Work No. 1020 Ballet
“Work No.1020 is Martin Creed’s first venture into dance. Clear and unequivocal in his approach to what he wanted to create, it has been a genuine pleasure to produce this work with him, and help him extend his vision into the realm of movement and the body.” Emma Gladstone, Sadler’s Wells Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed’s Ballet Work No. 1020 is a new work co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and Frieze Music. This is the first time that Creed has choreographed a piece for classically trained dancers and features live music.
Using video and music composed by Creed and played by his band, Ballet Work No. 1020 is performed by five dancers who are restricted to only using the five core classical ballet positions, each of which are ascribed a musical note.
By limiting the dancers to the five positions, Creed establishes a tight framework in which to examine the changing effects of time, speed and direction.
“Work No 1020, like a lot of Creed’s art, sets up a beguiling collision between system and spontaneity, a dismantling of seriousness” THE GUARDIAN
“****This is the best work of Creed's Edinburgh Festival, allowing him to showcase his ramshackle persona with experimental game-play, and also their precision of the dancer's movements with their living, breathing humanity” THE INDEPENDENT
Martin Creed is known for his pared-down works; often the result of a rigorously conceived formula or structure within which the work can move and interact with those witnessing it. His Work No. 850 in 2008 at Tate Britain used athletes running at top speed through the gallery every 30 seconds, all day, for four months. In 2001, he won the Turner Prize for The Lights Going On and Off (Work No. 227). In 2007, Creed showed a composition for an 18-piece orchestra, which sat in a single line according to each instrument’s pitch, at Hauser & Wirth Coppermill in London. Playing simple chords, waves of sound travelled through the line, creating a minimal yet strong sight and sound.
Creed has exhibited his work extensively worldwide and his musical compositions and performances have often featured in or run parallel to his visual works. In 1994 he formed a band with whom he performs regularly. He has toured his theatrical production, Variety Show in London, Edinburgh, New Zealand and the USA. Creed was born in Wakefield, England, in 1968, and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. He lives and works in London and Alicudi, Italy.
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