The addition of stylish studios for the first permanent home for Siobhan Davies Dance further improves busy St George's Road.
Just along from the Tibetan Peace Garden the conversion of the Charlotte Sharman School Annexe by Sarah Wigglesworth gives a top-floor womb-like studio for the innotative and eponymous dance group to explore dance in a new creative way. The mood is enhanced by the rooftop views of South London landmarks, mature trees and the evening sky.
The audience of about 60 sits around two sides of the space on long benches. The first work, In Plain Clothes, centres and stills both dancers and audience. Staccato words and odd notes of music are a curious soundtrack but the taut, controlled and muscular bodies of the dancers show off their fitness. In their green, blue and grey floaty costumes they sweep across the space like waves, leaving flotsam behind as they withdraw. Working up from individuals to pairs, quartets and the whole ensemble they tell a silent story, responding to each other and the music and words engagingly but enigmatically.
The cleverly adapted building also offers rehearsal spaces, treatment rooms, offices and meeting rooms. Its intimate size will attract exciting experimental work, especially in the use of the warm airy Roof Studio. Siobhan Davies hopes it will be a place for collective and individual learning, discovery and professional development.
• Until Thursday 18 May at the Siobhan Davies Studios; box office 0870 730 1414; Southwark residents £12.
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