Maliphant has created a unique style of movement, blending influences he has absorbed throughout his long career, from his beginnings as a student at the Royal Ballet School, through his subsequent fascination with the dynamics of the human body, Eastern philosophy, as expressed in tai chi, and the Brazilian fighting dance, capoeira.
It has evolved into a slow form of perpetual movement, where unhurried, pliable bodies create ever-shifting shapes in an often oneiric climate, that extends well beyond the stage itself.
Lately he has ventured into film, and the coming maliphantworks3 programme at The Coronet Theatre includes two filmed duets, as well as two live works, all performed by Maliphant himself and his long-term on-stage and life partner, the mesmerising Dana Fouras.
Three of these works are world premieres, and we are particularly curious about The Space Between, which moves forward Maliphant’s collaboration with the video artist Panagiotis Tomaras, following their dazzling debut in the 2019 ensemble work Silent Lines.
The two other premieres are specially commissioned films made in collaboration with the photographer Julian Broad. Maliphantworks2, his previous programme at The Coronet Theatre, had included a short video installation, shown on a loop in the venue’s smaller studio, complementing the on-stage programme.
This time, though, the films are an integral part of maliphantworks3.
The final piece in the programme is Duet, which had also been included in maliphantworks2, where it marked the first time in 15 years Russell Maliphant and Dana Fouras had performed together.
As long-time partners, Maliphant and Fouras are perfectly attuned to each other; and Duet is performed to a sound score collage by Fouras that includes Donizetti’s wistful aria Una Furtiva Lagrima, in a recording by the great Enrico Caruso.
NOTE: Russell Maliphant in conversation with innovation strategist Katie Baron on Wed 5 Feb at 7:30pm Tickets: £15 (concessions £10)
|What||maliphantworks3, The Coronet Theatre|
|Where||The Coronet Theatre, Print Room, 103 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Notting Hill Gate (underground)|
06 Feb 20 – 22 Feb 20, 19:30 No performance 10, 11, 16 & 17 Feb Dur.: TBC
|Price||£25-£30 (concessions available) )|
|Website||Click here to book|