White Bird Uncaged Brings West Coast Premiere of Russell Maliphant’s “Still Current”
What: Russell Maliphant Company, “Still Current”
A Sadler’s Wells/Russell Maliphant Production
When: Thursday through Saturday, January 22-24, 2015, 8:00pm
Where: Lincoln Hall, College of the Arts, Portland State University
Tickets: Starting at $25, available at whitebird.org. NO added fees.
1-800-380-3516 (added fees apply).
Discounts available for groups/students and seniors.
Sponsored by: Nancy & George Thorn
Media Sponsor: Willamette Week
“Consumes the eye and seduces the senses.” (The Times-London)
The White Bird Uncaged Series is proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Russell Maliphant’s Still Current on January 22-24 at Lincoln Hall, Portland State University. This is an evening of dynamic work by the award-winning Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Russell Maliphant, one of Great Britain’s most prolific and celebrated contemporary choreographers. The evening will showcase Russell Maliphant’s diverse physical language that integrates qualities and vocabulary from ballet, contemporary dance and martial arts. Russell Maliphant has been called “Britain’s leading dance creator” by The Telegraph (UK) and has received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award three times as well an Olivier Award. White Bird audiences experienced Maliphant’s work when BalletBoyz performed his riveting Fallen on November 11-12 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Still Current is comprised of three duets and two solos for four powerful, charismatic dancers, Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi, Carys Staton and guest artist Marlon Dino (principal dancer with Munich’s Bayerisches Staatsballet). The evening’s performance features two new works, Still Current, a duet created for Carys Staton, performing with Marlon Dino, which illustrates Staton’s strength and versatility. Still was choreographed on Dickson Mbi, who stunned audiences with his strength and exceptional popping style in Maliphant’s The Rodin Project and the dance film Erebus. Still Current also includes the critically acclaimed Afterlight (Part One), winner of the Critics Circle National Dance Award for Best Choreography. Performed by Thomasin Gülgeç, this solo showcases his fluid agility and grace. The evening includes two Maliphant classic works, Two, a solo highlighting the energetic elegance and delicate strength of Carys Staton, and Critical Mass, a duet performed by the dynamic Thomasin Gülgeç and Dickson Mbi.
Still Current embraces an eclectic mix of music with compositions from Erik Satie and long time collaborator Andy Cowton and a newly commissioned score by Armand Amar, well known for his film scores. Costume designs are by Stevie Stewart, formerly one half of the influential design label BodyMap. She has worked recently with Michael Clark and Rambert as well as designing costumes for Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears. Lighting animation is by Jan Urbanowski , who created the opening credits for Danny Boyle’s 2013 film Trance. For Still Current Maliphant once again works in collaboration with his long-standing collaborator, lighting designer and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Michael Hulls.
Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. He danced with DV8, Michael Clark, Rosemary Butcher and Laurie Booth – with whom he was awarded a Time Out Live Award for ‘raising improvisational dance to new heights’. From 1991–1994 Maliphant studied anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and qualified as a practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration (or Rolfing) in 1994. These studies inform both his teaching and choreographic work, along with a diverse range of body practices and techniques including classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira and tai chi. Since 1994 he has collaborated closely with lighting designer Michael Hulls, evolving a language where movement and light are intimately connected, and the meeting point becomes a new language in itself. He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 and has also worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, BalletBoyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. In 2002 he received the Time Out Live Award for outstanding collaboration for his work Sheer and in 2003 received a South Bank Show Dance Award for the piece Choice. At the end of that year he created Broken Fall for Sylvie Guillem and BalletBoyz which premiered at the Royal Opera House and received an Olivier Award for best new dance production.
In 2009 Maliphant created part one of Afterlight for In the Spirit of Diaghilev, Sadler’s Wells’ celebration of Les Ballets Russes. This received the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for best modern choreography in 2010 and was also nominated for an Olivier Award. Parts two and three of Afterlight followed and toured as a full evening together with part one. His next company work, The Rodin Project, opened at Theatre National de Chaillot in Paris at the end of January 2012 before touring the UK, Europe and the USA and was adapted for film, in collaboration with the directors Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, re-titled Erebus. In 2013 Maliphant created Fallen for the BalletBoyz, which was awarded the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for best modern choreography, and three pieces for his own company in the new Still Current evening. Russell Maliphant became an Associate Artist of Sadler’s Wells in 2005 and was awarded an honorary doctorate of arts from Plymouth University in 2011.
White Bird’s 2014-15 Uncaged Series is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Ronni Lacroute/ WillaKenzie Estate. White Bird’s 2014-15 season is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Collins Foundation, James F and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation, Work for Art, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), The Autzen Foundation, Trust Management Services, The Jaffe Foundation, The Boeing Company and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition.