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8 MINUTES

A Sadler’s Wells commission, co-commissioned by DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER: ALEXANDER WHITLEY

COMPOSER: DANIEL WOHL

VIDEO ARTIST: TAL ROSNER

DRAMATURGE: SASHA MILAVIC-DAVIES

COSTUME: MERLE HESNEL

LIGHTING: JACKIE SHEMESH

LEAD SCIENTIST: HUGH MORTIMER


 

Igniting our imaginations with spectacular forces and overwhelming scales, space exploration constantly re­shapes how we understand ourselves and our place in the universe.

In this critically acclaimed production, Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from the stunning images and data produced by solar science research in a collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space.

With a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl and an installation of high-definition imagery from BAFTA award-winning visual artist Tal Rosner8 Minutes creates a striking, immersive environment of dance, music and film to illuminate our relationship with the star that gives us life.

The 8 Minutes project also incorporates an innovative Creative Learning Programme with workshops for local students following the production's tour and an intensive residency programme aimed at students in Year 5 (aged 9–10 years). Created with input from RAL Space scientists and the artists team, the workshops will draw on the creative process around the making of 8 Minutes, combining artistic and scientific concepts to explore the parallels between the two.

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Dancers and scientists make a stunning cosmic voyage. ★★★★
— Guardian
8 Minutes merges dance, visuals and music as equal partners. Daniel Wohl’s score pulsates with solar energy while Tal Rosner’s hypnotic digital projections feature lava-like waves, inky black views from space and a sizzling red sun. Solar-powered beauty. ★★★★
— Evening Standard

 

 

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The creation of 8 Minutes was supported by Arts Council England, Sadler’s Wells, DanceEast, Science & Technology Facilities Council, Music Sales Group and STFC RAL Space with additional support from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, Platform Theatre, Rambert, Jerwood Space and the European Space Education Resource Office. 

Credits:

Performers – Luke Crook, Hannah Ekholm, Julia Sanz Fernandez, Tia Hockey, David Ledger, Leon Poulton, Victoria Roberts

Text & voiceover - The Universe of Everything by Alan Watts  www.alanwatts.org

Assistant to the Choreographer - Victoria Roberts

Technical Director - Dom Martin

Technicians - Luca Biada, Sarah Ward 

 
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