Dance comes to Hounslow
It was a bright and blustery October afternoon when I returned to Hounslow again. The streets were bustling with the young and old going about their Saturday afternoon shopping and chatting on the street corners. However once again something rather special was happening in the local Bell Square. Just before 3 pm, the Bell began ring reminding everyone that the show was about to begin, I wondered whether the townsfolk had become more accustomed to the theatrical goings-on right in the heart of their town.
The Bell Square outdoor Art’s festival was launched in 2014 and has been running since July, it’s a place for everyone of all ages to be able to enjoy a huge variety of performances including theatre, dance, acrobatics and circus. Taking place every other Saturday until December.
On this occasion the audience were gathering around in anticipation to see Nomadis performed by Human Hood, a dance based company from Birmingham who formed in 2014 under the artistic direction of Rudi Cole and Julia Robert. They travel internationally and across the UK performing physical and emotive productions exploring human behaviour and consciousness, focusing on the relationship between art and the science of physics.
The pair entered the space, in which we witness a chance meeting of two individuals, two nomads who in a moment of recognition slowly discover a connection with each other. Creating a beautiful fluid dance, first to a soundtrack of urban street sounds that takes them on a journey together. Through the use of their strong but elegant flowing bodies, the audience is witness to the intimacy of their meeting. Dressed in autumnal colours the dancers blended seamlessly into the backdrop of Bell Square with the autumn leaves blowing across the stage area. As the music builds momentum the couple’s performance became more powerful and dynamic, with graceful rolls and lifts all in perfect unison, until the crescendo of the drumbeat brought us to their finale.
Human Hood’s arresting performance of Nomadis brought colour and creativity to Hounslow and brightened up my Saturday afternoon.
Try and catch one of the following performances before the festival finishes in December.
4 Nov, 10am-1pm; 3-6pm
Guixot de 8 – Our Games
Play games in the street with this Barcelona-based company. Fun for all!
18 Nov, 6.30pm
Same Sky – Winter Lights
The fourth annual Winter Lights event brings together the people of Hounslow in a festive procession and celebration, followed by a free performance in Bell Square.
2 Dec, time TBC
Ray Lee – Chorus
A giant hypnotic sound installation. Walk within it to experience it.