Light and movement: ’Conceal | Reveal’ at Sadler’s Wells

Light and movement: ’Conceal | Reveal’ at Sadler’s Wells

Cutting-edge dance productions are de rigueur at London’s Sadler’s Wells, and this month sees the debut of a new body of work by choreographer Russell Maliphant, one of the theatre’s longest standing Associate Artists.

A celebration of the two-decade-long collaboration between Maliphant and lighting designer Michael Hulls, ’Conceal | Reveal’ pays tribute to the unique language of light and movement that the two artists have developed together over the past 20 years.

For the occasion, Russell Maliphant Company presents some of the most memorable pieces from their repertoire, including the Broken Fall trio from 2003, as well as b o t h, a n d – a new piece created for the Royal Ballet’s Dana Fouras, returning to the stage after a ten-year hiatus. Other original pieces in the show will include a piece on music by conceptual sound artist Mukul and costumes by Stevie Stewart, gracefully played over a dramatic light backdrop by Hulls.

‘Movement and articulation for me have a logic related to flow, gravity, dynamics, line, form, rhythm and space,’ says Maliphant. ‘These elements can be seen not only to relate to the body but also to the shape, form, direction and intensity of light.’ He and Hulls share a strong interest in sculpture and the interactions between light and movement, passions which are visible in their collaborative works. Sadler’s Wells’ director Alistair Spalding feels strongly about this: ‘Russell and Michael share a passion for and dedication to innovative dance and their extraordinary partnership has created some of the most memorable performances in dance over the last 20 years,’ he notes. ‘This is a fitting tribute to their combined vision that has won such acclaim among UK audiences and all over the world.’

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