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Another Kind of Blue: Flirt with Reality - The Peacock

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

DANCE meets cutting-edge drone technology in an inspiring new work by Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Another Kind of Blue, presenting the UK premiere of Flirt with Reality at Sadler’s Wells’ West End venue The Peacock from Tuesday, July 9 to Sunday, July 14, 2019.

Flirt with Reality explores the very nature and extent of reality and how borders have become blurred in our increasingly virtual world. Dancers collide with digital matter and drones in an imaginative, gravity-defying dreamscape of fantasy and rhythm.

Founded by choreographer David Middendorp, Netherlands-based Another Kind of Blue found fame on Britain’s Got Talent in 2016, when the company wowed the judges and audience with a floor-based routine that Simon Cowell called “stunning”. The company was also a finalist on America’s Got Talent.

Flirt with Reality features dancers Demi Carlin-Aarts, Jeroen van Acker, Corinne Cilia, Aya Degadi, Klevis Elmazaj, Faizah Grootens, Antonino Milazzo and Elie Nassar.

Inspired by his enduring fascination with technology, David Middendorp synthesises dance and technology to create a brave and compelling new world. His high quality contemporary dance performances bring together strong choreography with cutting-edge drone technology, robots, animation, digital imagery and original music to create stunning spectacles. Flirt with Reality received its world premiere in The Hague in October 2018.

Flirt with Reality consists of five choreographies:

Airman is a duet between man and machine, imagining human consciousness as it would be if it were represented by a group of intricately choreographed drones.

Flyland In A Room is a duet about a love story that is coming to an end. It explores the emotional thin line between fantasy and reality, where two people ending a relationship are surrounded by animated clouds of memories.

Blue Journey earned the company a place in the 2014 finals of America’s Got Talent. It reveals the struggles of a girl and her search for identity within herself and the world around her.

In As It Appears, old and modern methods of storing moments collide, starting with a man in a room with a painting.

Game Engine is inspired by the rise of the digital age and the seemingly faster and faster pace with which it is moving.

David Middendorp said: “Dance and technology come from the same source: man’s desire to create a different reality. Flirt with Reality shows how boundaries are blurring in our increasingly virtual world and how this creates new opportunities.

Flirt with Reality is a show which plays with reality. I believe that augmenting reality puts things in sharper perspective, and that playing is nature’s wonderful mechanism to learn. I am learning about the warm and cold sides of technology and I want to use them to pull the audience into this dance and technology duet. Dancers literally collide with digital bits and drones; they are free from time and gravity and are propelled by their own feelings, imagination and rhythm.

“As one of the great technological and dance hubs of the world, we are thrilled to be premiering our new show in London in July.”

David Middendorp began his professional career at Dutch company Introdans. He went on to dance with the Saarländische Staats Ballet and the Ballet Theater Munich, before returning to The Hague, where he founded Another Kind of Blue in 2008. His choreographies include Bread-peace, Dreamsketch, As it Fades, Kruimeldief (Dust Buster), Murph! and 15 Minute Universe.

To watch trailer, click here.

Tickets: £18 – £40. To book, call the ticket office on 020 7863 8222 or visit peacocktheatre.com/.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm, and Sunday at 4pm.

Also at The Peacock: Beats On Pointe, the thrilling dance spectacular from Australia that fuses street dance and ballet (until June 16, 2019).