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Dane Hurst presents: Animalis

30 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
Award-winning dancers to bring old master works to life in dramatic new intervention

Renowned choreographer, Dane Hurst, has worked with a diverse team of award-winning dancers and designers, to bring powerful theatre to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s new exhibition Ribera: Art of Violence (26 September 2018 – 27 January 2019).

Entitled ‘Animalis’ (the Latin word for breath or soul), Hurst’s performances will respond to the shocking and sensational work by the Spanish Baroque artist, Jusepe de Ribera. Taking place in the intimate setting of the Gallery’s mausoleum, a trio of dancers will give form to the emotional tensions, psychological resonances and physical impulses captured on the artist’s 17th-century canvases, resulting in a powerful interpretation of human suffering. Visitors can see the performance as part of their ticket on Sundays throughout the exhibition’s run.

Hurst will also work with a group of young people from Southwark, aged 14 -25, to connect with the themes in the show in their own ways. They will choreograph the November dates as well as a special performance at the Ribera Late ‘Under the Skin’ on 23 November.

Dane Hurst, said:

“It’s been an interesting and complex challenge to create a contemporary dance performance in response to images that are nearly 300 years old. I’m very much moved and intrigued by the timing and urgency of this exhibition in relation to what it is that we’re experiencing in society today. Whilst Ribera may be an old master, his works connect to a deep, dark power that is as present and prevalent today as it was back then. I hope that visitors who see the work will get a sense of this power and find the beauty in its complexity”

Jennifer Scott, The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, said:

“I am thrilled to welcome Dane Hurst back to Dulwich to create an unforgettable experience for our visitors, drawing inspiration from the dramatic theme of our Ribera exhibition. ‘Animalis’ interprets the intensity behind Ribera’s artworks, forging a link between the past and present, and adding another dimension to the extraordinary works of the great Spanish master. It is not to be missed!”

Animalis follows Hurst’s previous sold-out performances at the Gallery: the critically acclaimed Prud’hon: The Moving Body (2015) and Exodus (2016).

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Listings info:

Sundays from 30 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
Location: Mausoleum
Included with Ribera: Art of Violence Sunday ticket
Performances are on the hour from 10:30am (last performance 4:30pm) and last
15 minutes
Spaces are on a first come first served basis

Ribera: Art of Violence
26 September 2018 - 27 January 2019
£16.50 adults; £15.50 senior citizens; £8 concessions
Free for under 18s and Friends

The Creative Team:

Dane Hurst, Director / Choreographer

Dane Hurst is a South African born, London based Dancer, Choreographer and Creative Director. He won the Critics Circle, Best Male Dancer of the Year Award in 2014 and received the Spotlight, Best Emerging Dancer of the Year Award in 2007. Since 2004 Dane has performed nationally and internationally with the Rambert Dance Company, National Dance Company of Wales, Phoenix Dance Theatre and Company Wayne McGregor. As a choreographer Dane has received commissions from The Place Prize, Stuttgart International Solo Dance Theatre Competition, Barbican, RichMix, Wilton’s Music Hall, Dulwich Picture Gallery and since 2007 has regularly choreographed for Rambert’s evening of New Choreography.

Emma Watson, Dancer

Emma is a British dancer based in London. She trained for two years at London Contemporary Dance School, before leaving midway through her third year to join Jasmin Vardimon Company in 2016. During her time in the company she performed Tanhausser at the Royal Opera House and Pinnochio, which toured throughout Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017. She then joined Michael Keegan Dolan in August 2017 for a period of Research and Development for a new creation in 2019. She is now working with Hofesh Shechter Company, touring
SHOW internationally with Shechter II.

Isabel Alvarez, Dancer

Isabel Álvarez born in Valencia, Spain, in 1992, began her studies in Classical Dance at the Professional School Mari Cruz Alcalá. After graduating she joined the Ballet Classico de Valencia under the artistic direction of Clara Barbera. In 2011 she met the Dancer and Choreographer Ana Lujan with whom she trained in Contemporary Dance for three years. Over that period she joined Gerard Collins Company performing works by Ivan Perez and Gustavo Ramirez and toured with Company Cienfuegos Danza as a soloist on the production ‘Odeim’. In March 2014 she became a member of EDge Dance Company at The Place.

Tania Dimbelolo, Dancer

Tania Dimelolo began her training at age 14 on the CAT Scheme (Centre of Advanced Training) at Swindon Dance before commencing at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance to attain her Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has toured with Mckim’s company ‘Moving Visions Dance Theatre’ after her first year as part of ‘The Cathedral Dance Research Project’. Tania has worked with Dane Hurst and composer, Shirley Thompson for the 2015 & 2017 ‘Tete a Tete Opera Festival’ at The Place Theatre. In her final year Tania appeared in the 2017 ‘BBC Young Dancer’, performing a duet in collaboration with Jacob Lang for the Contemporary Category Finals at The Lowry Theatre. She also starred with Sam Coren in the international UBER advertisement ‘Effortless Night’, directed by Kim Gehrig with Movement Direction by Steven Hoggett and Christopher Akrill.

Ana Inés Jabares Pita, Costume and Set Designer

Ana Inés Jabares-Pita is a stage designer. Her work crosses a range of genres: opera, dance, theatre, installation, concerts and film. Some of her most recent work includes: Charlie Sonata (The Royal Lyceum), Daphne Oram and the Wonderful World of Sound (Blood of the Young, Tron Theatre), Wish List (Best Studio Production in Manchester Awards, Royal Exchange and Royal Court), George and the Marvellous Medicine (Dundee Rep) and LeLa & Co (Royal Court Theatre). Her work has received multiple awards and nominations including Overall Winner of Linbury Prize for Stage Design 2013 for her design proposal of The Driver’s Seat for the NTS. She became part of The Gate Theatre’s Jerwood Young Designers in 2014, for her work Idomeneus which was selected by the V&A in London to become part of their archive.

Nikki Forova, Music

Nikki Forova is an indie singer songwriter known for her piano-driven songwriting with philosophical lyrics and cinematic productions, combining pop and alternative genres into emotional and soul stirring sound. After her MTV appearance singing a duet with Vanessa Carlton, of a hit song “A Thousand Miles” Nikki released her debut album “Revving Wings” in 2010 a sound-rich production thriving on Nikki’s arrangements of live strings and ethnic instruments, alongside of piano, electric guitars, drums and bass. Immediately after the release Nikki went on two year tour in Europe and West of USA. Her second album “White Dandelions” was released in 2015. As a composer Nikki (aka Anastasia Nikiforova) wrote music for Warner Brothers - famous Looney Tunes Racing Game, several short films, and recently has written music for Commercials that aired on Swiss National TV.


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