The Royal Ballet
Wayne McGregor, in collaboration with the dancers
Zoviet*France, 'Soft Helion’
Slab 'Freeky Speed'
Soma 'The Inner Cinema'
Original danced by
Christina Arestis, Deborah Bull, Samantha Raine, Tom Sapsford, Jenny Tattersall, Edward Watson, Tom Whitehead
Premiere date and venue
6 June 2000, Clore Studio Upstairs, Royal Opera House, London, UK
"SYMBIONT(S) PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES OF THE ART INTO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY"
Keith Watson, Dance Now Magazine
Performed as part of 'Outside In', an evening of work produced through the Artists' Development Initiative. In the summer of 1999, three members of The Royal Ballet danced with Gill Clarke in the Siobhan Davies/Artangel/Royal Ballet collaboration, 13 Different Keys. Gill subsequently worked alongside Siobhan in the creation of A Stranger's Taste at the Royal Opera House. The dancers' curiosity about her working methods and her movement language provided the initial impetus for 'Outside In'. A series of conversation with Gill, Wayne McGregor and company dancers led to the idea that these two choreographers from 'outside' The Royal Ballet should come 'in' and work with a group of dancers over an extended period of time, turning some of their ideas about movement inside out.
Produced by the Artists Development Initiative at The Royal Opera House.
Images: Bill Cooper / ROH