Fri 25 June - Thu 1 July

The Rule of Seven, an Illegal Dance Short Film

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A young searcher finds himself enticed by the murmurings that lie beyond closed doors. Peering through the keyhole our searcher soon finds himself swept into the whirlwind. A world of rehearsed speeches and practiced sincerity. Where a luxurious life of fine dinning and flamboyant excess conflicts with the repressed urge to move freely. A polished palace that is ready to crack open into a rave of chaotic ecstasy. No longer in the shadows, our young searcher finds himself continuing his adventure into the word of Illegal Dance.

Illegal Dance explores a future where artistic expression is forbidden by oppressive regimes around the world. It combines dynamic contemporary choreography with innovative technical stagecraft to portray the tensions in a society that pits order against chaos, security against freedom, and individualism against collective will.

The Rule of Seven is an excerpt, the first instalment from Illegal Dance, the new multi-artform work from virtuoso choreographer Tony Adigun’s. Sharp movement and spectacular cinematography underpin a compelling story, exploring themes of family, society, power and agency.

The short film plays to a stunning original score of Hiphop infused with contemporary classical sounds, topped with a dash of drum and bass. The delectable and infections score is composed by none other than James Grant, one half of the prolific producing power house iLL BLU @iLLBLU who’s producing and remix credits include Stormzy, Sam Smith, MoStack, Headie One, IAMDDB & Tion Wayne.

Over the next three years Avant Garde Dance will introduce new instalments featuring film, dance, theatre, immersive and digital.

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About Tony Adigun

Tony is a choreographer, director, curator, dancer, educator and mentor with a razor sharp eye for dance composition, musicality and form. His unique dance vocabulary has gained respect from the highest echelons of the dance industry.

His iconic choreography and style has resulted in commissions to choreograph work for Cirque de Soleil in Andorra, Fontys in Tilburg, and for festivals in Vietnam, America, Poland, Russia and Portugal, as well as in the UK with Breakin Convention, The Place/Alston Takes Over and Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.

Tony was a semi-finalist in The Place Prize 2012 and was also commissioned by The Place to remake Richard Alston’s ‘Wildlife’ as part of Dance Umbrella 2011, which subsequently went on tour with graduate company Edge. In 2012 he was invited by Breakin’ Convention to research and develop a new work in conjunction with Parc de la Villette in Paris. He was co-choreographer on the Royal Opera House Education and East London Dance production of The Last Genie. He was guest choreographer for The Exhibitionists, an international ensemble of acrobats and dancers brought together for the Road Show festival on Exhibition Road.

Commercially he has performed with internationally recognised artists including Janet Jackson, Usher, Ashanti, Mel B, JoJo, Cheryl Cole and Whitney Houston and was the Creative Director for Sky 1’s ‘Got To Dance’.

About Avant Garde Dance

Founded in 2001, Avant Garde Dance Company (AGDC) is an ACE NPO, led by Artistic Director and CEO Tony Adigun. AGDC is a critically acclaimed company at the forefront of London’s innovative Hip hop/Contemporary Dance scene. Dedicated to creating and distributing world-class dance, the company enjoys a broad appeal to diverse, intergenerational and multi-cultural audiences nationally and internationally.

AGDC has produced over 20 productions, events and platforms, touring nationally and internationally, with works commissioned, co-produced and presented at venues and festivals including: The Place, Sadler’s Wells, Pavilion Dance, Southbank Centre, The Barbican, DanceXchange, Greenwich Dance, Brighton Dome, Stratford Circus, Breakin’ Convention, Latitude Festival, British Dance Edition, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Barcelona Festival and Shanghai International Arts Festival.

AGDC’s recent works have reached over 170,000 audiences and engaged over 2000 young people taking part in learning and participation opportunities.

Nominated for the Best Independent Dance Company category in the National Dance `Awards, The AGDC mantra ‘Innovate Never Replicate’ is evident throughout the work, as the company embraces a sense of difference and individuality.

“Daring, dynamic and hugely enjoyable.”**** The Times

“Adigun hits you with fast, precise choreography – contemporary dance sharpened by hip hop.” The Stage