By Luke Jennings for The Guardian
There is something of the warrior-sage about Russell Maliphant. His solo work One Part II, with which his Dance Umbrella programme opens, incorporates elements of capoeira and t'ai chi into the seamless choreographic flow, and the whole gives the impression of having been extracted from the rituals of some arcane martial art.
As Maliphant crouches and whirls, appropriating space as if in a state of lunar gravity, he is alternately washed in falls of soft white light and blanketed in near-darkness. click for more
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By Debra Craine for The Times
WHEN Russell Maliphant left Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1988, yet another classical dancer fed up with ballet’s conservatism, no one could have imagined that 15 years later he would be one of our finest choreographers.
It’s been a long, slow climb for the 41-year-old Maliphant. For years he paid his dues on the fringe, absorbing a wide range of influences, from contact improvisation to yoga and t’ai chi. But now he’s courting the mainstream — his new ballet for Sylvie Guillem is unveiled at Covent Garden in December — just as his own style is coalescing into something truly remarkable. click for more
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