Festival 2019

DU: The Future Bursts In Amala Dianor, Jacobsson & Caley, Merce Cunningham

  • Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House
  • 24-26 October 2019

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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

“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.”

Gallery +

  • somewhere in the middle of infinity, Amala Dianor | Photo Valérie Frossard
  • somewhere in the middle of infinity, Amala Dianor | Photo Valérie Frossard
  • For Four Walls | Photo Laurent Philippe
  • For Four Walls | Photo Laurent Philippe
  • Sounddance | Photo Laurent Philippe
  • Sounddance | Photo Laurent Philippe

Creative team and performers +

Somewhere in the middle of infinity

  • Amala Dianor
    Choreographer
  • Rindra Rasoaveloson
    Assistant Choreographer
  • Awir Leon
    Music
  • Amala Dianor Company / Kaplan
    Production
  • Amala Dianor, Ladji Koné, Pansun Kim
    Performers

For Four Walls

  • Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
    Choreography
  • John Cage
    Music
  • Vanessa Wagner
    Pianist
  • Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley
    Sets
  • Petter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley with Martine Augsbourger and Annabelle Saintier
    Costumes
  • Eric Wurtz
    Lighting Designer

Sounddance

  • Merce Cunningham
    Choreography
  • 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)
    Music
  • Mark Lancaster
    Sets, costumes and lighting
  • Thomas Caley and Meg Harper
    Staging
  • Thomas Caley
    Rehearsal Director

Credits +

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.

www.institut-francais.org.uk

FranceDance UK is supported by the Friends of the French Institute Trust, with particular acknowledgement to Aline Foriel-Destezet and Stéphanie and Jacques Gabillon.

Somewhere in the middle of infinity

Co-production: Théâtre Louis Aragon scène conventionnée danse de Tremblay-en-France (93), Centre National de Danse contemporaine d’Angers, POLE-SUD CDCN Strasbourg, Ballet National de Marseille, Le Cargo, La ville d’Angers

With the support of Caisse des dépôts group, the city of Angers and the Région des Pays de La Loire

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