Designed by Alison Neighbour
Created by Lila Dance
Produced by Lou Rogers
A man checks into a hotel the night before his wedding, unaware that things may not be as they seem. As the clock ticks the walls around him seem to blur and dissolve as fragments of memories tumble into the room in the form of past lovers. They fall from the ceilings, crawl out from under the bed and step out of wardrobes to face him once more with full force and in vivid colours. The Hotel Experience becomes a night of doubt, hope, crisis, and unexpected encounters. When the sun rises, he has an important decision to make.
Check-in to your local venue come and watch your friends and family as they guest star alongside our four mesmerising dancers in this extraordinary night of dance and live music. Come and find out why Lîla Dance are rapidly becoming one of Britain’s fastest growing dance companies, with a reputation for redefining community involvement in professional productions.
6th October – Brockhill Park School, Hythe
11th October – The Point, Eastleigh
10th November – Gulbenkian, University of Kent
17th November – Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath
Pavillion Dance South West
The Point, Eastleigh
Brockhill Park performing Arts College
Lîla Dance is Abi Mortimer, Carrie Whitaker, and Dougie Evans. The company is based in the South East and is a Supported Artist of The Point, Eastleigh, an Associate Company at The University of Chichester and previously a Dream Artist at Pavilion Dance South West. We have developed strong, long-term partnerships through our innovative participatory work for which we have gained national recognition.
Artistic Mission Statement
Harnessing the expressive power of body and voice within an imaginative
world to tell ineffable ‘stories’ that speak to the flesh and nerve
Lîla Dance creates fictional worlds that question what it means to be human through emphasising the power of the body to tell stories. On a few occasions we have been ‘accused’ of being existentialist, and in some ways we are. Our work explores the timeless problem that we infinitely face- how do we make rational choices in an irrational world?
Our artistry has grown from a contemporary dance language that has evolved to embrace original music and physical theatre devices. For each new piece we develop a world that is given a sense of place through movement, familiar sounds, props and text, often used in unfamiliar ways.
These worlds are immersed in original soundtracks by Dougie Evans that colour the intensity of the environment and interacts with the emotional content of the narrative.
Lîla is a Sanskrit word meaning play, and to play is to transport yourself into a new reality. One of the most important elements of our work is the understanding that the performance itself is a game: alive and changeable. Our dancers are empowered to be expressive in the moment keeping the work fresh and spontaneous with every performance.