Beheld by Alexander Whitley, Photography by Hugo Glendinning 2015
Sadler’s Wells New Wave Artist, Alexander Whitley creates visually striking dance pieces, which incorporate sinuous and expressive movement articulations. Beheld, his new work for Candoco Dance Company, features powerful duets and breath-taking ensemble dancing with huge swathes of fabric and is set to a mesmerising score by German composer Nils Frahm, reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt. Performed by Candoco’s company dancers for the first time in October 2015, it’s a resonant and emotive piece that should not be missed.
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Candoco Artistic Co-Director Stine Nilsen says:
Alexander’s work is absorbing and elegant, pushing the dancers’ movement skills into new areas wanting to evoke a visceral connection with the audience.
The press on Alexander Whitley:
Brilliantly, unstable choreography
The Evening Standard
The challenge of producing something that stimulates both the head and the heart is one that Whitley takes seriously
Go behind the scenes and into the rehearsal room with Alexander Whitley and Candoco Dance Company…
Concept, Choreography & Direction: Alexander Whitley
Lighting Design: Jackie Shemesh
Set and Costume Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume Realisation: Sasha Keir
Set Realisation: Jessica Dixon and Amanda Burrow
Music: Nils Frahm, reworked by Rutger Zuydervelt
Thanks: Mihika Agnihotri, Nils Frahm, Sylvie Launay, Harriet Moss, Harriet Wybor and to all Candoco Dance Company International Lab 2015 participants
Running Time: 25 minutes
Suitability: All ages
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and supported by The Idlewild Trust
_Candoco Dance Company and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance are working in partnership to achieve improved progression routes and greater access for disabled people into the dance profession, and to advocate for the importance of inclusive practice in enhancing creative endeavour._
Alexander Whitley biography:
Alexander Whitley is a choreographer living and working in London. He has created work for several of the UK's leading companies including the Royal Ballet, Rambert, Balletboyz and Birmingham Royal Ballet. He is a New Wave Associate artist at Sadler's Wells theatre, an associate artist at DanceEast and his company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, is an associate of Rambert.
In 2014, Alexander launched the Alexander Whitley Dance Company, which with its first two productions, The Measures Taken and The Grit in the Oyster, enjoyed sell out performances at the Royal Opera House and Sadler's Wells as well as being nominated for a Critics' Circle Award.
Alexander has been twice nominated for Outstanding Performance in the Critics' Circle National Dance Awards. For his choreographic work he was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation Fellowship and was nominated as a Breakthrough Artist in the 2014 Sky Arts Southbank Awards.
Read more about Alexander’s work here.