THE SHAKES - Simonetta Alessandri

9th Nov - 10th Nov Echo Echo Studios Fri & Sat - 8pmBook Now
Echo Echo Festival Residency Programme welcomes Simonetta Alessandri and company...

Five women in a dance piece, 2 women falling, 2 women catching, the other standing turned away from the camera.[photo by Sam Coren]


A Question: How do we allow anxiety, shock, angst, the edge and/or conflicted emotions to be expressed? As individuals and collectively?

The Shakes is a performance reply. It is a site-responsive piece for five dancers and a live musician/composer, with text as layer in a sound score.  Its tone is immersive, abject and yet, at times, absurd. It is like bringing a tapestry to physicalized life.

The Shakes has been brought to fruition as part of this year’s Festival Residency Programme. The piece has been in development for a year. For the first week of the festival Italian choreographer Simonetta Alessandri, and her company of 5 women, were invited to work on finishing it at Echo Echo Studios.

Light, sound and staging has been created in collaboration with Echo Echo Technical Manager Barry Davis.

Please note this performance is not recommended for those under 14.

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 About Simonetta Alessandri                                                                                      

Simonetta Alessandri is a dance artist who choreographs, performs and teaches. From the 1990s she has created her own choreography and has collaborated (as choreographer) in large-scale opera, in directing and structuring improvised performance as well as choreographing for theatre, making short pieces on students and participatory performance for children and families. Recent work includes The Nodines 2016 (funded by ACE), Crowded Loops 2014 and Dog Roses 2013. Together the body as instrument and its connection to the imagining mind are at the centre of her practice.  Her choreographic/improvised performance practices and teaching inform one another. Her particular somatic approach underpins them all. This includes what can grow a different relationship dynamic between choreographer/facilitator and performers and how the audience perceive a work. Finally, she applies movement, sound and words (speech) to the meaning of performance in contemporary culture. She is on the Teaching Staff at Trinity Laban, a Visiting Lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School and Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Theatre and Performance. She has been a guest teacher in more than ten countries.

The Team

  • Idea and Direction: Simonetta Alessandri
  • Dramaturgy: Mary Ann Hushlak
  • Collaborators and Performers: Kirsty Arnold, Anne-Gaelle Thiriot, Flora Wellesley Wesley,
  • Tania Soubry and Jia-Yu Corti
  • Live musician and composer: Jamie McCarthy
  • Producer: Lia Prentaki


Simonetta Alessandra offers a public workshop on Saturday 10th November from 10am-12noon at The Playhouse, Artillery Street.

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[photos by Sam Coren & Michele Cipriani]



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Access information

Our sincere apologies - no wheelchair access at Echo Echo Studios due to technical defect with platform lift. We continue to work as quickly as possible to resolve this! Many Festival events are programmed in other accessible venues and locations this year. Please contact us if you have a specific access requirement or query.

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