STABAT MATER — An Exploration of Motherhood and Loss

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Research and development project 

Stabat Mater seeks to challenge the image of the Madonna as a unique expression of maternal purity and perfection, acknowledging the individuality yet universality of the experience of mothering, validating the everyday actions and maternal attitudes inherited and expressed by many women. The central solo draws on gestures and movement held in the physical memory, the images multiplying as they are performed by more dancers, embodying the commonalities yet uniqueness of the maternal experience for each woman. The myth of the perfect maternal state is transcended by the complexity, pleasure and conflict of the daily experience of being a mother.

The project aims to spark conversation and sharing of experiences and viewpoints around mothering — a physical, visceral dialogue, in both performance and workshop settings.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music fragments Stabat Mater by Julia Perry
Dramaturg Peggy Olislaegers
Rehearsal Director Stefano Rosato
Performed by Anna Borini, Winifred Burnet Smith & Vanessa Kang
Opera singer Ann Liebeck
Assistants Sonia Illescas & Piedad Aibarracin

Performed in August 2017 Riverstage National Theatre, B-Motion Festival Bassano del Grappa, Italy

Photography: Stephen Wright Photography

Stabat Mater was commissioned by B-Motion 2017 Festival Opera Estate Bassano del Grappa, Italy and supported by Arts Council of England through Grants for the Arts, Rambert, Stone Nest and Sadler's Wells

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CAMOUFLAGE

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Camouflage is a virtual reality and dance installation. It gives its participants a playful immersive experience of the game of hide and seek and its viewer the opportunity to watch a match played out live as well as virtually between hunter and prey.  In this exciting new work, VR is used to create a new social game that plays on our instincts and opens up room for fun and sinister interpretation.

 

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Digital Artist Andrej Boleslavský
Digital Artist Mária Júdová
Musician Han Han
Creative Producer Renaud Wiser

Camouflage is a Renaud Wiser Dance Company commission funded by Arts Council England, South East Dance and The Chronus Arts Centre Shanghai and supported by the Lighthouse and Werks Central as part of Brighton Digital Festival, and by Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme.

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HYDRARGYRUM

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Hydrargyrum, an archaic name for Mercury, focusses on the complex potential of group movement, both beautiful and terrifying, creating distinct dynamics between connection and disconnection, physically testing variations of individuality and togetherness.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Aleksandra Vrebalov
Design Jon Bausor
Lighting Design Charles Balfour
Performed by Rambert & Rambert Orchestra 

Premiered New Victoria Theatre March 2016

Trailer by Stephen Wright
Photography: Tristram Kenton
Dancers: Vanessa Kang, Julia Gillespie, Edit Domoszlai, Miguel Altanuga, Liam Frances, Stephen Wright

EDGE 2017

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde & James Holroyde
Lighting Design Lucy Hansom
Costume Frances Morris

SCENES FROM DAPHNE AND CHLOE

commissioned by MusicArt London 

Inspired by the eponymous Greek pastoral legend by Longus in 2nd century AD and a new transcription of Ravel's score, who saw the work as ‘a vast musical fresco…with faithfulness to the Greece of my dreams’.

Choreographer Patricia Okenwa  
Composer David Knotts  
Dancers Thomasin Gülgeç Estela Merlos
Minerva Piano Trio Annie Yim (piano), Michal Cwizewicz (violin), Richard Birchall (cello)

 

Photography Camilla Greenwell

Premiered May 2017 St. John’s Smith Square

RIDE

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Ride was commissioned by BBC Young Dancer 2015 and performed by Connor Scott in the Grand Final at Sadler’s Wells where he was later named the first overall winner.

Meeting Connor and watching his previous performances I was struck by the unspoiled natural way in which he used his skills. My aim was to create solo that could display a grounded power, where even at speed movement still has space and breath. I used Connor’s precision, natural flow and focus to play with the theme of the lone figure in dialogue with space and the energy that space holds. This energy wanted to be manipulated, collected, released and vice versa effect and trigger Connor’s movement.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde, James Holroyde
Dancer Connor Scott

Performed at Sadler’s Wells Theatre May 2015 with live broadcast on BBC2 and Latitude Festival July 2015

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Photography: Stephen Wright

II. VOID

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Creating a tangible sense of the disconnection between two dancers. The space becomes charged with traces of passionate affection that was once shared.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde, James Holroyde
Costume Design Hyemi Shin
Lighting Design Lucy Hansom
Dancers Estela Merlos, Stefano Rosato

Commissioned by Dance West for Ingition Dance Festival

Performances

June 2015
Rose Theatre, Kingston

October 2015
The Lowry Salford
as part of Rambert the Future Platform

15&16 December 2015
Rambert Evening of New Choreography, Rambert Studios

Photography: Stephen Wright

No. 1 CONVERGENCE

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An exploration of movement that challenges and expresses my understanding of power. The individuals in this work are portraying an idealised society of coorperative individuals generating, channelling and multiplying power and energy through winding motions within themselves and between each other.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde, James Holroyde
Costume Design Hyemi Shin
Lighting Design Lucy Hansom
Dancers Kym Alexander, Liam Francis, Antonia Hewitt, Adam Park, Hannah Rudd, Stephen Wright

