STONES showcases classical contemporary dance at its best.
Be enchanted by a towering mythical character dressed in elaborate
medieval costume, giggle at the faces of gargoyles, and be
bowled over by the sheer technical prowess of the performers.
This exquisite and
colourful new dance piece, performed by an international
cast of four dancers, is set to the sensual Mozart Clarinet
Quintet played by members of the Cornish Sinfonia.
Cutting edge yet accessible; a thought-provoking
piece with a constantly increasing trance-like pace. Under the highly
technical, dynamic and challenging movement vocabulary lies a collage
of interlocking traces of relationships, offering lyrical images
of tenderness alternating with violent disruptions.
Just as welding in a figurative sense means to
form a harmonious or effective whole and literally it means to unite
by softening, I have tried to find a choreographic system in
the piece to put aggregates of relationships together.
The piece allows space for the audience to contribute
their own individual thoughts to movements and structure, in parts
influenced by the Organum style of Perotin's medieval music - which
also inspired many minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. This
lyrical piece offers steady direction which underlies a kaleidoscope
of shifting textures.
Music: Downland, Perotin,
Michael Gordon, Gavin Bryers, David Lang
Social Disease is a slick and stylish piece of
work based around the paradox of self image, self loathing and becoming
a super star. The piece dives head first into some of Warhol's most
personal works including the hard hitting and darkly provocative
collection: The Disaster Paintings. Set to a glamour-rock soundtrack
by The Velvet Underground, a company of 4 women step out of 'Andy's
wardrobe, to present a series of shocking and painfully truthful
Up and Down People >DOWNLOAD
FILM Directed by Tom Roden
(New Art Club)
Devised and written by Tom Roden and the dancers.
Artistic Advisors: Pete Shenton
(New Art Club) and Anna Williams
The Up and Down People is a sad and funny dance
piece for an open space. It uses text and movement to tell the
stories of people who are impossibly up, people who are impossibly
down and people who are somewhere in between. A woman in a shopping
centre, a woman sitting in a tree, The Up and Down People asks
its audience to look at very specific things at very specific
times and is something of a response to people that say "cheer
up, it might never happen".
Lines is a collection of thoughts and ideas abstracted from vintage
photographs, personal encounters and verse
trash, Long arms, funny legs - entertain
Provocatively talkative, Art School drop out....’
[Yes i do by chicks on Speed]
Gary Clarke explores the work of Yorkshire Artist David Hockney
and how his personal experiences have shaped his work. The piece
looks at the ways in which Hockney’s work differed and changed
daily with a constant shift in mood, texture, and form from still
life to the abstract.
Originally created in and around the sculptures at Leeds City Art
Gallery, ‘10 Short Dances’ was choreographed as part
of a multi media project with Batley School of Art & Design,
Leeds Art College and local artists.
Double Take Tour
(2003) Rachel Wesson
Soleil captures individual aspirations through emotive physical
movement, encompassing all that is beautiful?
Like soothing waves, Soleil teased away the aches and pains' (Rachel
Back (2003) - Emma Clayton & Edward Johnson
This beautiful duet is inspired by Edward Allington's Garden Sculpture
(1951) of a classical figure anachronistically enclosed within a
cubist cocoon. With only spy holes to look out and to look in .........glances
are passed and ignored.
behind the bookshelf (2000) Tracy Witney (originally created at
A lighthearted look into the lives of three characters whose paths
cross during their adventure into a bookstore. The three dancers
fly across the furniture with acrobatic flair and finesse! Who will
win the game?
Leeds City Art Gallery Residencies
back......and the elastic surrounds (2002) Kate Mason
A site specific piece created at Leeds City Art Gallery
shapes (2000) Emma Clayton
Throwing Shapes was originally created and performed
at Leeds City Art Gallery, drawing large audiences from across the
region. In this piece the audience become an important part of the
performance environment. Visitors are led through the gallery rooms,
and watch the dancers reflect the art, become characters looking
at art and even become the art itself!