Dynamic Dance Music and Film

Earthfall

Chelsea Hotel

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Earthfall’s 2013 production, toured England and Wales and received the Wales Theatre Award for Best Small Scale Dance.

Earthfall reveal the poetry and tragicomic events from this iconic hotel and its place in contemporary culture.  A voyeuristic discovery of its inhabitants’ lives, loves and longings.

Continuing on their New York journey the multi-award winning Earthfall blaze a trail from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe to Dylan Thomas and Tennessee Williams, where several stories, true and false, interplay through radical dance, live music and film, capturing significant moments in the history of this rebel artist mecca.

Background

The Chelsea Hotel, or Hotel Chelsea has a rich and intriguing history and is considered a famous landmark in New York City.  Built in the early 1880’s as part of the ‘Hubert Home Clubs’ (housing for artists) it initially was a thriving success before the collapsing economy caused Chelsea Hotel to go bankrupt.  It was later reopened in 1905 as a hotel before going bankrupt again.  Reopened in 1939 the hotel blossomed as a hub of artistic creativity, housing artists and individuals from all over, some for days, others for years.  Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jeff Beck, Rufus Wainwright,  Grateful Dead, Alice Cooper and countless other musicians have stayed there.  Stanley Kubrick,  Jonas Mekas, Dennis Hopper, Jane Fonda are some of the famous directors.  Mark Twain, Arthur C Clarke, Arnold Weinstein, Leonard Cohen, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Quentin Crisp and Dylan Thomas are but a few of the notable residents.

In 2011 the hotel was sold for re-development for $80 million dollars.   Since then the builders have moved in, but not all the residents have moved out.  A stalemate of determined residents and frustrated builders has ensued.  You can keep track of the latest developments on the resident blog Living with Legends: The Last Outpost of Bohemia.  This tapestry of intertwined artistic lives is reflected in Earthfall’s blend of dance, live music and use of film.

Photo

Chelsea Hotel Photo

Here are some highlights from the tour as well as the production shots in these galleries.  (C) Julian Castaldi and Earthfall (C) Hugo Glendinning

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REVIEWS AND COMMENTS – summary

 

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Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Newport

NP20 1HG

Wednesday 13th May 2015, 7:00


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Lincoln Drill Hall

LN2 1EY

Tuesday 8th October


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South Holland Centre, Spalding

PE11 1SS

Thursday 10th October


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Peninsula Arts, Plymouth

PL4 8AA

Wednesday 16th October


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Bath Spa Live, Bath

BA1 1LY

Monday 21st October


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Artrix Arts Centre, Bromsgrove

B60 1PQ

Wednesday 23rd October


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Pegasus Theatre, Oxford

OX4 1RE

Friday 25th October


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Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

CF10 5AL

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th October


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Unity Theatre, Liverpool

L1 9BG

Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd November


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Riverside Studios, London

W6 9RL

Tuesday 5th - Saturday 16th November


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The Lowry, Salford

M50 3AZ

Tuesday 19th November


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The Rose Theatre, Ormskirk

L39 4QP

Tuesday 26th November


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Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury

SP1 3UT

Thursday 28th October


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Gulbenkian, Canterbury

CT2 7NB

Friday 18th October


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