Premiered
Rambert Evening of New Choreography at The Place, December 2014

Photography: Pierre Tappon

THREE PIECES

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Four bodies transfer energy and force as they push, tangle, lean and support, but ultimately fail to merge in their effort to connect.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Kate Whitley
Dancers Antonette Dayrit , Vanessa Kang, Stefano Rosato, Stephen Wright
Piano Kate Whitley
Violin Eloisa Fleure-Thom

Premiered
Rambert Insight Event, Rambert Studios, June 2014

Photography: Pierre Tappon

SOLO

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A young woman willingly enters a challenge. Pushing herself to the point of crisis and overcoming it only through surrender, she moves closer to her own centre.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Dancer Antonette Dayrit
Music Geoff Holroyde, James Holroyde
Costume Design Hyemi Shin
Lighting Design Luke Manning

Premiered
Rambert Evening of New Choreography, Lilian Baylis Theatre Sadler’s Wells, December 2013

Photography: Pierre Tappon

LONGING

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Following the intricate structure of Cheryl Francis-Hoad’s Memoria I explored the boundaries of readable pattern by blurring and layering of recognisable structures. My aim was to create a complexity that draws the audience into the experience of deciphering and a sense of giving in.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Design Georg Meyer-Wiel

Premiered
Rambert Evening of New Choreography, Queen Elisabeth Hall, May 2013

Photography: John Ross

VERIDITAS

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A ritual with the aim of restoring balance allowing five women to each bring a question to the group in order to be supported and joined in what ever may be necessary to find closure and catharsis.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Mark Bowden
Set and Costume Design Hyemi Shin
Lighting Design Paul Green

Premiered
Rambert Evening of New Choreography, Queen Elisabeth Hall, May 2012

Photography: John Ross

HOLD ME

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Composer Aleksandra Vrebalov has woven varied and sometimes opposing aspects of traditional, classical, ethnic and modern themes into this dramatic, beautiful and almost epic piece of music. Her music has inspired me to look for extremes in the composition as well as intention in my movement material to then try to unite extremes and create a sense of wild, energetic wholeness and drama.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Aleksandra Vrebalov
Dancers Gemma Nixon, Estela Merlos, Antonette Dayrit, Robin Gladwin, Jonathan Goddard, Kirill Burlov, Stephen Wright, Mbulelo Ndabeni

Premiered
Linbury Theatre, The Royal Opera House, November 2010

Photography: Tony Nandy

MAMMON

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A dance "inspired by unison, the beauty of a choir, groups of animals, corps de ballet - contrasted by armies, conformism, mass weddings and mobs of angry fans."

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Troy Banarzi
Design Georg Meyer-Wiel
Dancers Gemma Nixon, Antonette Dayrit, Clara Barberá, Gemma Wilkinson, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Virginia De Gersigny, Jonathan Goddard, Robin Gladwin, Alex Whitley, Renaud Wiser, Miguel Altunaga, Stefano Rosato, Thomasin Gulgec

Premiered
QEH Theatre, May 2009

Photography: Georg Meyer-Wiel

NIGHTFLOWERS

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The inspiration for Nightflowers came from my own persistent experience of insomnia and worlds of never ending seeking streams of thoughts, imagination, memory that would bring with them exhausting, frustration and in the end a sense of giving in and giving up night after night. My aim was to find physical manifestations of the cycles I experienced and to create a movement journey that related to my experience.

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Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde, Patrick Murdoch, James Holroyde
Dancer Patricia Okenwa

Premiered
Robin Howard Dance Theatre, February 2010

Photography: Renaud Wiser

 

 

FOOLISH GIGGLES, SUDDEN TEARS

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Set to a psychedelic improve by Rock band Big Linda and features encounters of a group of party people in the early hours after the night before.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Geoff Holroyde, Patrick Murdoch, Vezio Bacci
Design Hetta Johnson
Dancers Clara Barberá, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Dane Hurst, Gemma Nixon, Renaud Wiser

Premiered
Robin Howard Dance Theatre, January 2007

IDELU

 

Capturing the heavy vibes and sounds of on stage rock band Big Linda whilst introducing a strange world full of quirky characters and stories.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Big Linda
Design Hetta Johnson
Dancers Clara Barberá, Hubert Essakow, Robin Gladwin, Dave Mack, Pieter Symonds, Renaud Wiser

Premiered
Robin Howard Dance Theatre, January 2006

SLEEVELESS SCHERZO

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A duet for violinist Charlie Siems and myself entering an off kilter and confused world of a woman stuck in a moment trying to find her way out.

Choreography Patricia Okenwa
Music Gabriel Prokofiev
Musician Charlie Siems
Dancer Patricia Okenwa

Premiered
Robin Howard Dance Theatre & QEH Theatre, February 2008

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