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. It also features some driving electronica beats, and immersive Cello playing from Karni.

Weightless had its Premiere at Salisbury Art Centre last month, and is now touring across the UK.

 

January 2013

Wow, what a flying start to 2013. Only a month has gone by, and amongst the snow and rain, I’ve already been involved in some fantastic projects. First there was Metsä, a short art film with Bella Kardasis, shot and recorded at Stanmer Park on a frosty morning; then the Mayakaras, Lila Dance’s fantastic youth dance company; followed by a live performance on Brighton & Hove Community Radio; and then following straight into recording the  soundtrack for Yael Flexer’s new work Weightless.

Metsä

Bella Kardasis and I set the tone for the year with a site specific collaboration with Wigglyline Productions. We filmed and recorded a structured improvisation live and on-site at Stanmer Park when there was the first light frosting of snow over the country. The results, I hope you will agree, are beautiful, and my eternal thanks go to Josh and Liam for doing such an incredible job filming the project.

Metsä – Dougie Evans & Bella Kardasis from WigglyLine Productions on Vimeo.

The Mayakaras

Lila’s Youth Dance company, Mayakaras, are an ever changing and inspirational group of young people. It is our privaledge to work with such hard working and wonderful teenagers every year, and this year is no exception.

This year we have launched a tumblr site to record our process, and their journeys as we develop a piece together. It is fantastic to have a permanent record of their experiences on a public domain, and I hope that they will look at the site in years to come and remember what incredible things they achieved as such young and mature people.

Brighton & Hove Community Radio

Thank you Caroline for having me back on your show. I had hoped that I could anounce a new album release date when I booked the show but unfortunately i am still a fair way off finishing my second album. Never-the-less, I played a couple of new tracks including Kyo, and a track as yet untitled. You can listen to the show on mixcloud:

Weightless

Last and by no means least, I have been working on Yael Flexer & Nic Sandiland’s latest soundtrack for Weightless, which premieres at Salisbury Art Centre on the 13th of March. It’s an upfront and witty contemporary dance peice celebrating and re-living 20 years of the companies existence, and i’ll be sure to post more information as the project develops.

Ludus Dance feature on Article 19

Article 19 has featured a video of Consequences by Ludus Dance, including footage of my soundtrack to Yael Flexer’s piece What If?

http://www.article19.co.uk/hdvideo2/ludus_dance_consequences.php

The triple-bill format is a new departure for Ludus Dance, and Consequences features the work of three of the UK’s biggest names in choreography.

Nigel Charnock, celebrated for repeatedly breaking new ground, brings you a thunderously chaotic chunk of dance theatre that explores the effects of order and chaos on our lives, whilst poking fun at the self-destructing tendencies of our fame hungry society.

Yael Flexer, renowned for connecting with audiences on a human level, reveals a very different interpretation on the theme. Her choreography sees the four dancers caught up in the ripple effect of their own decisions as they create a show before your very eyes.

Meanwhile, Ben Wright, director of bgroup dance company and internationally recognised choreographer, explores fragmented histories, and calls us to seize the moment… NOW!

Aimed at young people and first-time dance audiences, Consequences has wide appeal and is set to entertain through a pulse-racing mix of jaw-dropping dance, theatre and music.

Video Feature:

Trailer for Consequences:

 

What If? By Yael Flexer

After 3 weeks of rehearsals Yael Flexer has finished What If? her piece for Ludus Dance’s latest touring production, Consequneces- a new triple-bill touring production from Ludus Dance, choreographed by Nigel Charnock, Yael Flexer & Ben Wright. The production will premier at Nuffield Theatre Lancaster on Friday 10th September 2010.

Most of the music has been finished now, and is just having the final touches added to it. Its a crunched up mixture of electronic sounds, beats and synths, with some distorted Cello and Violin.

Successful Strings

Many thanks to Nico Millar and Tim Scarlett for their superb string playing. The two have been in the studio recording ideas, phrases notes and sounds for my new compossition for Ludus Dance. The piece explores the theme of consequences, and will be set to choreography by award winning Choreographer Yael Flexer.

The Living Room

After an exciting Premiere at Woking Dance Festival, The Living Room went on to The Place, to recieve some great reviews!

http://www.londondance.com/reviews_details.asp?C=Yael+Flexer+and+Nic+Sandiland&P=The+Living+Room&V=the+place+%26+touring

http://www.musicomh.com/theatre/dance_yael_0310.htm