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Dance and humour Kill the Klowns.

Byline: By Karen Price Western Mail

The irrepressible bad boy of dance is back. Welsh choreographer and performer Sean Tuan John will be on stage in Swansea next week as part of his current tour, Kill The Klowns.

Since the early '90s, the Neath choreo- grapher has been creating innovative work for theatre and television.

Regarded as one of Wales' more eccentric exports, he has established a unique style of dance theatre which is humorous, thought-provoking and never dull.

It combines Sean's idiosyncratic movement with video imagery, text and music, shunning more conventional - and polite - forms of contemporary dance.

Sean draws artistic influence from across Europe, breaking the mould with zany dance theatre.

Joined by Belgian Bert Van Gorp and Iain Payne, Sean presents a beautiful yet disturbing cocktail of disjointed dance with a large dose of dark humour in Kill the Klowns.

The image of the clown depicts the inherent tragedy behind all comedy.

In a desolate purgatory, three bitter, failed comedians taunt and torment each other as they re-enact and destroy old vaudeville dreams.

One critic once said of Sean, 'He may yet be to choreography what Dylan Thomas is to poetry...raw, bawdy, imaginative and often attractively subversive.'

Sean trained at Dartington College of Arts and, briefly, at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam before entering the professional arena in 1992 dancing for Yolande Snaith, Compagnia Guanera-Guy and Kristina Page.

He collaborated on two projects with Jessica Levy before beginning to make his own work as an independent artist in 1994.

After working with Stuc in Belgium, he collaborated with Bert van Gorp, the eccentric Belgium choreographer on Frederick's First Kiss.

The production toured in Europe and brought Sean international recognition.

Sean Tuan John's Kill the Klowns as at Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, on February 9 at 7.30pm. The box office number is 01792 602 060. Tickets priced pounds 8.50/pounds 7.00 concessions.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 2, 2007
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