The Rodin Project
Thu 19 & Fri 20 April | 20.30-22.00 hrs | Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
(aftertalk on the 20th of April)
Tickets for the 19th of April are available at Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.
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Artikel TANZ april 2012.pdf
Russell Maliphant (1961 Ottawa, Canada) presents his new dance piece, The Rodin Project. After the triumph of his Olivier Award-nominated and Critics’ Circle National Dance Award-winning AfterLight, this new production is inspired by the works of the great French sculptor, Auguste Rodin.
Maliphant has collaborated with a group of extraordinary performers, using a movement vocabulary influenced by the dance forms of popping, breaking and contemporary dance, integrated through Maliphant's language of flow, form and dynamics.
The Rodin Project is performed to a newly commissioned score by Russian composer Alexander Zekke and made in collaboration with lighting designer Michael Hulls, set designers Es Devlin and Bronia Housman and costume designer Stevie Stewart.
Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He performed with DV8 Physical Theatre, Michael Clark, Rosemary Butcher and Laurie Booth – with whom he was awarded the Time Out Live award (1991) for ‘raising improvisational dance to new heights’. Between 1991 and 1994 he studied anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and qualified as a practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration (or Rolfing®) in 1994. These studies inform both his teaching and choreographic work, as have a diverse range of body practices and techniques including classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira and chi gung. Since 1994 he has collaborated closely with lighting designer Michael Hulls, evolving a language where movement and light are intimately connected, creating a meeting point that becomes a new language in itself. He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996.
In 2002 he received the Time Out Live award for outstanding collaboration for his work, Sheer, and in 2003 a South Bank Show dance award for Choice. Next came Broken Fall for Sylvie Guillem and the BalletBoyz, which premiered at the Royal Opera House and received an Olivier award for best new dance production. It was later restaged in 2004 as part of the programme, Rise and Fall, featuring three Maliphant works, and received the Critics’ Circle award for best modern choreography. Rise and Fall toured for two years and in 2005 Sylvie invited Russell to create an evening of work which he would dance with her – the result was PUSH, which premiered at Sadler’s Wells and received a South Bank Show and Olivier award in 2006. PUSH was followed by two artistically diverse collaborations: Cast No Shadow with visual artist Isaac Julien and Eonnagata, created and performed with Sylvie Guillem and theatre director, Robert Lepage. In 2009 Russell created part one of AfterLight, a solo inspired by Vaslav Nijinsky, which received the Critics’ Circle award for best modern choreography in 2010 and was nominated for an Olivier award. AfterLight parts two and three followed and the work is touring as a full evening together with part one. Russell has been an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells since 2005 and in 2011 was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Plymouth University.
INTERVIEWS and REVIEWS
Tommy Franzén started his dance training in Sweden, where he is originally from. Tommy began working professionally aged 14 in the musical, Joseph. He stayed in Sweden until the age of 19 before getting a scholarship for a three-year performing arts diploma at the Urdang Academy in London. He is probably best-known as the runner-up of BBC One’s So You Think You Can Dance (2010) but has also appeared in Mamma Mia! The Movie, the Pepsi Max advert Can Fu and the Handover Ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics (2008). After working professionally as a performing artist for 16 years, Tommy has recently moved into choreography, most recently choreographing for ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop and performing the role of Simeon Sun. Tommy also choreographed the music video and live performances of Cher Lloyd’s UK number one single, Swagger Jagger. In 2011 he was nominated by the Critics’ Circle for best male performance (modern) for his efforts in Goldberg at the Royal Opera House and Blaze (in which he also choreographed) at the Peacock Theatre.
Thomasin Gülgeç, born in Oxford, Thomasin trained at Swindon Dance and the Rambert School before joining Rambert Dance Company in 2003. With Rambert he worked with choreographers such as Wayne McGregor, Christopher Bruce and Itzik Galili. He created roles in Fin Walker's Reflection, Javier De Frutos's Elsa Canasta, Kim Brandstrup's Songs of a Wayfarer, Darshan Singh Bhuller's Stand and Stare, Doug Verone's Scribblings and Aletta Collins' Awakenings. He won the Critics’ Circle award for outstanding male dancer (modern) in 2010 for his role in Christopher Bruce's Hush. In 2011 he worked with film director Joe Wright and choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkoui on the forthcoming movie, Anna Karenina. He also achieved first Dan Black belt in shotokan karate and practises capoeira.
Dickson Mbi started dancing in 2005, his main styles being popping and boogaloo. He has won several completions in the UK and Europe, and participated in many commercial works. After meeting contemporary dance teacher Stuart Thomas in 2008, he sought further training and undertook a foundation and access course in dance at Lewisham College before going on to train at London Contemporary Dance School. He was studying at the school when Russell Maliphant saw Dickson dancing at Sadler’s Wells in Breakin’ Convention 2011 and asked Dickson to join him for The Rodin Project.
Ella Mesma learnt salsa and samba in Leeds before training in Brazil, New York (Lisa Ullman scholarship) and Cuba. She has performed with artists including Sami (Salsa) Rodrigues, Richard Marcel, Iris De Brito, Circo Picolino, Escola de Samba Alegria de Zona Sul and Waldemar Cabral. She established Element Dance company which explores the development of urban Latin styles and fusion, and won the European Salsa Champions 2007 in the urban category. She began breaking with B-Boys Attic (Birmingham) and has since trained with Full Circle (NYC), Kali crew and Soul Superior (London). Ella apprenticed with M and Em Dance Company in Leeds before moving to London to train in contemporary dance. She attended Laban for a year before studying for her diploma at The Place. She then took the lead role in a hip hop production of Romeo and Juliet and has worked for Uchenna Dance Company, Bricolage Dance Movement, Jonzi D and Jasmin Vardimon (Breakin’ Convention), and Upswing Circus. In 2011 Ella received Arts Council funding to create Evol, a piece exploring the concept of rape within relationships, which was developed as part of The Surgery and performed at Breakin’ Convention 2011. Ella joined Russell Maliphant Company in September 2011.
Carys Staton trained at the Centre of Advanced Training at Swindon Dance where she performed works by Luca Silivestrini, Kenneth Tharp and Henri Oguike’s Fish Tales at Sadler’s Wells. She continued at the Rambert School where she graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree. During her training, Carys performed works by Mark Baldwin and Kerry Nicholls and also performed a self-choreographed solo at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, and the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House. In her final year, Carys was invited to tour nationally with Rambert Dance Company performing Itzik Galili’s A Linha Curva. She joined Russell Maliphant Company in 2011. Carys will feature in the Stella McCartney for Adidas London 2012 Olympic fashion campaign.
Jennifer White trained at the Rambert School. After graduating in 2005, she worked with Juan Carlos Garcia, Itzik Galili, Stephen Petronio and Stephen Shropshire at Diversions Dance Company. In 2006 she was nominated for the emerging young dancer award by the Critics’ Circle and featured in The Observer Review’s 2007 hot list. In 2008 she joined Hofesh Shechter Company, performing Cult and In Your Rooms. Since then she has been working freelance, with credits including Kylie Minogue and Cheryl Cole, and most recently choreographing and dancing solo for Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. In 2010 she joined the cast of The Hurly Burly Show at the Leicester Square and Garrick Theatres. Since then she has worked with Fin Walker on David McVicer’s Aida at the Royal Opera House and danced with Kylie Minogue on her Aphrodite promotional tour. In June 2011 she choreographed for Tom Vek’s Aroused music video, and choreographed and performed with Basement Jaxx and Metropole Orkest at the Barbican. Recently, Jennifer worked on the film, Anna Karenina, with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. She joined the Russell Maliphant Company in September 2011