AMALA DIANOR / JACOBSSON & CALEY / MERCE CUNNINGHAM
DU: THE FUTURE BURSTS IN*
“One of the goals of Dance Umbrella festival is to introduce artists new to London. And in the French choreographer Amala Dianor it struck gold.”
★★★★ The Times
This galvanising triple bill celebrates four choreographers known for pushing their own frontiers of contemporary dance.
Somewhere in the middle of infinity, a radiant trio by Senegal-born Amala Dianor, reveals serene yet powerful encounters derived from a 21st-century meeting of African, hip-hop and contemporary styles.
The second half of the programme features CCN-Ballet de Lorraine in tribute to the Cunningham Centennial. Jacobsson and Caley present a reimagined piece based on a once-lost 1944 work, Four Walls. Retaining John Cage’s piano score, For Four Walls features 24 dancers performing new choreography inside a mirrored space. The programme concludes with the unpredictability and riotous dynamism of Cunningham’s 1975 classic, Sounddance.
* “The future bursts in” The Observer 1964, on Cunningham’s first London performances
A Dance Umbrella production in partnership with the Royal Opera House
Amala Dianor is supported by the Institut français as part of FranceDance UK
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SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF INFINITY
Choreographer Amala Dianor
Assistant Choreographer Rindra Rasoaveloson
Music Awir Leon
Production Amala Dianor Company / Kaplan
Performers Amala Dianor, Ladji Koné, Pansun Kim
FOR FOUR WALLS
Choreography Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Music John Cage
Pianist Vanessa Wagner
Sets Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
Costumes Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley with Martine Augsbourger and Annabelle Saintier
Lighting Designer Eric Wurtz
Choreography Merce Cunningham
Music David Tudor’s Untitled 1975/1994 (The original music was David Tudor’s Toneburst. When the piece was revived in 1994, Tudor rethought the music, calling his new score Untitled 1975/1994)
Sets, costumes and lighting Mark Lancaster
Staged by Thomas Caley and Meg Harper
Rehearsal Director Thomas Caley
A Dance Umbrella production in partnership with The Royal Ballet
Amala Dianor is supported by the Institut Français as part of FranceDance UK
FranceDance UK, presented by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, is aunique contemporary dance festival running from August to November 2019, during which 16 leading institutions throughout the UK will host over 50 performances by 14 young and promising French artists. With a focus on creation and innovation, the festival particularly highlights diversity and the work of women choreographers, many of whom are present in the UK for the first time.
FranceDance UK is supported by the Friends of the French Institute Trust, with particular acknowledgement to Aline Foriel-Destezet and Stéphanie and Jacques Gabillon.