Caravaggio: Exile and Death takes the audience on a journey of a man’s search for forgiveness and redemption after a life fascinated with youth and sexuality, violence, solitude and love. Scarred by imprisonment and the Catholic Church’s dismissal of his works, Caravaggio lived a painful and dramatic life. Combining highly physical choreography with stunning projections and a beautiful soundtrack, Darshan has created a show that tells the tempestuous story of Caravaggio’s life and art.
“He’s been here before, and thank God for that. Brave, heartfelt and far from subtle, he takes on some of the most difficult and divisive ills in our society and turns them into vivid agit-pop art.” The Times, 2007
“Bhuller's approach is sufficiently oblique and inventive as to make what you feel about the violence greater than what he actually shows.” The Independent, 2003
Director and Choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller
Darshan Singh Bhuller was a longstanding member of the world-renowned London Contemporary Dance Theatre (LCDT) from 1979 to 1994, first as a dancer, then rehearsal director, choreographer and teacher. He also danced as a member of Siobhan Davies Dance Company in 1991 and was Assistant to the Director of Richard Alston Dance Company from 1994 to 1996.
Darshan has created and directed works for international companies including LCDT, Rambert Dance Company, Scottish Dance Theatre, CandoCo, Nordic Dance Theatre, CeDeCe, Zero Culture and for Companhia de Bailado Contemporaneo (Portugal). Schools for which he has created work include Northern School of Contemporary Dance, London School of Contemporary Dance, Danshögskolan in Sweden, English National Ballet School, London Studio Centre & Millennium Dance, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance and New World School of the Arts, Miami USA.
Darshan was appointed Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre in February 2002. During his four years with Phoenix, he revitalised the reputation of the company on the national and international stage, earning Company Prize for Outstanding Repertoire (Modern) in the 2006 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. After a successful US tour in May 2006, he stepped down as Artistic Director, returning to freelance teaching and directing in the UK and USA.
Darshan has directed numerous dance and music videos since 1985, including The Fall (nominated for BFI innovation award), Harmonica Breakdown for BBC2 and What About Sky (MTV, ITV Chart Show). In 2004, he completed the biographical film, Robert Cohan: Another Place, comprising in depth interviews and unparalleled access to archive material. Darshan was awarded a grant from the Dancer’s Career Development Fund to study at the Metropolitan Film School in 2007.
Collaborations with other artists, choreographers, musicians and filmmakers spanning his 30 years in theatre include working alongside director Micha Bergese to choreograph and direct the Opening Ceremony for the Millennium Dome. As Assistant Director and Choreographer for Shaolin Wheel of Life, an international production with the masters of Kung Fu, Darshan had the honour to meet and work with the Abbot and the Zen Buddhist Monks of the ancient Shaolin Temple of China.
Darshan was choreographer for the opening section of the immensely popular Bollywood Awards in Yorkshire IIFA 2007, and also collaborated with singer-songwriter John Martyn in 1993 in LCDT's Fall Like Rain.
Jocelyn Pook, who worked with Stanley Kubrick on Eyes Wide Shut, composed the music for Darshan's 2003 Requiem, a poignant narrative about a missing child. Barrington Pheloung, who composed music for Inspector Morse, worked with Darshan on the music for Shaolin Wheel of Life in 1999. Graham Dean, a successful painter and friend, collaborated with Darshan on films such as Breaking The Surface (1985). Music from composer Barry Guy often crops up in Darshan's work, notably in Breaking the Surface, and most recently Exile and Death.
2009 and 2010 were busy years of guest teaching at Rambert School and The Place (London), New World School of the Arts (Miami) and Terence Lewis Contemporary Dance Company (Mumbai), while creating new works for NWSA and Florida State University.
His latest films, Jayne Lee's Dance Down River and a documentary on works by Richard Alston were both launched in the autumn of 2009.
Darshan continues to teach and choreograph on a freelance basis for many schools and companies internationally. His recent work, The Virgin Queen, for NWSA in Miami was chosen for Florida’s Rising Stars showcase performance in 2011.
Lighting DesignJohn B Read
John B Read was consultant lighting designer to the Royal Opera, the Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet from 1992 to 2005. He is largely responsible for establishing lighting as an integral part of dance presentation.
He has worked with many major choreographers on productions worldwide. Notable collaborations have been with Sir Frederick Ashton, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Anthony Tudor, Glen Tetley, Jerome Robbins, Rudolf Nureyev, Anthony Dowell, David Bintley, Natalia Makarova, Ronald Hynde, Christopher Bruce, Wayne Eagling, Ulysses Dove and Ashley Page. Works for the Royal Ballet companies include Swan Lake, Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, Mayerling, Anastasia, Frankenstein, La Bayadère and The Prince Of The Pagodas. John B. Read works regularly with ballet companies throughout Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East.
In the area of contemporary dance, John B Read has lit many frequently revived productions for Rambert, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, London City Ballet, English National/London Festival and Scottish Ballet. John B. Read also designs regularly for opera and theatre.
