IT IS the final dance event of the current Lawrence Batley Theatre season and one that has much to offer.
The arrival of Scottish Dance Theatre certainly ratchets up the anticipation, this is after all one of the few dance companies in the UK today which consistently commissions, stages, then tours new work from a range of choreographers.
The company was founded 21 years ago and in the last 10, under the tenure of Janet Smith, has commissioned 35 new works. It is a remarkable record by any standards.
Scottish Dance Theatre doesn’t disappoint with the programme for its one-night visit to Huddersfield later this month.
The company performs at the LBT on July 24 and will bring three pieces.
The first is a new work from one of the most talked about choreographers of the moment.
Hofesh Shechter is seen as a rising star.
He was born in Jerusalem and graduated from the Jerusalem Academy for Dance and Music before moving to Tel Aviv to join the world renowned Batsheva Dance Company.
This multi-talented artist began drum and percussion studies whilst in Tel-Aviv and continued later in Paris at the Agostiny College of Rhythm.
Subsequently, he began experimenting and developing his own music while participating in various dance projects in Europe involving dance, theatre and body-percussion.
Little wonder that his gifts are much in demand and that he has created not just dance works but the scores to go with them.
This year, he is working with Dance United to create a new work for six men which will premier at Sadler’s Wells in 2009.
Last summer, he used his skills as a choreographer for the National Theatre’s production of Saint Joan, directed by Marianne Elliot and starring Anne Marie Duff.
And he also created a dance sequence for the opening of the new series of Channel 4’s popular drama, Skins.
Hofesh has been nominated for a South Bank award for dance after selling out shows last year at Sadlers Wells Theatre.
The piece that he brings to the LBT is called Dog, the piece described as exhilarating and fast-paced.
Back working with the company is Liv Lorent whose first piece for them, Luxuria, won over critics and audiences alike.
Her new piece is called tenderhook and describes an epic search for perfect love.
“Sometimes the music is the starting point in so far as it can create the images of dancers in my mind,” she said.
“I always see choreography if I squeeze my eyes shut and listen very hard to the music.
“Rehearsals are frequently conducted with me plugged into headphones and Ezio Bosso’s music has been central to the choreography of tenderhook.
“His music inspires such feeling and movement; it is the sound of sensation and emotion.”
As well as that music by award-winning Italian film composer Bosso, the production will have costumes by Lorent’s long-term collaborator Paul Shriek.
The final piece of the evening’s programme is In The Middle Of The Moment by Uri Ivgian and Johan Greben.
This duet is set in a three-metre square of light to the music of Pari Intervallo (Arvo Part) and Ligatura Y (Gyorgy Kurtag).
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