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CN D - Centre national de la danse 2012 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Mills, Tony (United Kingdom)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Watch iT!

CN D - Centre national de la danse 2012 - Director : Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Choreographer(s) : Mills, Tony (United Kingdom)

Present in collection(s): Centre national de la danse , CN D - Spectacles et performances

Video producer : Centre national de la danse

Integral video available at CND de Pantin

en fr

Watch it!

Watch iT! is a multi-media dance odyssey which examines the relationship between man and his television and told with a striking mix of dance, theatre, interactive film and animation. Covering the banal to the surreal, it touches on aspects of how TV affects us, and the situations where it can take on more than an inanimate form. Ultimately, it is an intimate social comment about our ever growing dependence on technology.
The story follows one man's love/hate relationship with his TV as we stumble out of the living room and down the cathode ray tunnel. A TV wonderland ensues with interactive projections, televisions that talk back and ones that want to dance. Watch iT! incorporates a range of styles in one piece, undulating from frenetic sparks of energy to more soft sincere moments. It is black comedy combined with social commentary, ultimately leaving the audience to ponder how they view their own little box in the corner...

Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 to great success, Watch iT! was subsequently toured, alongside Such a Bloke, in 2010 with support from Creative Scotland.

Work showed in June 2012 at the French festival "Danse Hiphop Tanz", in Pantin.

Updating: October 2012

Mills, Tony

Tony Mills is a founder member of Edinburgh based Random Aspekts B Boy crew and hails from the Orkney Isles. Since giving up veterinary surgery whites for tights, he has worked with Freshmess Dance Company, State of Emergency, Off Kilter, Iron Oxide, Curious Seed, David Hughes Dance Productions and Russian physical theatre maestros, Derevo. His adventures into choreography have seen him assist Ian Spink for Scottish Ballet's EIF production, Petruska, as well as commissions for Artlink, Dundee Contemporary Arts Centre, The Arches Circus School and Youth Musical Theatre UK. Tony is a keen ambassador for the breakdance scene in Scotland and has been involved in the production and hosting of major dance events including the Edinburgh leg of the national Breakin' Convention tours in 2007, '09, '10 and '12 at the Edinburgh Festival Theatre. In May 2010, Tony was selected to be part of a team of Scottish choreographers to visit China for a cultural exchange programme facilitated by Creative Scotland and the British Council. Tony returned in 2011 to create and perform a work collaborating with Chinese dancers.

More information

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Latest update : October 2012

Centre national de la danse, Réalisation

Since 2001, the National Center for Dance (CND) has been making recordings of its shows and educational programming and has created resources from these filmed performances (interviews, danced conferences, meetings with artists, demonstrations, major lessons, symposia specialized, thematic arrangements, etc.).

Watch iT!

Artistic direction / Conception : Tony Mills

Choreography : Tony Mills

Interpretation : Tony Mills

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Christine Devaney

Additionnal music : The Presets, Cecilia Bartoli/Geminiano Giacomelli, Harmonic 313, Gonzales, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, L.V. Beethoven, Stars of the Lid

Video conception : Film Cagoule Productions
 - 3D Animation Peter Doris (Nexus Digital Media)

Settings : Tony Mills & Renny Robertson

Duration : 50 minutes

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