Friday, 10 June 2016

Dawson's Overture

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A week after his Swan Lake for Scottish Ballet finished its run in Scotland and the North of England David Dawson's Overture opens in Amsterdam. It is part of a mixed programme of works by Justin Peck, George Williamson, David Dawson and Ernst Meisner called Transatlantic which I find off in that only one of those four choreographers is actually American.

Dawson created Overture nearly three years ago to a score by Szymon Brzóska, with sets by Eno Henze and costumes by Yumiko Takeshima who also designed the costumes for Swan Lake.  The work is inspired by T S Elliott's The Four Quartets which I suppose makes it transatlantic even though those poems were written in and about wartime England.

According to Dawson, "This work is constructed as a dance-umentary about humanity, our place within the universe, connection with everything around us, and our relationships toward to each other." He continues:
"a journey through the different stages of personal relationships, the relationship of an individual to his/her society, and our relationship towards the ever growing technology we live with."
The choreography looks exciting and Dawson has chosen  some great dancers including Michaela DePrince who is one of my favourites. It is all very tempting.

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