Alexander Whitley Dance Company: 8 Minutes
It takes just eight minutes for sunlight to travel 93 million miles to earth. In this unique collaboration with scientists from STFC RAL Space, choreographer Alexander Whitley takes inspiration from solar science research and its stunning imagery.
Dance, film and music take us on a journey through the universe, revealing the drama of the burning ball of plasma that illuminates our planet and exploring the numerous ways in which we relate to our home star. With an installation of high-definition imagery from visual artist Tal Rosner and a specially created score by the electroacoustic music innovator Daniel Wohl, 8 Minutes captures our curiosity and wonder for this unimaginably vast subject.
Presented by Alexander Whitley Dance Company
Venue: Pentland Theatre
“We are transported from space to the stars – the dancers becoming ever independent and more organic – and finally to the ground with a mix of hypnotic group work and some impressive solos. The journey is driven by an intensely satisfying and immersive electronic soundscape by Daniel Wohl who captures the scale and otherness of the cosmos so well.” London Dance (read the full review)
“Dancers and scientists make a stunning cosmic voyage. Driven by the mix of celestial and industrial music in Daniel Wohl’s score, Rosner’s artwork creates its own kind of space travel. Voyaging through wave patterns, glacier formations and psychedelic colour zones, it captures the alien unknowableness of the universe, as well as its visual magic.” ★★★★ The Guardian
“Solar-powered beauty, 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.” ★★★★ Evening Standard
“Seven exceptional dancers… quite simply, beautiful to watch.” Daily Express
Age Guidance: 8+
Running Time: 60 mins
Group Discount: Buy 10 tickets, save 10%
Dynamic pricing applies to this event. This means that the price of individual seats may increase based on demand, however they will not go above the top price listed.
8 Minutes is a Sadler’s Wells commission, DanceEast and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance co-commission. Supported by NESTA, Science & Technology Facilities Council, The Point Eastleigh, Music Sales Group, Scarfe Charitable Trust, STFC RAL Space, Studio Wayne McGregor/FreeSpace Programme, the Platform Theatre Central Saint Martins, the Royal Astronomical Society, Jerwood Space, Rambert and the individuals who generously supported the 8 Minutes CrowdFunder campaign.
Alexander Whitley is a New Wave Associate at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Associate Artist at Rambert, former Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet Studio Programme and a former Associate Artist at DanceEast.