Genre:Stand-Up / Alternative / Other
BioNew Art Club is Tom Roden and Pete Shenton.
They started working together in 1995, formed the company in 2001 and have since produced a wealth of characteristically clever and funny dance shows. They have toured nationally and internationally and won many awards. Their The Short Still Show reached the final of The Place Prize for choreography in 2004.
New Art Club’s breakthrough show was the hilarious spoof on contemporary dance, This Is Modern, which went down a storm with audiences and critics and has been touring solidly since its creation in 2001. Their follow up show, The Electric Tales, toured for three years after its debut. The company’s Christmas Show, The Notcracker, premiered in 2005 and, following three successful years, had its biggest and best tour in 2008. New Art Club has recently taken the comedy world by storm heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with New Art Club’s Extra Ordinary World (2008), This Is Now (2009), and Big Bag Of Boom (2010) before touring the UK.
New Art Club’s shows include: This Is Modern (2001); The Electric Tales (2003); Long Range Effort (2004); The Short Still Show (2004); Dance, Jokes and Dance Jokes (2005); The Notcracker (2005); The Visible Men (2007); New Art Club’s Extra Ordinary World (2008); This Is Now (2009) and Big Bag Of Boom (2010).
Before setting up New Art Club with Pete, Tom was choreographer and artistic director of the all-male Air Dance Company which toured extensively throughout the UK. His opera and theatre credits include: The Magic Flute for Opera North and Babette’s Feast at The Royal Opera House (directed by Tim Supple); Edward II at Bolton Octagon (director Lawrence Till); Elixir Of Love for Grange Park Opera (director Martin Constantine) and Billy Budd at Glyndebourne (director Michael Grandage).
Pre-New Art Club, Pete created numerous pieces for his company, livebait. He was commissioned by dance 4 to create a version of Thomas Lehmann’s Schreibstuck, appeared on TV in Tim Supple’s film Twelfth Night, performed and movement directed for theatre company Metro Boulot Dodo and made a solo called the impolite. He created a performance installation for Sensitive Skin.
But mostly, nowadays, Tom and Pete are New Art Club.
InfluencesReeves and Mortimer, Phil Kaye, Guy Dartnell, Graeme Miller, Jonathan Burrows, The Glee Club, Lea Anderson
About me:New Art Club was formed in 2001 by Tom Roden and Pete Shenton and is fuelled by their shared sprit of adventure. Their shows are a mixture of philosophical comedy, live art and dance. "Think Morecambe and Wise at Sadlers Wells" - Bruce Dessau
Serious and silly in just about equal measure, Tom and Pete have been described as ‘the Gilbert and George of dance’ and likened to musician/comedian Tim Minchin and performance poet Tim Key, but they prefer to see themselves as ‘the Metaphysical Dance Adventurers of the World’.
More recently Tom and Pete branched out and found themselves the stand-up comedy world and are now touring the comedy circuit with new shows 'New Art Club's Extra Ordinary World' and 'This Is Now'which were well received by audiences and critics the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009 respectively. 'New Art Club's Extra Ordinary World' subsequently ran at the Soho Theatre, London and has been touring throughout the UK ever since. 'This Is Now' also subsequently played a range of comedy festivals, received a sell-out run at Soho Theatre, London and is about to embark on New Art Club's biggest tour to date. Their latest venture into the comedy world 'Big Bag Of Boom' is playing at Assembly @ George Street, 7.15 from 5-29 August 2010 as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Last year New Art Club also performed The Visible Men as part of the British Council Showcase. This work is now available to promoters as the extended project The Visible People (see below).
"If Flight of the Conchords danced rather than sang they would be a lot like comedy dance duo New Art Club" - Hugh Reilly, The London Paper
In April 2009, New Art Club was back at The Place, London with the brand new version of The Visible Men which was ingeniously titled The Visible People because guess what? It had more people in it! Pete and Tom are currently developing this project further. To discuss how your organisation could host a similar project please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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