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21 Sep 2016


James Wilton Dance | Leviathan
Friday 14 October | 7.30pm
From £12       Age suitability: 12yrs+

Inspired by Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick, this performance brings James Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work to DanceEast this October.

Leviathan follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.

“You have to admire the breath-taking virtuosity and split-second synchronisation of the movement in this work. I don’t think I’ve seen such precision and perfection in a contemporary ensemble” MANCHESTER THEATRE AWARDS

“I’ve always had a fascination with the relationship between man and nature. What interests me most is the way that we fear each other before we fear nature. We worry about other people and the dangers they can do more than we fear the awesome power of the planet”, says James. “For me, Moby Dick represents someone trying, and ultimately failing to conquer nature. The futility of pursuit, combined with the maniacal obsession of Ahab makes for a compelling story and one I am eager to re-create and re-imagine”.

“James Wilton is showing himself as one of the UK’s great masterminds of physical movement and exploration” ALTBLACKPOOL

Featuring a cast of seven dancers including James himself, Leviathan promises edge of your seat, ferocity of movement that James’ work is recognised for. All accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.

For those inspired by the movement of James Wilton, the performance will be complimented by an energetic and engaging workshop. The physicality of the movement, which shares a lot in common with martial arts and capoeira, is accessible and enjoyable whilst still being fresh and challenging. This workshop with be dynamic and fast-paced, exercising both the mind and body before you settle down to watch James Wilton Dance in action!

Tickets are selling quickly to see this hotly anticipated show from rising choreographic star, James Wilton. Visit DANCEEAST.CO.UK or call our friendly box office team on 01473 295230 to book this October treat!

Leviathan is man versus nature; be careful what you fish for.