Liszt Affair

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Music, modern dance and poetry come together….

About The Project

Liszt Affair is an exciting new project where music, modern dance and poetry come together in this compelling and immersive evening of piano music. Featuring poetry from Jane Liddell King, ‘Liszt Affair ’is a multi-disciplinary experience of original compositions. A love affair with music where everyone is the soloist and everyone is the accompanist.

Liszt Affair was born after a collaboration between Ieva Dubova and Pagan Hunt on one of Liszt’s pieces. The Idea to add poetry seemed natural at the time as that’s a great passion of Ieva’s, rest just fell in place. This is an All female production mainly formed by Alumni of Trinity Laban who all have met during their studies on other collaborative projects at the CoLab festival. Liszt Affair is very proud to present original poetry written by Jane Liddell-King.

The premiere of Liszt Affair will be on the 20th of July at The Space 269 Westferry Road, London, E14 3RS, www.space.org.uk

Why Liszt Affair

“It has always been my dream to play concerts in collaboration with other disciplines and to explore more. There is just something  magical for me when I play and I can feel the connection and the exchange in energy between dance and music and poetry. It is like 3 individuals embarking on the same journey. And I am very happy to do this together with an amazing team of talented ladies”

-IEVA DUBOVA-

“I am very glad to be a part of this project, as there are so many talented and intelligent women involved. I think it is a beautiful thing for so many art forms to come together and blend into one evening of creativity and performance, and having the work of Liszt to inspire us is sure to bring out the best in all of us. I am excited to work with Ieva and the others to form a strong, new female collective, who can all develop and grow as artists together”

-PAGAN HUNT-

“I study piano accompaniment at Trinity Laban and work mainly with singers as I love text, but I am a trained actor too. I have had to put my acting on hold for a while, so it’s really exciting to delve back in with a great team of women!”

-CLAIRE HABBERSHAW-

“Being part of this "Liszt Affair" project is an honour to be part of the staff of dancers and choreographers because I will have a fantastic experience working with magnificent artists as pianists, actresses and dancers each with different styles but with the same passion for art! Being one of the dancers and choreographers will be an honour to show my ideas and my being and work with various professionals.”

-ANITA GARCIA GROSSE-


About the Team

Ieva Dubova - Piano and Project direction 

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Ieva Dubova is a classical and contemporary pianist from Latvia.  She performs solo and chamber music. Her most recent  achievements include second place in Courtney Kenny Awards  with soprano Hope Lavelle, and first place with Michael  Worboys in the John Halford Competition for piano and composition.

She was invited to play in an honorary  concert of Young Baltic Artists abroad in Uk as a noted musician of the Baltic states and has released an Album premiering  four hands piano music with the award winning  young contemporary  pianist Joe Howson of pieces from Georgs Pelecis as a homage to her native country - Latvia. 

Ieva has Performed in UK, Italy, Germany, France and  Luxembourg, looking forward to make her debut in Mexico later this Year.

Ieva is deeply passionate about combining piano music with other art forms and has started a project called Collaboration Affair to explore this idea in various concert experiences.

She is also a  Masters Student at Trinity Laban  Conservatoire of Music studying piano performance under  Alexander Ardakov and has occasional lessons with renowned French pianist, Pascal Roge. Ieva’s Mmus studies at Trinity Laban are generously supported by a Jimmie Cross Prize fund scholarship.

  Claire Habbershaw - Actress

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Claire is currently on an independent year of study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, as a Trinity London Scholar. Alongside her studies at Trinity, Claire is an experienced actor. Claire’s passion for acting began when she was in her early teens. She took part in a professional lengthy run of a devised show for U4ria theatre company in 2011 and performed in West End productions, such as “Never Forget” at the Savoy Theatre. Claire trained at Junior Guildhall Drama, under opera librettist Alisdair Middleton from 2011 – 2013 and was an actor musician in National Youth Music Theatre’s 2014 production of “The Ragged Child”. With NYMT, Claire performed at The Rose Theatre for HRH Prince Edward and performed a solo reading at St John’s Smith Square. In 2017, Claire became a member of the National Youth Theatre.  Claire has performed regularly as backing vocalist on the X Factor Live Shows. Claire’s main focus is piano accompaniment, and she works mainly with singers. She has won numerous awards and prizes, including The Founders’ Prize for Piano Accompaniment and the Raymond Russell Prize for Harpsichord, the English Song Competition and The Lillian Ash French Song Competition. She vocal coaches actors at her studio and has worked as an accompanist and vocal coach at institutions such as The Drama Centre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Trinity Laban. She is excited to begin her Masters’ studies in piano accompaniment at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September 2019.

Pagan Hunt- Dance and Choreography 

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Pagan is a contemporary dancer, recently graduated from Trinity Laban. Her background is in classical ballet and jazz, and she also has experience performing professionally in a range of styles including Bollywood, Latin, Commercial, Fire, Aerial, and more. She has worked with contemporary choreographers including Struan Leslie, Thomas Page Dances for a Cannes Festival film, and Holly Blakey for Burberry AW19 at London Fashion Week. Pagan is interested in exploring many different dance styles, especially in relation to music, and is excited to bring her wide range of experience and curiosity to the world of Liszt in this concert.



Anita Garcia Grosse - Dance and Choreography 

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Anita is a a young and highly talented dancer from Portugal currently living and studying in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of music.  Anitas training extends to classical dance training, Cuban method, Russian, Imperial, RAD and contemporary dance training of different types such as Cunningham, Release, Limon, Floor Work, Lyrical and Flying Low.
Most recently Anita received 3rd place in contemporary solo in New York, where she also did three consecutive Summer Schools -  Dance World Cup, Dancer, among others and in several countries Germany, Belgium, France, London and Cyprus.


   “Dancing has always been a great passion from childhood until the moment I grew up as a dancer and I continue to show my love for dance on the stage, because it is where I can show the other side of myself and express my emotion, delicacy when dancing and how were a butterfly to fly.
 "Will and Work make the dream a reality.” ‘

Anita Garcia Grosse 

Jane Liddell King - POETRY 

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Cambridge graduate’s Jane Liddell-King’s prize-winning poetry has been published in Britain, Germany and the United States.  In ‘Faces in the Void: Czech Survivors of the Holocaust” she collaborated with photographer, Marion Davies.  The author of three plays and many articles, in 2018, she became the first poet to be “Artist in Residence” at Strathnairn Arts Association, Canberra where she and artist, Nancy Tingey OA mounted a joint exhibition ‘Juxtapositions’. Since then, Jane has been working on poems arising from her visit.