By Clare Barron
Directed By Bijan Sheibani
Tickets £10 - £39.50
“Maybe this is the year, this is the moment, this is the dance where your lives will start!”
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 this summer, directed by Bijan Sheibani (The Brothers Size, Young Vic; Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre).
Photo: Karla Crome and Ria Zmitrowicz photographed by Clara Giaminardi
Previews Mon 27 Aug – Sat 1 Sep
Press Night 7pm Tue 4 Sep
Wed matinees 2.30pm from 12 Sep
Sat matinees 2.30pm from 8 Sep
27 Aug – 1 Sep
£32, £28, £20, £10
3 Sep – 6 Oct
£39.50, £32, £20, £10
Almeida Rush allows audiences to book last minute tickets to popular Almeida shows each week. Tickets released Tuesday at 1pm.
Thu 27 Sep
Post-show talk with members of the Dance Nation company. Free to same day ticket holders.
Mon 17 Sep 6pm
Almeida Questions is an eclectic programme of pre-show discussions which consider some of the questions raised by the work on our stage. An invited panel of speakers discuss the key issues and ideas raised by Dance Nation.
Fri 28 Sep 7.30pm
£5 Captioned tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Mon 6 Aug
Audio Described performance
Sat 22 Sep 2.30pm
(Touch Tour 1pm)
£5 Audio Described tickets available to those aged 25 and under on sale Mon 6 Aug
Mon 27 Aug – Wed 5 Sep
If you live or work in the Islington area you can book best available seats for £25 for the opening performances, subject to availability. Enter the promo code ISFIRST when booking. For applicable postcodes see here.
Customers claiming Jobseekers Allowance and students can book second-price band tickets for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings and Wednesday and Saturday matinees. Concessions tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.
Customers who are 65 and over can book second-price-band tickets* for £25 on Monday - Thursday evenings & Wednesday & Saturday matinees. Over 65s tickets are also applicable for first-price band tickets on Wednesday and Saturday matinees. For more information click here.
Customers aged 30 or under can book second-price-band tickets for £15 on Monday - Thursday evenings & Wednesday & Saturday matinees*.
*Subject to availability. Not available in the final week of performances.
25 and under
£5 tickets available for performances Mon 27 Aug, Tue 28 Aug, Wed 29 Aug, Thu 30 Aug, Fri 31 Aug, Sat 1 Sep, Mon 3 Sep, Mon 10 Sep, Tue 11 Sep, Mon 17 Sep, Tue 18 Sep and matinee performances on Wed 19 Sep and Wed 26 Sep. Book using the promo code UNDER25
Theatre includes: Life of Galileo (Young Vic); Yerma (Young Vic, London/Park Avenue Armory, New York); The Wild Duck (Barbican Theatre/UK Tour/Belgium & Perth Tour/Belvoir Sydney); Once in Royal David’s City; Miss Julie (Belvoir Sydney); The Dark Room (Company B); True West; Dissident, Goes Without Saying; Far Away; The Shape of Things; The Recruit (Sydney Theatre Company); Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare); Happy New; Men (Roguestar Productions/Old Fitzroy)
Television includes: Press; Game Of Thrones; Brock; The Let Down; Black Comedy; Soul Mates; Wastelander Panda; The Outlaw Michael Howe; The Borgias; Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War; The Slap; Underbelly Flies: The Man Who Got Away; Rush; Love My Way; Salem’s Lot; White Collar Blue; Fat Cow Motel; Life Support; Young Lions; Water Rats; Monster!
Film includes: The Current War; Last Cab to Darwin; Broke; Observance; The Darkside; Save your legs!; Beneath Hill 60; I Love You Too; Three Blind Mice; Ten Empty; Noise; Suburban Mayhem; Deck Dogz; To End All Wars; The Monkey’s Mask; City Loop; Kick
★★★★ A PERCEPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE PAIN AND WONDER OF GROWING UP
★★★★ CLARE BARRON'S WILD, FUNNY, FEROCIOUS DRAMA ABOUT A PRETEEN DANCE TROUPE
★★★★ CAPTURES THE TERROR AND MAGIC OF ADOLESCENCE
★★★★ ITS INTIMATE MOMENTS...ARE SO TENDER AND BRITTLE THEY JUST ABOUT BREAK YOUR HEART
★★★★ A SHOW PACKED WITH ENERGY, SLY SATIRE AND FIRST-RATE PERFORMANCES
★★★★ UNPREDICTABLE, MIXED-UP, FUNNY AND FURIOUS: A NO-HOLDS-BARRED EXPLORATION OF THE RAW BUSINESS OF GROWING UP
★★★★ WILD, RAW, HILARIOUS AND TENDER...EXCITINGLY ADVENTUROUS THEATRE
★★★★★ Flat-out extraordinary
Recommended for ages 16+
The running time is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval. Please note this production features nudity and flashing lights.
Programmes, posters and scripts are available to buy online here.
Writer Clare Barron
Director Bijan Sheibani
Choreographer Aline David
Set Design Samal Blak
Costume Design Moritz Junge
Lighting Lee Curran
Sound and Composition Marc Teitler
Casting Amy Ball
Casting Assistant Chandra Ruegg
Costume Supervisor Claire Wardroper
Hair and Make-up Design Giuseppe Cannas
Dialect Coach Brett Tyne
Fight Director Bret Yount
Resident Director Hannah Joss