This translates into cutting-edge, thought-provoking works where technology is central. His latest piece, Overflow, features a kinetic light sculpture by Children of Light. Originally scheduled to premiere at Sadler's Wells last spring, its opening was stymied by the Covid-19 lockdown.
Now, as Sadler's Wells re-opens its doors to live performance, we'll finally get the chance to see Whitely's Overflow.
Pre-publicity tells us Overflow considers how our desires, fantasies and vulnerabilities are powerfully influenced by social platforms and explores what lurks beneath our compulsions to check, share and like.
Or, in other words, what it means to be human in the age of big data. As Whitley himself put it, 'I’ve drawn inspiration from a wealth of fascinating writing exposing the social, political and psychological transformations we are experiencing in the era of big data and considered the impact this is having on personal autonomy and collective action.'
Danced by the Alexander Whitley Company, Overflow has costumes by the award-winning designer Ana Rajcevic and an original score from London-based producer Rival Consoles, whose music features in the Netflix series Black Mirror.
Knowing Alexander Whitley, the work will require a little work and engagement from the audience; but will offer ample rewards with its dazzling visual effects, exacting choreography and committed performances from all his dancers.
General Booking opens on Thursday, 8 April at 9 am.
Priority booking from Tuesday, 6 April at 9am
|What||Alexander Whitley, Overflow, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
21 May 21 – 22 May 21, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour 10 mins no interval
|Website||Click here to book|