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Performed to Bach, Arctic Monkeys and Balkan Folk Music, Ballet Boyz return with a vibrant mix of styles in their new mixed bill

George Piper Dances

Choreographed by Rafael Bonachela, Charles Linehan, Liv Lorent and Will Tuckett

The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester,
Fri 13 Sat 14 April 2007
Press Night: Friday 13 April, 8pm

TVs Ballet Boyz Michael Nunn and William Trevitt (George Piper Dances) asked four choreographers at the vanguard of British dance to join together in creating a stimulating mixed bill. Kylie Minogues choreographer of choice, Rafael Bonachela rose to the challenge alongside Will Tuckett, Liv Lorent and Charles Linehan and the result, Encore, is being performed at The Lowry, Salford Quays on Fri 13 & Sat 14 April.

Together with Kiev Ballet School trained Oxana Panchenko, Michael and William draw on their classical background and extensive experience, challenging themselves in a compelling evening of dance, all linked by filmed interviews in which they discuss the making of the pieces, their meaning and their thoughts on dance. They collectively sum up these pieces as A canned history of where we are and where we are going. Will Tucketts work was seen at The Lowry as recently as January with the visit of the Royal Opera Houses The Wind in the Willows. He contributes with On Classicism, originally choreographed for Darcey Bussell and William in 1987, when they were both at ballet school. Set to five of Bachs Goldberg Variations, this poignant piece, although 20 years old retains its youthfulness and innocence.

Charles Linehan works in close collaboration with his dancers and Jjanke is no exception. Featuring Michael and William, its inspiration comes from Balkan folk dancing, but is blended with their physical rigour and muscular eloquence.

Belgian choreographer, Liv Lorent, creates her first work for the company. Propeller, an engrossingly enigmatic duet for Oxana and Michael, sets man against woman, a couple whose dependence on each other is both comfortable and yet unsettling potent reminders of loves unpredictable power.

Rafael Bonachela, provides the company with Mandox, Bandox, a thrilling, extremely physical, challenging and energetic piece. Bonachela has previously created numerous pop videos for Kylie Minogue including her Award-winning Fever Tour and Showgirl concerts. Mandox, Bandox is performed by all three dancers with a score created by Olivier and South Bank Award-winner Andy Cowton.

Post Show Talk, Fri 13 April:
Michael Nunn and William Trevitt talk about the creation of Encore Free to ticket holders.
Quays Theatre.

Open Workshop, Sat 14 April:
Learn the moves behind the blistering new modern ballet show Encore, performed by the award-winning George Piper Dances. Youll never think of ballet in the same way again!
Suitable for intermediate and advanced levels aged 14+.
Times 10am 12pm
Tickets 8 (6 Salford residents and concessions)

George Piper Dances Encore
Fri 13 Sat 14 April
The Lowry, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Eves 8pm
Tickets: 14 & 16
Box office: 0870 787 5793

William Trevitt and Michael Nunn first met as students of The Royal Ballet School in 1985, dancing with The Royal Ballet from 1987 to 1999. They have co-filmed and co-directed the Channel 4 documentary-style video diaries, Ballet Boyz (1999), Ballet Boyz II, The Next Step (2001) and the Rough Guide to Choreography (2004). They co-presented the 4Dance season on Channel 4 in Spring 2002 and July 2003. In January 2001 they founded George Piper Dances, nominated for the 2001 and 2003 South Bank Show Dance Awards. The recent commission of Russell Maliphants Broken Fall was awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2004.

Posted on Monday, 19 March 2007 under News Theatre News


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