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What Leviathan – James Wilton Dance 2018
When Thursday 22 March 2018
Where Rhoda McGaw Theatre, The Ambassadors, Peacocks Centre, GU21 6GQ
Dance Woking presents Leviathan by James Wilton Dance
Thursday 22 March 2018 as part of the professional dance series at Rhoda McGaw Theatre
LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.
Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick.
Featuring a cast of 7, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.
LEVIATHAN is man versus nature; be careful what you fish for.
Commissioned by: The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Ocean City Festival, Swindon Dance, The Place, Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian and BBC Performing Arts Fund, with support from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.
About James Wilton: After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009 James founded James Wilton Dance. Since, James’ work has toured to South Korea, China, the USA, Dubai, India, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Malta, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden and Denmark and has also won awards at the Hannover, Bern and Masdanza Choreography competitions, as well as the Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest. James’ most recent work Last Man Standing toured to over 60 venues since its creation in 2014 and has been seen by over 15,000 people. In 2013 James was commissioned to choreograph a work for 50 professional dancers for performance at the opening and semi-final ceremonies of the Rugby League World Cup. The work was seen by over 110,000 people. As well as his works for his own company James has created works for Scottish Dance Theatre, Opera Graz, Ballett Hagen, Tanz Compagnie Giessen, Verve, EDge and many other University performance groups.
What can an audience expect from LEVIATHAN?
Stylistically it will be everything existing audiences of the company can expect plus a lot more. It will be super athletic, martial arts influenced, intelligent, epic and daringly intricate. It will also be more physical and more dramatic than anything we’ve made before. We hope this will result in an exciting and accessible experience for audiences.
Alongside the exploration of the novel the work will also act as a potent statement on the way humans interact with nature and how we are forever at the mercy of forces and events whose power we cannot comprehend. In this, the whale Moby Dick, will be a representation of nature.
Although heavily inspired by the themes of the book, the show will not be a simple re-enactment of the narrative. Movement will communicate Captain Ahab’s ruthless aggression and introverted despair; whilst the abstracted force of Moby Dick will be created through powerful, rolling, tumbling and driving motion.