Scottish Dance Theatre | Dundee

Scottish Dance Theatre | Dundee


choreography: Damien Jalet
original music: Winter Family (Rosenthal/Klaine). Recorded in the German Temple, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
additional rhythms: Gabriele Miracle
set design: Jim Hodges
costume design: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
lighting design: Emma Jones
assistants to choreographer: Meytal Blanaru, Emilios Arapoglou
asistent kostimografa: Léa Capisano
rehearsal director: Naomi Murray

premiere: Dundee Rep, 2015
duration: 55’

dancers: Amy Hollinshead, Francesco Ferrari, Oscar Perez Romero, James Southward, Anne-Charlotte Hubert, Alison Jacques, Astrid Sweeney, Harry Clark, Jessie Roberts-Smith, Kieran Brown

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With set design by renowned American visual artist Jim Hodges, “YAMA” explores the mythology inspired by the pagan and animist rituals practised among the mountains of Tohoku, Japan. Created with the dancers of Scottish Dance Theatre “YAMA” is an awe-inspiring piece that gathers energy as it grows. Jalet has been responsible for some of the most revered productions of the last 10 years, including “Babel” (Laurence Olivier Award, 2011) and work with Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and a radical re-staging of “Bolero” with Marina Abramovic at the Paris Opera. Jalet’s hypnotic choreography and the tangled ensemble of exceptional dancers leaves its tingle and stain under the skin.

Damien Jalet is a French and Belgian freelance choreographer and performer. Since 2000 he’s been working as the closest and most regular collaborator of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, within Les ballets C. de la B., Toneelhuis and Eastman vzw (he danced in “Rien de Rien”, “Foi”, “Tempus Fugit”, “Myth” and “TeZukA”). In 2002, Jalet and Cherkaoui created “d’avant”, produced by Sasha Waltz and guests, and co-signed “Babel” in 2011. In 2013, in collaboration with Cherkaoui and Marina Abramovic, Jalet has created a new version of Ravel's “Bolero” for the Paris Opera Ballet. The costumes were designed by Givenchy's artistic director Riccardo Tisci and the 11 dancer's cast included étoiles Aurélie Dupont, Marie Agnès Gillot and Jérémie Bélingard. He has also worked with renowned choreographers Wim Vandekeybus (“The day of heaven and hell”), Akram Khan (for whom he devised a solo segment in “DESH”) and Erna Ómarsdóttir (“Black Marrow” for Chunky Move). In 2008, Jalet premiered “Three Spells” with dancer Alexandra Gilbert and composer Christian Fennesz at the Tokyo International Arts Festival. In 2013 he directed an important choreographic installation named "les médusés" at the Louvre Museum in Paris, with the participation of more than 30 artists from different disciplines. In 2014, he created “Inked”, a solo performance for dancer and choreographer Aakash Odedra. Jalet has developed a number of collaborations with acclaimed artists in other disciplines: visual artists Antony Gormley and Jim Hodges, theatre director Arthur Nauzyciel, musicians Lady and Bird (opera “Red Waters”), Florence + The Machine and Editors. He also regularly works with photograph Nick Knight, fashion designers Bernhard Willhelm and Hussein Chalayan, philosopher Giorgio Agemben and musician Stefano Scodanibio

Scottish Dance Theatre is Scotland’s national contemporary dance company and is part of Dundee Rep Theatre. Under the direction of Fleur Darkin, the company is committed to producing excellent and daring work that is led by the power of the dancing body. Scottish Dance Theatre commissions the most exciting choreographers from all over the world, to make bold new works on the committed team of outstanding dancers. The company collaborates with outstanding artists in the fields of music, design and the visual arts, to produce dance of the highest quality. The company tours throughout Scotland and nationally across a range of venues – from Edinburgh Festival Theatre to Mull Theatre. The company has an increasing international reputation; recent tours include USA, China, India and many European countries.

Visually captivating.
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Profound, powerful and hugely demanding.
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Mesmerising brilliance!
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There is dance and there is Scottish Dance Theatre.
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A little bit fetish, a little bit fashion, a little bit bonkers...
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Yama is both visceral and challenging, mesmerizing and terrifying.
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