James Wilton Dance are pleased to announce their new full evening work LEVIATHAN. The work, based on Herman Melville’s seminal novel Moby Dick, has been commissioned by Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian Theatre, Ocean City Festival, The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture, The Place and Swindon Dance. It is supported by grants from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts and the BBC Performing Arts Fund. Featuring a cast of 7, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat and gasping for air, under the sheer ferocity of movement; all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul. Premiering at The House, Plymouth on the 21st September 2016 as part of Ocean City Festival before completing a 22 date tour in Autumn 2016. The work will then continue touring into 2017 and beyond! LEVIATHAN is Man versus Nature: be careful what you fish for! Photo © Steve Tanner
Last Man Standing
Choreographed-2014 Music-Tool Premiered at Dance City, Newcastle who were the commissioning venue. Last Man Standing explores the fragile nature of existence and the will to survive. The work draws influence from the book The Last Hero, by Terry Pratchett and the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice. Lighting design: Mario Ilsanker Last Man Standing is touring again in 2015. For more information on the work please e-mail email@example.com. To see photographs of the work please see the LMS Gallery page.
The Rite of Spring
Premiere: March 16th 2013 Originally choreographed for the dance company of Opera Graz to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
Choreographed: 2011/12 Music: Isis and Noxshi Duration: 30 minutes Drawing influence from the philosophies of Plato and Jean Paul Sartre Cave is an exploration of our perceptions of reality and our desires to uncover truth. Cave was created using a grant from Arts Council England and a commission from South Hill Park. The work was created whilst James was artist in residence at South Hill Park and at Choreodrome at The Place. “Cave brings us sophisticated choreography, delivered with integrity and muscular rigor. Risky seat-gripping leaps, hurling bodies and last- minute catches, high-velocity spirals and back-flips are textured with pathos and subtlety.” Josephine Leask, Resolution! Review on Cave at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre “James Wilton’s CAVE was a dazzling display of relentless physicality. Four dancers, one woman and three men, including Wilton himself, coiled themselves into springs that burst open and up into the air, slamming into the floor, only to roll, twist and fly out into space again at dizzying speeds. They pushed and pulled, struggling against each other, running around and colliding just long enough to throw someone out of the way or hurl someone else across the space. There were a few pauses in which dancers contemplated the space between their outstretched hands or held a shape just long enough for it to turn into a scary shadow as the lights shifted across the back wall.” Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Londondance.com on Cave at The Place, London
Choreographed-2012 Music- Einsturzenze Neubauten Dancer- Sarah Jane Taylor in cycles was created with support from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, Swindon Dance, South East Dance and Kent Council. in cycles is loosely based on the Hindu belief in re-incarnation. We are born, we grow, we get old, we die, repeat. We go on very different journeys, but the ending is always the same. At the end of it all we are only human. We are bound by a fate and an inevitability from the moment we are born but if we are lucky, the end is not the end.
Choreographed-2011 Music-Godsmack Premiered at South Hill Park as part of “Park Life” Commissioned by South Hill Park “Falling Unknown” is a sites specific duet exploring conflict and sacrifice. The work is designed to be adaptable for performance in any large open space.
The Shortest Day
Choreographed-2009/2010 Music-Mastodon Premiered at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre Based on the psychological effects on people when they know their time is limited The Shortest Day places four performers in a desperate struggle to survive. To exhaust themselves, force a recovery, then exhaust themselves again. To hurt themselves and each other in attempt to find hope in a hopeless world. The piece also draws inspiration from the Mayan Apocalypse theory, the alignment of the solar system and the crust displacement theory. “Such concentrated, breathless energy can only be experienced, never just described...and an opera audience stomping their feet and whipping up a storm of applause at a contemporary dance show is equally hard to imagine” Eveline Koberg, www.tanz.at at the “International Tanzgala” 20.05.2011
Choreographed-2007, second year student at LCDS. Re-worked in 2010 Music-Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle Premiered at the Robin Dance Theatre Drift was reworked for touring with Scottish Dance Theatre 2010-2014. In 2013 James Wilton staged Drift on Ballet Hagen, Germany. In 2014 Drift was taught to students at The London Contemporary Dance School for performance in Beijing at the Beijing Dance Academy's 60th Celebration gala. “ An impressively powerful duet of exhilarating movement” Ballet.co.uk