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THE GRIT IN THE OYSTER


CHOREOGRAPHY: ALEXANDER WHITLEY

MUSIC: THOMAS ADÉS

COSTUME DESIGN: JEAN MARC PUISSANT

LIGHTING DESIGN: LEE CURRAN


Commissioned by Sadler's Wells for their 2014 programme Thomas Adés: See the Music, Hear the Dance, celebrating the music of one of the UK's most respected composers, The Grit in the Oyster sets three dancers against Adés' Piano Quintet. 

Plotting a pathway through the rich and diverse textures of Adés' music, The Grit in the Oyster is a playful study of repetition and change, exploring the sonata form in which the Piano Quintet is written and the theme of metamorphosis inherent in it. 

The three dancers, bound into a repetitive structure of movement, are held together by its latent inner workings, drawing them relentlessly back in and towards each other. When eventually one of them does break free a process of transformation begins to unfold.

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ⓒ Alice Pennefather

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