The Public House

A week-long event of installations, performances and choreographic experiments inside an empty shop unit in Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre.

at Unit 237, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre

With the help of design trio Wignall & Moore and visual artist Anna Sikorska, Hiru Dance Organisation are transforming a large shop front into a furnished living room which will act both as a performance space and a welcoming environment to sit down with a cup of tea. The Public House will host five day-long artist residencies and one evening programme, performed on six consecutive nights. Free tea and biscuits will be served all day and there will be drinks in the evenings.

The Public House gives the shoppers and commuters passing through Elephant & Castle a diversion from their retail excursions or daily commute and a friendly environment to engage with contemporary performance.

The line-up of artists at The Public House includes graduates from Laban, Lewisham College, London Contemporary Dance School, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Roehampton University, whose work has been seen at Barbican Centre, Chelsea Theatre, Chisenhale Dance Space, Hannah Barry Gallery, RichMIx, Southbank Centre, Siobhan Davies Studios and The Place.

Daytime Programme, Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am-6.30pm

Every day a new dance artist/company takes up residence in The Public House. Each will be in the space for a total of 8 hours, responding to the context of the shopping centre and offering a little (or a lot!) of their creative practice for all to see.

Featuring: Alexandrina Hemsley, Trumpet Creepers with Seke Chimutengwende, Sebastian Kurth, Antonio de la Fe Guedes and Gillie Kleiman.

Evening Programme, Monday to Saturday, 8pm

A programme of five short dance works, curated and commissioned by Hiru, to be performed together every evening throughout The Public House. 
Featuring: Riccardo Buscarini, immigrants and animals, Eleanor Sikorski, Moreno Solinas and The Arch of Starch.

Hiru is a group of six independent dance artists and advocates—Charlie Ashwell, Jamila Johnson-Small, Eleanor Sikorski, Moreno Solinas, Igor Urzelai and Flora Wellesley Wesley—working together to support, curate and produce contemporary dance.

Design team Wignall & Moore and Anna Sikorska graduated from Nottingham University, Royal College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art. Wignall & Moore designed and curated The King & The Minotaur labyrinth gallery:

Anna Sikorska, winner of the National Sculpture Competition, is a visual artist based in London.

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Opening Times
9 - 14 July 2012
Daytime: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am-6.30pm
Evening: Monday to Saturday, 8pm

Unit 237, Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre