Dance Nation

Dance Nation

Almeida Theatre · 27 AUG - 06 OCT

“Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”

Overview

Somewhere in America, a revolution is coming.

An army of competitive dancers is ready to take over the world, one routine at a time.

With a pre-teen battle for power and perfection raging on and off stage, Dance Nation is a ferocious exploration of youth, ambition and self-discovery.

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and The Relentless Award, Clare Barron’s explosive new play Dance Nation makes its UK debut in summer 2018, directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Public Booking opens at 10am on Thursday 15 February.

Critic reviews

Best is Kayla Meikle’s magnificent rallying cry, an expletive-laden statement of intent that doesn’t ignore or deny self-doubt and fear but pushes through it

The Upcoming

Ultimately, Dance Nation is a play that’s more about a feeling than a story

Exeunt

A perceptive account of the pain and wonder of growing up, witty about the ways in which the young are programmed to behave, and memorably alert to the particular power of female adolescence

Evening Standard

What it loses in wildness, it makes up for in care and its intimate moments – a shared sugar-fuelled potion, a secret given as a gift – are so tender and brittle they just about break your heart

WhatsOnStage

Clare Barron's teenage dance drama brilliantly captures the terror, power and magic of early adolescence

The Stage

Barron’s real skill lies in writing a play that wittily shows how dance can be a source of liberation without ever quelling the tremulous terrors of adolescence

The Guardian

This is a passionate, tender and defiant study of growing up in a confusing world

The Financial Times

They nail the superficially flat, but deeply meaning filled dialogue. They make us care deeply about events and relationships that could be seen as trivial

Time Out

Bijan Sheibani’s terrific ensemble, gaslit by Brendan Cowell’s superbly creepy Dance Teacher Pat, make the dancers irresistible forces of nature

The Times

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 27 Aug - Sat 6 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Venue

Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
4.4
out of 5 stars
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