Playing minor in a major way…

Originally published on IevaKuniskis.com © Judita Kuniskyte As a seasoned composer for contemporary dance, I’ve been asked a few abstract things in my time, but Ieva’s request to me this week at The Point has to go down as one of my absolute favourites! We have a section in They Live Next Door affectionately titled the Man Waltz, because the music…

5 Essentials to make music for Dance

Writing a soundtrack for contemporary dance can be pretty varied, and as both Co-Artistic Director of Lîla Dance and a freelance composer I've made more soundtracks than most. Over the years I’ve made everything from abstract soundscapes to rock and roll and drum and bass. So one thing I’ve found is that you can quickly…

Night at the Theatre with Tim Casson and Stopgap Dance

Last week I finished my second contemporary dance soundtrack of the year. This time it was for the lovely and talented Tim Casson who has made a family friendly piece on Stopgap's SG2 Company, called Night at the Theatre. It's a show about three unlikely characters (Hannah Sampson, Nadenh Poan and Connor Quill) accidentally stumbling into…

In Ghent with Platform-K

I wizzed over to Ghent (Belgium) on the Eurostar for three days this week, to work with an inspiring inclusive dance company called Platform-K (english link here). I'm currently composing a new soundtrack for a dance work being choreographed by George Adams for Integrance, a project funded by EU Culture Programme, which brings together Sg2 (Stopgap Dance Company’s…

Wilton’s Strike! Dance Festival 2014

It was my huge pleasure to perform at the magnificent Wilton's Music Hall for the opening night of their brand new Strike! Dance Festival. As the oldest musical hall in the world, it is one of London's most precious and hidden gems, and it resonates history and charm in every room. I also had the rare…

Antechamber- Short Dance Film

Really excited to be finally able to share a short dance film that I've written the music for, called Antechamber. It was produced by Wigglyline Productions and features contemporary dancers Rosa Kentwood, Hayley Barker, and Janina Smith. It is beautiful and grotesque, and the production quality is exceptionally good. The movement was improvised on the day and it think the…

Reunited with an old friend

It's great to be back in the studio this week with my close collaborator, Jerrel Jackson, researching his new piece Letters from Birmingham. I have a long history of successful collaborations with Jerrel, and it feels fantastic to be working together again after a few years apart. Letters from Birmingham is a unique contemporary dance…

Algorithm- Joe Darby & Kai Downham

A full recording of Algorithm, a collaboration with Dancers Joe Darby & Kai Downham that George Art Baker and I composed the soundtrack for, has been uploaded to Youtube. It's a really accomplished and inspiring duet by the two young male dancers, both choreographers in their own right, and shows a bright future for them…

Weightless gets the heavy treatment

Military Helicopters, distorted Electronica, and Cello can only mean one thing... Yep, Yael Flexer's back on tour, and with it goes my international collaboration with Isreali Cellist and Composer Karni Postel. The soundtrack is a massive array of sound, building all the way from quiet melancholic drones to a huge rumbling of twenty helicopters overhead.…