Russell Maliphant Company
Archive :: production:T936262367, dance or ballet:S1255720881, venue:V342
Critical Mass/Shift/AfterLight (Part One)
The programme includes a coveted live performance from Maliphant himself, and two other works that span his career as one of the leading choreographers of his generation - the recent AfterLight (Part One) performed by award-winning dancer Daniel Proietto, and a film screening of Maliphant’s early duet, Critical Mass. The film Critical Mass is a duet choreographed by Maliphant in 1998 and performed with Jordi Cortés Molina. A mesmerising cross between a wrestling match and a tango, this is a tale of two bodies so close that they seem to be driven by telepathic communication. Played out in three movements, Critical Mass features music by Richard English and Andy Cowton with lighting design by Maliphant’s long-term collaborator, Michael Hulls. Maliphant will then perform his popular solo work Shift created in 1996 in collaboration with Michael Hulls with music by Shirley Thompson. This subtle and hypnotic piece epitomises Maliphant’s exploration of light and movement. The dance is fractured and multiplied into multiple facets by the light, revealing delicate glimpses of radiance and darkness. The final performance of the evening is Maliphant’s recent work, AfterLight (Part One), performed by Daniel Proietto and inspired by the photographs and geometric drawings of Vaslav Nijinsky. Smooth curves and fluid lines are articulated by Proietto as Hull’s lighting opulently flows and ebbs throughout. The piece was originally commissioned as part of In the Spirit of Diaghilev at Sadler’s Wells in 2009 for which Proietto won Dance Europe’s ‘Outstanding Performance of the Year’ award. This engaging and varied program is a rare opportunity to witness Maliphant’s signature work in an intimate setting.