Supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund
With additional support from Gavin and Kate Gemmel
California’s Helen Pickett – a former dancer for William Forsythe and now Resident Choreographer at Atlanta Ballet – is renowned for energetic yet poetic creations. James Cousins’s contemplative and gripping style has won him the inaugural New Adventures Choreographer Award. Martin Lawrance shares the intense musicality of his mentor Richard Alston and is his talented heir apparent. Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally is an exciting, cutting-edge choreographer for whom the term ‘indie ballet’ could have been coined. Henri Oguike, one of the brightest voices of British contemporary dance, takes on a new commission with Scottish Dance Theatre, promising fierce precision in this world premiere.
The excitement surrounding the collection of five world premiers in one show is enhanced by the eclectic and challenging mix of dance on offer from Scotlands finest choreographers, all available in one place.
Praise for New Voices:
James Cousins, who has been hailed as a future superstar of British dance, in Still It Remains uses "marvellous music, thrillingly arranged, migrating arabesques of Middle European and Middle Eastern melody, twisting, thrusting and flickering in dark currents through the dancers' bodies."
Helen Pickett's challenging, thought provoking The Room brilliantly uses "fiercely declamatory body language" to capture the raw tension of a domestic trouble.
In This Storm is "a turbulent clamour of bells, voices and drums translated into layers of urgently questioning gestures, there's a story defined purely by movement and sound"
Dark Full Ride has been hailed for the sharpness of it's movements, "an elaborating geometry of rhythm and line that effortlessly rides the bucking-bronco percussion of Julia Wolfe's score."
Finally, Kirsten McNally's Foibles cleverly combines snippets of tango, disco and comedy, performed with elán in an informal setting- "a treasure chest of light-hearted jokes"- The Stage
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Performed by Scottish Ballet and Scottish Dance Theatre
Choreographers Helen Pickett, James Cousins,
Martin Lawrance, Kristen McNally, Henri Oguike