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Maliphant coming to Newcastle

Published: 30 March 2019
Reporter: Peter Lathan

In May, for the first time, The Russell Maliphant Company is coming to Newcastle’s Dance City where it will perform a new work, Silent Lines, as part of a national tour running from April to October.

Silent Lines draws upon Maliphant’s studies and explorations in dance and anatomy using a unique mix of movement, projection, and lighting. The BTG’s dance specialist Vera Liber, in her review of his The Thread at Sadler’s Wells earlier in March, said of him, “Royal Ballet trained, he has studied tai chi, capoeira, Rolfing and more, and in his youth, he admits, he was taken with Ukrainian folk dancing.”

Working with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and drawing upon his own studies and explorations in dance and anatomy, this new work, which premières on 5 and 6 April at DanceEast, Ipswich, uses a unique mix of movement, a dance language which spans formal classical and improvised contemporary techniques, projection, and lighting.

Silent Lines,” said Maliphant, “investigates a range of poetic possibilities, using the visually rich and resonant connections between internal and external worlds, the microcosm and the macrocosm.

“Drawing on methodologies from a variety of movement disciplines and setting these within a world of animated light, this creation explores the endless web of connections we encompass and embody.”

“Dance City is absolutely thrilled to be welcoming this award-winning company to its theatre this spring,” said Anthony Baker, Joint CEO & Artistic Director of Dance City. “Russell Maliphant's reputation for creating high quality, ground-breaking work precedes him and it's a pleasure to be bringing his latest piece to our audience here in the North East.”

Silent Lines is at Dance City at 7:30 on Saturday 4 May. Tickets are £16.50, £8.00 for students and under-18s and £13.00 concessions.