A Choreographic Perspective – The Works of Sage Dance Company

 

 

DREAMING

Choreographer:  Simon Rice

Music:  Robert Schumann – ‘Kinderszenen’ (Scenes from Childhood)

Costumes:  Simon Rice

The first work to be performed by Sage Dance Company was an abstract ballet work of playfulness and serenity. Rehearsals commenced at St Luke’s Community Centre Islington in the spring of 2010, culminating in one of the pieces being performed at Claremont in Angel, London, the same year. The full twenty minute work was finished the following year and first performed at Chisenhale, London.

SONG OF LOVE

Choreographer:  Simon Rice

Music:   Brahms – Piano Quartet No.2 In A – OP 26 – 2. Poco Adagio

Costumes:  Jill Raven

Song Of Love, Sage DC’s second piece, was a flowing and sophisticated balletic work. The creative process was more immersive and provided the dancers with a challenge to adapt and maintain their quality. Meeting the challenge with enthusiasm, the Sage dancers’ abilities provided the perfect complement to the vast beauty of the Brahms score. The first performance was at The Thanet Community Centre in 2013 and the company went on to give some outstanding performances of this work including at Islington Town Hall in 2013.

“Your performance was fantastic…your work really held the audience and there was lots of great feedback from audience members”
 Daniel Baker, Cubitt Arts, June 2013

MODERN LEGACY

Choreographer:   Simon Rice

Music:   Steve Reich

Costumes:  Jill Raven

In 2013, an intergenerational dance work for Sage Dance Company and Acland Burghley High School was choreographed to mark the death of Emily Wilding Davison, a prominent Suffragette activist who died of her injuries, after a collision with the King’s horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913 .

It was a challenging work for both the school and Sage. Both sets of dancers had to work closely and be far more aware of each other’s movements as well as the development of the music, but the performers integrated well and worked together very effectively.

The project was facilitated by community music company Soundcastle (details found on the LINKS page) and was part of their week of remembrance events and festivities to mark the occasion.  It was held at St George’s Church in Bloomsbury where the memorial service for Emily Wilding Davison had taken place one hundred years before.

This project was supported by the Mercers Charitable Trust.

CHASE

Choreographer:  Fionuala Power

Music: Ron Ford

Costumes:  Jill Raven 

In the Spring 2013 Fionuala Power, former Royal Ballet Company and Merce Cunningham dancer, was invited to create a Cunningham style work for Sage Dance Company. The style suited the dancers and they benefited from experiencing a new working method and a different creative process. The Sage dancers adapted quickly and expressed within their bodies that wonderful sense of breadth, space and invention that are trade marks of a Cunningham work.  ‘Chase’ started rehearsals late in 2013 and a short version was first given at RichDance 2014 with the long version being performed at Sadler’s Wells as part of The Elixir Festival 2014.

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NOW?

Choreographer:   Simon Rice

Music:   Spike Milligan and the Goons

Costumes:  Simon Rice

What Are We Going To Do Now? was a short comedy work performed at Islington Town Hall in 2014 to the wonderfully eccentric and playful music of Spike Milligan and The Goons.

INVOCATION

Choreographer:   Simon Rice

Music: Telemann – Trumpet concerto in D – Adagio 

Costumes:  Jill Raven

Invocation was inspired by the music of Telemann and by the members of Sage who continually explore ways in which older dancers can bring authenticity to their performances and can express themselves with integrity and grace.  This distinguished short work was first performed at RichDance in Hampton, London, in 2015.

PIECES OF EIGHT  (Telemann Anthology)

Choreographer:   Simon Rice

Music: Telemann

Costumes:  Jill Raven

‘Invocation’ and the sumptuous work of Telemann gave rise to a longer work named ‘Pieces Of Eight’, with all eight pieces being performed to the music of Telemann.  Five of these pieces will be performed in March 2016 at The OSO, Barnes, with the full work being completed and ready for performance by Summer 2016.

 

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