RTDI Digital Offer Autumn 2020

While coming together to watch a show in our Rural Communities and venues has been put on hold due to Covid-19, we wanted to make sure we could continue to bring high-quality dance to our audiences. This autumn, the RTDI is going Digital, with a series of online events that include a brand new commission from Lost Dog, a season of filmed dance shows and Q&A calls, and a special digital taster of Scottish Dance Theatre’s Antigone, Interrupted.

Everything you need to watch, take part and connect with all these fantastic digital events will be updated on this page, so bookmark it now, and come back throughout the autumn for all your rural (digital) dance needs.

Now playing…

In a Nutshell

Lost Dog

Watch free online here: Wednesday 23rd September, 7pm – Thursday 22nd October, 10pm

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative and The Place Online presents the award-winning Lost Dog’s brand new short film, In a Nutshell.

Originally conceived in the early days of the pandemic when it was unimaginable, Lost Dog’s single-shot short film In a Nutshell envisages a world in which theatres will never open again.

Sitting alone in an empty auditorium, a man explains to an unseen future generation, what live theatre was – reliving moments that had been particularly powerful to him personally and lamenting the loss of real-life connections in a world where nobody is allowed near one another. 

With his unique blend of melancholia and self-deprecating humour, Lost Dog’s Ben Duke touches on themes of loneliness and isolation, the loss of human connections, and in particular the temporary community of strangers that make up a theatre audience.  Half eulogy, half lecture, In a Nutshell questions what is real in life, if we cannot share it together in real life.

Production Credits:
Conceived and performed by Ben Duke 
Made by Lost Dog
Supported by Raquel Meseguer 
Filmed and edited by Rachel Bunce
Commissioned by The Place and Rural Touring Dance Initiative, supported by Worthing Theatres
Photo by Rachel Bunce
Lost Dog are an award winning dance theatre company headed by Artistic Director/Performer Ben Duke.
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Share A Show

In October the Rural Touring Dance Initiative will be bringing you three fantastic filmed dance shows followed by an opportunity for audiences to speak to the artists in a series of Q&A Zoom calls.

Each show will be available to watch for free on this page for a week, with the zoom calls taking place on the Wednesday afternoon via Zoom. You will need to book your place in advance to attend any of the zoom calls using the eventbrite ticket links below.

We are also working with Rural Touring schemes to host a series of regional Q&A calls. If you would prefer to join a more local scheme, check with your Rural Touring Scheme.

Coming this October…

Border Tales

Luca Silvestrini’s Protein

Watch free online here: Fri 9th – Thurs 15th October

Join a Q&A with the artistic director on Zoom: Wed 14th Oct, 5.30pm

Register for the Q&A session via Eventbrite, here.

Photo © Sebastian Marcovici

The smash-hit, Border Tales, Protein’s punchy yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain, seen through the eyes of an international cast, is told through dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences. With this broadcast, we contribute to breaking down the walls of silence that uphold and sustain ‘borders’ around the world.

“Funny, thought-provoking and consistently entertaining, Border Tales celebrates our differences, acknowledges our sameness and does more to repair the rifts than politics ever could.”

★★★★★ The Scotsman

“A well-thought-out, beautifully performed and poignant piece of theatre which will always be relevant.”

★★★★★ The Upcoming

“Border Tales is essential theatre for the political climate of today.”

★★★★★ Broadway Baby 

Protein’s May Contain Food and The Little Prince have been adapted for smaller venues and have toured extensively to rural venues with the Rural Touring Dance Initiative.

In order to support artists in these difficult times, Protein will be passing the broadcast fee directly to the dancers in the show. Find out more about Protein and how to support them further on their website here: https://proteindance.co.uk/

Thank you for supporting Protein.


The Head Wrap Diaries

Uchenna Dance

Watch free online: Fri 16th – Thurs 22nd Oct

Join a Q&A with the artist on Zoom: Wed 21st Oct, 2pm

Register for the Q&A session via Eventbrite, here.

Hair – worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids – is the subject of The Head Wrap Diaries, a funny and uplifting dance theatre show by Uchenna Dance. The show is set in a hair salon and is about people and their ongoing relationship with hair.

Blending club styles House, Waacking, and Vogue with African and Contemporary Dance, with a good dose of humour and a sizzling soundtrack of sounds, The Head Wrap Diaries explores femininity, beauty, culture, sisterhood and most importantly; HAIR!

Meet stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud, thinking about your own (and everyone else’s!) hair while you learn a thing or two about afro hair, straight from the hairdresser’s chair.

“If you came prepared for a lecture, prepare to be disappointed. If you came fora party, prepare to get one”

The Reviews Hub

Elephant In The Room

Lanre Malaolu

Watch free online: Fri 23rd – Thurs 29th Oct

Join a Q&A with the artist on Zoom: Wed 28th Oct, time 3pm

Register for the Q&A session via Eventbrite, here.

Something’s wrong. Can’t get out of bed, can’t concentrate, can’t shake the mounting tension. Something unspoken is building up, leaking out, taking over…   

Fusing physical theatre, hip hop dance and spoken word, Elephant in The Room is an explosive solo that explores the mental health crisis and the phenomenon of toxic masculinity.  

The show takes a sharp sideways look at the insidious stigma around mental health issues, asking how race, class and culture can affect the way we choose to address them. And what happens when we don’t…  

The ‘elephant’ is never named, but it is shown – beautifully. 

★★★★ The Stage  

A powerful tour de force. 

★★★★ The Upcoming

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