Words Worth

A welcome return visit to the Burton Taylor Studio…  Under the discerning artistic direction of Yolande Yorke-Edgell, Yorke Dance Project is building a reputation for ambitious and diverse work. Its new programme Words Worth features premieres by Anton du Beke, John Pennington, Alessio Barbarossa and Yorke-Edgell herself.

Anton Du Beke’s first work for the company, Easy to Love, is his first foray into contemporary dance. He brings his wit, charm and exceptional talent to a series of duets and double duets inspired by the glamour of old-school Hollywood. Expect a touch of Fred and Ginger…

Noted, Yolande Yorke-Edgell‘s new work for her company of seven dancers, is based on letters spanning five centuries written by historic or iconic figures. Their themes include humour, tragedy, excitement, beauty and anger: Madame De Sevigne’s day-to-day gossip paints a vivid picture of 17th century France in the time of Louis XIV; Johann Sebastian Bach writes an overly grateful letter to his patron; Queen Victoria expresses the extremity of her passion for husband Prince Albert; Marilyn Monroe writes to her psychiatrist after being committed to a clinic in New York suffering from mental exhaustion following her divorce; and Hunter S Thompson rants at film executive Holly Sorensen about the adaptation of one of his novels.

The music for Noted will be composed by the five winners of the Causeway Foundation’s Young Composers Competition launched by Yorke-Edgell to find young talent aged between 16 and 25. The composers will also use the rhythm and shape of the letters as their starting point.

Choreographer Bella Lewitzky has been a constant source of inspiration for Yorke-Edgell since she danced with the company between 1994 and 1998 and she is committed to sustaining her legacy. For Words Worth, LA-based choreographer John Pennington, a Lewitzky dancer for fourteen years, has created a new solo for Yorke-Edgell which is rooted in the style of the pioneering US choreographer.

Sardinian choreographer Alessio Barbarossa showcases his unique style of movement in the UK for the first time with a dynamic duet for Maurizio Montis and Valentino Porcu.

The programme is completed by Yorke-Edgell’s 2010 work City Limitless, a journey across America through the words and music of beat generation writer Jack Kerouac. Elegant, witty and smart, the piece is set to a score featuring original recordings by Kerouac and friends such Allen Ginsberg as well as the music that inspired him, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Words Worth will be performed by Caroline Hotchkiss, Edward Mitton, Maurizio Montis, Valentino Porcu, Amy Thake, Hannah Windows and Yolande Yorke-Edgell.

Performances:  Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd October 2012, 7.30pm

Booking:  http://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/show/?eventid=2655

Telephone booking:  01865 305305