Company Wayne McGregor
Sir John Tavener
Mark Hatchard with HotBox
Originally performed by
Southbank Sinfonia, conducted by Paul Goodwin, with Patricia Rozario (soprano), Rufus Müller (tenor) and nine dancers
Premiere date and venue
15 September 2005, Sadler's Wells, London
'EXTRAORDINARY COLLABORATION… TAVENER AND McGREGOR HAVE TAPPED INTO SOMETHING HUGE AND MADE A WORK IMPOSSIBLE TO CATEGORISE.'
In 2005, Amu (of the heart) was Company Wayne McGregor's most ambitious, emotive and provocative collaboration to date.
McGregor questions both the physical functions and symbolic resonances of the human heart, working in collaboration with heart-imaging specialists Dr Philip Kilner and Dr Sonya Babu-Narayan.
'ITS GRIPPING ENCHANTMENT BUILDS LIKE A WHIRLING DERVISH AND SOARS WITH A TRANSCENDENT ECSTASY THAT BLURS THE PASSIONS OF RELIGION AND ROMANCE.'
Sir John Tavener created his first commissioned original score for dance, where the heart is the centre of an inspiring musical dialogue of feeling, devotion and spirituality.
Co-commissioned by Sadler's Wells and The Wellcome Trust.
Supported by Arts Council England, Quercus Trust, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the PRS Foundation.