Vincent Dance Theatre

Test Run

Test Run was created for Dance Umbrella 2006 and is a powerhouse solo performance by Janusz Orlik with rich, multi-layered music played live and fed through loop stations by violinists Patrycja Kujawska and Matt Howden.

A gentle, intimate solo gives way to an unexpected, aggressive and intricate trio, shaped by the physical and musical interventions of the two musicians who share the space.

Test Run becomes a complex, highly structured trio – a game of perseverance and persistence, exposing the huge personal demands placed on one dancer to avoid public meltdown and to keep control of the stage.

Test Run investigates how live music can be integrated with movement and, pushing dancer Janusz Orlik to his physical limits, and asks the question ‘does the dance lead the music or the music lead the dance?’

Test Run forms half of Act One, a double bill of VDT’s work partnered with Look At Me Now, Mummy touring nationally and internationally. Act One is a chance to see Vincent Dance Theatre up close and personal. Funded by Arts Council England.

(from the company's production notes)

direction and design Charlotte Vincent
devised and performed by Janusz Orlik, Patrycja Kujawska (violin), Matt Howden (violin)
lighting design James Harrison
Dates

Premiere
October 17th, 2006, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London, United Kingdom
Dance Umbrella

October 18th, 2006, Purcell Room, South Bank Centre, London, United Kingdom
Dance Umbrella

January 16th, 2007, Northern Stage (Stage Two), Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

January 17th, 2007, Northern Stage (Stage Two), Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

September 27th, 2007, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

September 28th, 2007, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

September 29th, 2007, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

July 19th, 2008, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Grec’08 Festival de Barcelona

July 20th, 2008, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Grec’08 Festival de Barcelona

June 28th, 2008, Paseo de Abandolbarra, Bilbao, Spain
Lekuz Leku Festival

June 6th, 2008, The Bluecoat, Liverpool, United Kingdom

June 4th, 2008, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

March 18th, 2008, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

March 19th, 2008, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

March 20th, 2008, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

March 13th, 2008, Stage@Leeds, University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom

March 12th, 2008, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, United Kingdom

March 10th, 2008, Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom

March 6th, 2008, The Junction, Cambridge, United Kingdom

March 4th, 2008, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, United Kingdom

March 1st, 2008, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

February 29th, 2008, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

February 20th, 2008, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, United Kingdom

February 21st, 2008, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, United Kingdom

February 13th, 2008, The Point, Eastleigh, United Kingdom

February 8th, 2008, The Hawth, Crawley, United Kingdom

February 7th, 2008, Arnolfini, Bristol, United Kingdom

February 5th, 2008, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, United Kingdom

February 6th, 2008, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, United Kingdom

February 4th, 2008, Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, United Kingdom

February 2nd, 2008, Pacific Road Arts Centre, Liverpool, United Kingdom
British Dance Edition 2008

January 31st, 2008, The Tron, Glasgow, United Kingdom