The burgeoning dance programme at the Print Room continues in spring with the world premiere of Hubert Essakow’s Terra, the final part of his trilogy exploring the elements – water, fire and earth. This will be the first dance performance in the main auditorium of the Print Room’s new home, the Coronet in Notting Hill. Booker Prize-winning novelist Ben Okri has been commissioned to write a new poem to accompany the work.

In Terra, the Print Room’s Artistic Associate Hubert Essakow sends his six dancers on journeys through the shifting horizons and changing seasons of an unpredictable earth. They mine down through layers of earth in a theatrical landscape created by Belgian visual artists Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis in their first design commission.

Essakow’s expressive detailed choreography entwines with Ben Okri’s spoken text to explore how we humans interact with the earth in our search for home. French composer Jean Michel-Bernard (who has written scores for directors Martin Scorsese and Michel Gondry) has created a filmic sound environment.

“[The Print Room is] a rare West London outpost for contemporary dance.” Evening Standard  

Press Praise for TERRA:

**** “Atmospheric and intricately choreographed” The Stage

“Highly atmospheric, rich in imagery and suggestion. Essakow has a gift for crafting physical detail and for composing movement: it’s a rare quality, and worth seeing in action.” The Guardian

**** “A truly immersive and captivating piece…that draws your attention from start to finish” Everything Theatre 

**** “This is a highly skilled visual exploration of man’s relationship to the physical world.” Londonist 

“All five dancers [perform] a felicitous mix of classical and contemporary dance, with ease and tremendous expressiveness” Culture Whisper 

“But Essakow’s Terra is no comedy. It is apocalyptic, earnest and timely, about migration and finding shelter.” British Theatre Guide

The Sunday Times: Best of What’s On this week (21 Feb)

The Guardian Guide: Dance Pick of the week (20 Feb)

Time Out: Best Dance shows this month (7 Feb)


Praise for previous dance productions in the trilogy:

IGNIS 2014:

**** “Beautifully orchestrated dance-drama” The Guardian  

**** “Excellent… powerful, emotive yet tender artistic expression of love” Everything Theatre 

**** “Outstanding… There is a whole array of wonderment in IGNIS” Bach Track 

“Firing on all cylinders: beautiful and deeply moving” Dancing Review  

“Essakow’s choreography is stunning” A Younger Theatre 

“Get tickets now before word spreads about how good this is” Critical Dance 


FLOW (2013):

“Hubert Essakow’s multimedia dance work puts a new spin on immersive performance… an exhilarating collobration…”  The Guardian    

“Exquisite choreography and exceptionally talented cast… The whole experience is immersive and captivating, encompassing humour, passion and sincerity” The Londonist

“This exploration of H2O is the ultimate in immersive theatre” The Independent



February 23rd – March 12th

Tickets £10 – £27

Monday – Friday 7.30pm

Saturdays 3pm and 7.30pm

Running Time approx: 55 minutes

Please note: the performance contains infrequent female nudity


Schools Poetry Competition 

To mark our upcoming production of Terra, premiering 23rd February, we are inviting literary students aged 15-19 across London to take part in our poetry competition, judged by some of the UK’s leading poets. For more information see here.