New Beginnings 2024

We welcome another year of our New Beginnings programme. An opportunity for local artists to utilise one of our spaces for a week to develop new pieces of work. This year we have supported three artists/companies, from a wide range of disciplines, check out what they’ve been up to below!

London Waacking Movement

London Waacking Movement is a group of 5 waackers from a diverse range of backgrounds. They are a community-centered collective, focussed on growing and creating spaces for the waacking community in London. Newly established, the group regularly organises jams, workshops, and club nights. Their values lie in freedom of expression, club culture, and individuality.

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New Beginnings Project
London Waacking Movement will use the New Beginnings programme to develop their debut piece of waacking theatre. As a waacking collective based in London, their intention is to create the first waacking piece that is specifically performed to Brit Funk. To the backdrop of this music, they will dramatise the club dance lifestyle. They hope to perform this piece at arts and waacking festivals both in the U.K. and in Europe in 2024.

Alex Roberts

Alex is an actor, writer and producer based in South London. His debut show, No Place Like Home was developed on Starting Blocks at Camden People’s Theatre and won the Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022.

As an actor, recent credits include; Death Drop: Back in the Habit (West End/UK Tour), Love at First Sight (Netflix), Robin Hood (Bristol Old Vic), Joan of Leeds (New Diorama) and The Rocky Shock (Wardrobe Theatre). He’s a graduate of Warwick University and was recently selected for Soho Theatre’s Drag and Cabaret Lab.

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@alexrobertsonline (insta)
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New Beginnings Project
Alex is working on CONVICTION, a new piece of theatre about sexuality in the male UK prison system.

Patricia Langa, Eric Longa Dance Theatre Company

Eric Longa is a dance theatre company based in the UK founded by Patricia Langa, encompassing all her work as a performer, choreographer, and movement director.

Originally from Barcelona, Patricia trained at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in London.

As a dancer, Patricia has worked internationally with choreographers, directors, and companies including Lea Anderson, Ridley Scott, Aletta Collins, Simon Rattle, Rambert Company, Thomas Noone Dance, Dantzaz Konpainia, Impermanence Dance Theatre, Blind Summit, LA Philharmonic, Fernando Melo, Katya Bourvis, Chewy She, Gary Clarke Company,  and many more.

Since 2017 she is an associate artist and collaborator with Thick & Tight, Nicole Bachmann, and Corali Dance
Company – an acclaimed group of artists with learning disabilities. Since 2023 she is one of the resident choreographers for the Drag king collective Haus of Dons. As a queer artist, choreographer, and collaborator her work has been presented at venues including The Royal Opera House, The Vaults Festival, Chessfest 23’, Berlin Music Awards, major art galleries in London and Switzerland, European music festivals, and a variety of LGBTQI + venues such as The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Duckie, and Posh Club.

After being awarded a DYCP Grant by the Arts Council of England in 2021, Patricia performed, directed, and produced a dance film about Flamenco’s queer history and its relationship with masculinity called QUEEROLÉ!, which is to be released in 2024.


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New Beginnings Project
Patricia will be developing further her Franco The Dick- Taker act; a satirical dance piece about Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator from 1939 to 1975 and his influence in why Flamenco dance became the symbol of Spain (to attract tourism) and why the roles in it became so binary, when previously Flamenco had been a much more fluid form.

Sean Alexander Murray will be appearing as guest artist, taking the role of ‘A Hell of a Dress’, which represents the world of Flamenco embodied in the shape of a ‘dress demon’ coming from hell to claim Franco’s soul as punishment for his many grievous sins.

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