scene, featuring works from different regions, cultures, and perspectives.
Aaron Wright, Head of Performance & Dance at the Southbank Centre, said:
Over the coming year, some extraordinary companies and artists from across the world will grace the stages of the Southbank Centre as part of this major Performance & Dance programme. We’re continuing our love affair with dance, presenting highly physical and visually unique performances that will appeal to both new and committed dance audiences alike. Following our groundbreaking 2023 season, headlined by the Marina Abramovi? Institute Takeover of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, we continue to present daring works that demonstrate theatre to be a vital, contemporary artform and are certain to get people talking.
What to Expect at the Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance Programme
The Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance programme offers a rich and varied selection of exhibitions, events, and initiatives, both within and beyond the centre’s venues. Visitors can expect to discover the latest trends and innovations in performance and dance, as well as to enjoy the historical and artistic heritage of the Southbank Centre and its surroundings.
Some of the highlights of the programme include:
- Hofesh Shechter: From England with Love: A new work by the acclaimed choreographer and composer, inspired by the Italian Renaissance and performed by Shechter II, his company of young dancers. The work combines Shechter’s signature style of movement, music, and humour, with a new score that blends classical, rock, and electronic sounds. The work will premiere at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in March 2024, and will tour nationally and internationally afterwards.
- The QDance Company: Re:INCARNATION: The UK premiere of a dance, music, fashion, and visual art fusion by the Nigerian company, led by choreographer Qudus Onikeku. The work celebrates the richness of Nigerian culture, mixing ancient Yoruba philosophy with Nigerian youth culture. The work features 10 young dancers and two musicians, who perform with explosive energy and creativity. The work will be presented at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in April 2024, as part of the Africa Utopia festival.
- Chunky Move: 4/4: The UK premiere of a work by the Australian dance company, known for its innovative and experimental approach. The work features eight dancers who perform a display of mesmerising movement, choreographed by Antony Hamilton. The work explores the themes of time, space, and rhythm, creating a hypnotic and immersive experience. The work will be presented at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2024, as part of the Australia Now festival.
- Theatre of Research: The Trial of Superdebthunterbot: A participatory theatre project by the German company, led by director Sibylle Peters. The project invites children and adults to take part in a mock trial, where they have to decide the fate of a fictional debt collection robot, who has been accused of causing the death of a debtor. The project explores the ethical and legal implications of artificial intelligence, and the role of children as citizens and decision-makers. The project will be presented at the Purcell Room in June 2024, as part of the Imagine Children’s Festival.
- Southbank Centre International Performance & Dance Residencies: A series of residencies that support the development and presentation of new work by emerging and established artists from around the world. The residencies will include workshops, talks, and performances, as well as opportunities for collaboration and exchange with local artists and audiences. The residencies will feature artists such as Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, Polish theatre director Krzysztof Warlikowski, Nigerian performance artist Jelili Atiku, and Irish theatre company Dead Centre.
How to Plan Your Visit to the Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance Programme
The Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance programme will take place at various venues within the centre, such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Purcell Room, and the Hayward Gallery. The programme will also include events and activities in the public spaces around the centre, such as the Riverside Terrace, the Festival Village, and the Jubilee Gardens.
The programme will run from March 2024 to June 2025, and will be open to the public from Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 11 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office, and range from £10 to £50, depending on the event. Concessions and discounts are available for students, seniors, and groups.
To make the most of your visit, you can also download the Southbank Centre app, which provides useful information and features, such as an interactive map, a personal planner, a catalogue of events, and a guide to the centre’s facilities and services.
The Southbank Centre is located on the south bank of the River Thames, near Waterloo and Embankment stations. It is easily accessible by public transport, bike, or foot. You can also enjoy the scenic views of the river and the London skyline, as well as the nearby attractions, such as the London Eye, the Tate Modern, and the National Theatre.
The Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance programme is a celebration of contemporary performance and dance in all its forms and expressions. Whether you are a seasoned fan, a curious explorer, or a first-time visitor, you will find something to inspire and delight you at the Southbank Centre’s Performance and Dance programme. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discover, enjoy, and celebrate the best of the performance and dance world at the Southbank Centre.