Preview: Earthfall – Chelsea Hotel: UK Tour, 1 October – 5 December 2013

Village life

I'd heard the rooms at the Chelsea Hotel were rubbish but I thought I'd get somewhere to lie down at least. Earthfall's Hotel Chelsea goes all sepia.

I’d heard the rooms at the Chelsea Hotel were rubbish but I thought I’d get somewhere to lie down at least. Earthfall’s Hotel Chelsea goes all sepia.

Cardiff-based Earthfall are not your run-of-the-mill contemporary dance company. Their award-winning At Swim Two Boys took Jamie O’Neill’s novel as inspiration and had its two protagonists splashing around in water.

For 2013 they’re harnessing the spirit of New York’s Chelsea Hotel, a building synonymous with the seedy underbelly of the Big Apple’s artistic scene of the 1960s and 70s. Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol and Patti Smith all spent time in the reliably grotty hotel; more infamously it was where Sid Vicious’girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found dead from a stab wound.

“Our production is a crazy mixture of poetic movement, sex, violence, rock and roll, anger, companionship, cowboys and ghosts.” says co-director Jessica Cohen. “It blends truth with lies, reality with fantasy.”

Live musicians will be prowling the stage alongside the dancers and will be performing original music. And there’ll be a General Motors fridge on set for added vintage authenticity.

Chelsea Hotel is touring England and Wales until 5th December 2013, taking in no fewer than 17 towns, including Aberystwyth, Plymouth and Lincoln. A lengthy residency at London’s Riverside Studios runs from 5th -16th November.

More info, tickets and full tour dates can be found on http://www.earthfall.org.uk/chelseahotel/

Gerard Davis

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