PERFORMANCE: with Anthony Matsena
Those who witnessed Anthony Matsena’s ground-breaking performance When it Arrives, commissioned for MOVEMENT in 2019, will not easily forget it. Following that remarkable event, Anthony become our Performance Associate for 2019/20 and this September, we are delighted to present the result of that process as a new work, made in response to the Elisabeth Frink studio building and her work. A synthesis of the legacy and output of Elisabeth Frink and the seismic changes that have taken place this year is the starting point for this new performance. Composed in three acts, and influenced by three distinct locations, the choreography will address ideas of Humanity, Spirituality and Nature in an attempt to crush borders within the framework of a performance and also those between performer and audience. This will be a significant moment within a movement that has included mass uprising, civil unrest and cries for change by one of the UK’s rising stars in the world of dance and choreography.
The performance will be shown live to a limited audience on Saturday 5 September and then debuted online on Saturday 19 September.
Anthony was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and raised in Swansea, Wales. He began dancing from a young age, training in hip hop and street dance. He then started contemporary and ballet training aged 19 at Gower College Swansea, where he joined County Youth Dance Company and Turning Pointe Dance Academy Swansea. Anthony has been a company member of National Youth Dance Wales (NYDW), creating and touring works by Kerry Nicholls, Odette Hughes (Studio Wayne McGregor), Theo Clinkard, and Eleesha Drennan. His break out moment came as a Young Sadler’s Wells Associate in 2019, and he has since performed works by Ohad Naharin, Hofesh Shechter, Richard Alston, Joseph Toonga for Just Us Dance Theatre, and most recently a new play ‘Tree’ by Idris Elba and Kwame Kwei-Armah at Young Vic Theatre and Manchester International Festival. Anthony is also the co- founder of Matsena Performance Theatre alongside brother Kel.
Ticket numbers are limited to allow for social distancing, so book early to avoid disappointment.