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…

Imbalance with Joli Vyann

It’s no surprise that Joli Vyann’s new show Imbalance got a standing ovation at its premiere. I was super excited after they first asked me to do their sound design. The two performers are mind-blowingly talented, and they’ve fused contemporary dance with hand-to-hand circus to create a really spectacular take on modern life. The show…

Thank you Vilnius!

I had an amazing time performing at the New Baltic Dance Festival last week in Vilnius, Lithuania. It's a beautiful, and green capital city, and i really enjoyed my stayed there. The festival was really well organised, and it was great to perform to such a great audience. It was an honour for me to play…

‪Cabinet of Curiosities‬

Just finished working with La Petite Mort Dance Theatre on a new show called Cabinet of Curiosities, which premieres in Accrington Library and will be performed in non-dance venues across Lancashire. I collaborated with choreographer and Director George Adams on Cabinet of Curiosities over a few weeks during April in Lancaster. The soundtrack features everything from a Fly buzzing around…

The Turbine Hall

Following my hugely enjoyable and successful collaboration with Japanese dance artist Aya Kobayashi at the Tate Britain last October (see blog post), we were delighted that the Tate Families team asked us to be part of a new project at the Tate Modern this February. Inspired by Richard Tuttle's 'I Don't Know' we created a piece…

BP Family Festival- Tate Britain

Tate Britain is one of the most inspiring places I may ever get to work in my life. 'Reclining Figure 2014' was a collaboration with London based Japanese dance artist Aya Kobayashi commissioned for the BP Family Festival at Tate Britain. Set in the Henry Moore room, fabric costumes transformed members of the public into living and…

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…