Photo by Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones
Sadler's Wells (London) / Russell Maliphant Production
Direction & Choreography: Russell Maliphant
Lighting Design: Michael Hulls
Composers: Armand Amar, Andy Cowton, Mukul & Erik Satie
Animation: Jan Urbanowski
Costume Design: Stevie Stewart
Video Programmer: Andy Downie
Collaborative Assistant: Dana Fouras
Dancers: Thomasin Gülgeç, Russell Maliphant, Dickson Mbi, Carys Staton
“Still Current” is a collaboration of widely acknowledged choreographer Russel Maliphant and masterful lighting designer Michael Hulls. In this ballet as the main characters act not only dancers but the light itself. Maliphant creates the new art form - he maintains an ongoing dialogue between movement and light. In Still Current you could enjoy his unique ensemble of dancers: Thomasin Gülgeç, Dickson Mbi and Carys Staton, and Russell Malipaht himself.
Russell Maliphant trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before leaving to pursue a career in independent dance. Between 1991–1994 he studied anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, and qualified as a practitioner of the Rolf Method of Structural Integration (or Rolfing®) in 1994. These studies inform both his teaching and choreographic work, along with a diverse range of body practices and techniques including classical ballet, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira and tai chi. Since 1994 he has collaborated closely with lighting designer Michael Hulls, evolving a language where movement and light are intimately connected and the meeting point becomes a new language in itself. He formed Russell Maliphant Company in 1996 and has also worked with renowned companies and artists including Sylvie Guillem, Robert Lepage, Isaac Julian, Balletboyz and Lyon Opera Ballet. Russel Maliphant’s works got a number of awards including Time Out Live award, South Bank Show dance award and Critics’ Circle National Dance award for best modern choreography.
“Russell Maliphant is now Britain’s leading modern dance creator”.
“Dancing bodies rarely look more beautiful than in the work of Russell Maliphant”.
“Carys Staton performs a yearning solo, full of sadness as well as sensuous beauty (…). It still provides some of the most beautiful images and profound ideas I’ve experienced in dance this year”.
“Ex-Rambert star Thomasin Gulgec tumbles bonelessly through his mercurial solos, his body fast-forwarding and rewinding with uncanny facility. Break-dancer Dickson Mbi’s physique is a sculptor’s dream, as knotty and complex as the underside of a crab”.
Sadler’s Wells official website
Russel Maliphant Company website
International Chekhov Theatre Festival website