Choreography: Jacky Lansley
Music: Franz Schubert
(Selected movements from the late piano sonatas)
Clore Studio at The Royal Opera House 2004
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In this new work Holding Space pioneering choreographer Jacky Lansley deepens her dialogue with Franz Schubert's late piano sonatas, a dialogue which began in her previous work Coats and Plays.
She says of her process:
'I am interested in how the delicacy, harmony and grotesque qualities of everyday gestures can be synthesised into something of meaning and eloquence; and to explore how the small and seemingly insignificant is important, particularly against a backdrop of complex global concerns. The formal beauty of Schubert's piano sonatas provides an intriguing emotional world for the work.'
Lansley and her company of exceptional performers were delighted to be joined by principal pianist of the Royal Ballet, Philip Gammon, who performed the selected movements from Schubert's late piano sonatas.
The cast also included Sandra Conley - Guest Principle Character Artist with the Royal Ballet Company, Lucy Tuck, Gareth Farley, Robin Jung, Fergus Early and Tania Tempest-Hay.
'It is a measure of Lansley's experience that this gem coheres so well while preserving its performers' individuality'
'To selected movements from Franz Schubert's late sonatas, beautifully played by Philip Gammon, Jacky Lansley brings a most interesting work to the third stage of the Royal Opera House.'
'one of the most satisfying and professionally realised pieces yet to be premiered at the Clore Studio....exudes a quiet confidence and tender humour'
'it's the pattern, more than the substance, that beguiles, for just as Schubert's music holds the silence between its notes, so the choreography holds the spaces between the dancers - and it's those gaps that tug at our imaginations.'