Directed by Monika Gintersdorfer
Visual Artist Knut Klassen
Cast Frank Edmond Yao and Richard Siegel
A Dance Umbrella and Gate Theatre production.
The most recent in a series of duets initiated by Monika Gintersdorfer and Knut Klaßen, Logobi 05 is a brilliant and entertaining meeting of different cultures and contexts. Richard Siegal, formerly a dancer with William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt, meets Franck Edmond Yao from the Ivory Coast for a lively and informal discussion and exchange of each other‘s dance forms.
Using movement and dialogue, the dancers create a bridge for their dance cultures to be shared with some light-hearted collisions along the way. The result is an enlightening and often hilarious demonstration of various movement styles from Ivory Coast streetdance, including Logobi itself, to the contemporary dance techniques in which Siegal is steeped. Yao's and Siegal’s intense physicality is arresting, their generous enthusiasm infectious and the journey with them one worth taking.
African street dance collides with European contemporary dance in Logobi 05, the brainchild of acclaimed German theatre director Monika Gintersdorfer and visual artist Knut Klassen. Two top-flight dancers, one African and one American, meet in one of contemporary dance’s most charming trans-cultural exchanges. Combining movement and text, this celebrated new work receives its UK premiere at the Gate following sell-out performances in Germany.
Following the success of I Am Falling and Press at the Gate, we continue our exploration of contemporary dance by opening the Gate's doors to Dance Umbrella – London’s International Festival of New Dance.
24 – 28 October 2011