The Rodin Project

The Rodin Project

Russell Maliphant (UK)

21.5.2012. | 19:30h | HNK
22.5.2012. | 19:30h | HNK

Dancers: Tommy Franzén, Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi, Ella Mesma, Carys Staton, Jenny White
Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls
Composer: Alexander Zekke
Set Designers: Es Devlin and Bronia Housman with Russell Maliphant
Costume Designer: Stevie Stewart
A Sadler’s Wells/Russell Maliphant Production
Co-produced by Théâtre National de Chaillot, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, and The Joyce Theater New York
Supported by Arts Council England

About the show

The Rodin Project is the latest work by choreographer Russell Maliphant produced by Sadler's Wells London. Inspired  by the work of   French sculptor Auguste Rodin this work already follows the success of Maliphant's earlier choreograpy „AfterLight“ which had received a  nomination for the prestigious Olivier Award and was recipient of the Critics' Circle National Dance Award. 

For this work, Maliphant found inspiration in a group of extraordinary performers. He courageously steps into for him new territory in which he combines two dance styles: urban and contemporary dance. The movement here is influenced by the dance forms of popping, breaking and contemporary dance, integrated through Maliphant's language of flow, form and dynamics.

Here to he  collaborates with an exceptional team of authors: Russian composer Alexander Zekke who introduces a music full of long string notes and egzotc eastern hues,, light designer Michael Hulls, and supported by  the set of Es Devlin and Bronia Housman and costume designer Stevie Stewart.

About the author

Russell Maliphant is a British choreographer who trained at the Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. As a performer Maliphant worked with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Michael Clark & Company, Laurie Booth Company and Rosemary Butcher. He has created over 20 pieces to date, collaborating closely with lighting designer Michael Hulls, and has set works on renowned companies and artists including: Lyon Opera Ballet, Ricochet Dance Company, The Batsheva Ensemble and Ballet de Lorraine. He frequently collaborates with star performer dancer Sylvie Guillem most notabley Broken Fall (2003) with her and George Piper Dances was awarded an Olivier Award (2003) as well as the Critic's Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography (Modern) in 2006. He continued to work with Sylvie to create award winnig works Push and Solo (2005), which have toured the word,  in 2009 they collaborated with Canadian Director Robert Lepage on Eonnagata. Russell Maliphant is Associate Artist at Sadler’s Wells. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts by Plymouth University.


About the company

The Russell Maliphant Company was established in 1996 as the framework for Maliphant to initiate productions and to work with his own ensemble of dancers. His work is characterised by a unique approach to flow and energy and an ongoing exploration of the relationship between movement, light and music. For over 17 years, Maliphant has worked closely with pioneering lighting designer Michael Hulls to explore and realise these ideas.

Photographs from the performance 21/5/201 at HNK Zagreb
Photo:Ksenija Španec

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