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A major new dance voice from Los Angeles. RAIFORD ROGERS MODERN BALLET
Peacock Theatre, Sadler’s Wells in the West End
Portugal Street (off Kingsway), London WC2A 2HT
17 – 21 June 2003
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8222
Tickets: £10 - £30 (All tickets available online: www.sadlerswells.com)
Raiford Rogers has been a vibrant presence on the Los Angeles dance scene for two decades. Performing on home turf as the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, the company made its New York City debut last August as the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet. With a repertoire dominated by Rogers’ choreography, Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet makes its British debut at the
Peacock Theatre 17 – 21 June 2003.
‘Rogers has come to prominence in a series of distinctive projects that caught the look, sound and energy of the local art scene with the immediacy that makes most other resident regional ballet companies look pathetically out of touch’ LA Times
Company members of the Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet are selected on a ‘recommendation only’ basis. Performing during the summer months affords Rogers the luxury of recruiting dancers from North America’s most prestigious companies including Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and San Francisco Ballet. With the company in place, Rogers extends his demonstrated knack for selecting talent to his collaborators. Spotting such individuals before they attract wider public attention prompted Buzz magazine to name him as one of the ‘100 coolest people’ in Los Angeles. Quite an accomplishment for a ballet choreographer in a city that cares more for tinsel than toe shoes.
‘What impresses is Raiford Rogers’ prevailing sense of sensitivity toward ballet as an expressive language, the musically and deeply intelligent performances of distinction and refinement.’ LA Times
Programme details……….. Programme details:
Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet
17 – 21 June 2003
Terry Riley’s influential 1964 minimalist masterpiece In C
served as an inspiration not only to later minimalist composers including Philip Glass and Steve Reich, but also to more diverse musicians like John Cale and Brian Eno. Here in a world-music inflected orchestration, the piece serves to counterpoint the boundless vigour of Rogers’ choreography and dancers. Ex Machina
is a new collaboration between Rogers and acclaimed composer Carlos Rodriguez. Two dancers in business suits explore the animality beneath the veneer of modern materialism. Rodriguez’ electronic composition is here enhanced by the onstage participation of virtuoso cellist Matt Cooker. Cabin Fever
is a dance vehicle for LA satirist Sandra Tsing Loh’s darkly comic musings on the unsavoury neuroses lurking behind the Beverly Hills bathing beauties. Music by Sandra Tsing Loh and Amon Tobin – swimsuits by Chanel!
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