Costume Design Craig Givens
Craig Givens has designed for dance companies in Britain, Europe and the USA including the Royal Ballet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Arc Dance Company, Second Stride, the Royal Danish Ballet and the Jonathan Burrows Group. He designed the costumes for Steve Koplowitz’s Genesis Canyon and the Natural History Museum, which won a Time Out Award, and for Babel Index at the new British Library. For Scottish Dance Theatre he designed Janice Garrett’s Plunge. Work with choreographer Kim Brandstrup includes the award-winning Orpheo and Othello, Peer Gynt, Saints and Shadows, Crime Fictions, The Return of Don Juan, Elegy, Brothers and Hamlet for Arc and The Sleeping Beauty for the Royal New Zealand Ballet. He designed Orfeo for LCDT, which won and Olivier Award and Othello for Arc which won an Evening Standard Award and was himself the recipient of a London Dance and Performance Award for his designs for dance. His most recent designs were costumes for Darshan Singh Bhuller’s Stand and Stare for Rambert Dance Company.
Graphics KMA - KIT MONKMAN & TOM WEXLER
KMA is a collaboration between UK media artists Kit Monkman and Tom Wexler. Their work is primarily focussed on illuminating, encouraging, and developing, interactions between people in public spaces using projected light.
Uniquely in the history of creative urban lighting, KMA choose to prioritise the illumination of people and their relationships over the lighting of buildings and edifices. Rejecting the historical notion of the citizen as a passive spectator, KMA’s work celebrates the dynamics of human movement rather than the facets of historic buildings.
Kit and Tom have also collaborated with other prominent artists on a wide range of projects in theatre, tv, film and academia, including Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai, Tate Britain, Top Sapsford, Darshan Singh Bhuller, DV8 to mention but a few. KMA’s full range of work is best viewed online at www.kma.co.uk
Music Barry Guy
Barry Guy is an innovative double bass player and composer whose creative diversity in the fields of jazz improvisation, solo recitals, chamber and orchestral performance is the outcome both of an unusually varied training and a zest for experimentation, underpinned by a dedication to the double bass and the ideal of musical communication.
Between the early seventies and the mid-nineties Barry Guy held principal bass position in various orchestras including the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, City of London Sinfonia, Monteverdi Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music, Kent Opera and the London Classical Players. During these years he was also active in the European Improvised Scene.
He is founder and Artistic Director of the London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra for which he has written several extended works with recordings of the following: Ode (Incus 1972 and re-released on Intakt 1996), Stringer (FMP 1980), Polyhymnia on ZURICH CONCERTS (Intakt 1988), Harmos (Intakt 1989), Double Trouble (Intakt 1990), Theoria (Intakt 1992) with the Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer as soloist, Portraits (Intakt 1994) and Three Pieces for Orchestra (Intakt 1997).
His concert works have been widely performed and his skillful and inventive writing has resulted in an exception series of compositions: Flagwalk (1983), The Eye of Silence (1988), Look Up! (1990), After the Rain (1992), Bird Gong Game (1992), Falling Water (1996), Redshift (1998), Remembered Earth (1999), Nasca Lines (2001), Inachis (2002), Folio (2002) and Anaklasis (2003).
Look Up! was honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber-Scale Composition 1991-92. Guy’s compositions usually reflect a personal liaison with musicians and ensembles he writes for. As such, the commissions arrive from chamber orchestras, chamber groups and soloists interested in contemporary music performance with a special commitment to communicate with the audience. Guy’s works, therefore, have a sense of freshness without recourse to ideological excesses or scores that baffle players to the extent that performing becomes a trial.
The scores, however, are virtuosic and often present innovative sonorities and extended instrumental techniques and as a performer himself he is ideally placed to assess these possibilities.
Barry Guy continues to give solo recitals throughout Europe as well as continuing associations with colleagues involved in improvised, baroque and contemporary music. His current regular ensembles are the Homburger/Guy duo, the Parker/Guy duo, piano trios with Marilyn Crispell and Paul Lytton, Jaques Demierre and Lucas Niggli and a recently formed trio with Agusti Fernandez and Ramon Lopez. He continues the longstanding trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton as well as projects with Mats Gustafsson.
The Barry Guy New Orchestra (BGNO), formed in 2000, features in festivals as a project ensemble, and Barry Guy as a director/composer is often invited to work with large ensembles using his own extensive library of composed works or to give lectures and workshops on his various graphic scores. BGNO’s first album Inscape-Tableaux was a recipient of the 2001 Choc de L’Anée award in France.
LA BANDA, GORDON JENKINS, JONNY GREENWOOD, BANDA IONICA, MAYA HOMBURGER, PIERRE FAVRE, PULSE PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE, PROPANDI BENEDITTINI DI SAN GIOVANNI IN PARMA
HARRIET BONE, LEE CLAYDEN, NICHOLAS KEEGAN, WEICHUN LUO, LISA WELHAM, CREE BARNETT WILLIAMS, RENAUD WISER
UK TOUR 2011
Wed 28 Sept 8pm
0115 941 9419
Sat 15 Oct 7.30pm
THE CARRIAGEWORKS, LEEDS
0113 224 3801
Thu 27 & Fri 28 Oct 8pm
dancexchange, birmingham hippodrome
0844 338 5000
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