Genius

Genius is a significant new project by Anjali Dance Company culminating in a nationwide tour in 2017. Demonstrating Anjali’s trailblazing experience and expertise, Genius combines a theatrical and entertaining performance with residencies, workshops and training opportunities.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now.
Goethe

The double bill performance comprises two new performance works by Gary Clarke and Lea Anderson. Inspired by iconic examples of Genius, the performance is suitable for a wide range of audiences including those with and without previous dance experience.

Beethoven: Gary Clarke
Through a series of touching and darkly humorous short sketches, Gary’s choreography takes a look at the extraordinary personal life and musical works of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven. A Gothic, cinematic and highly theatrical landscape of movement and gesture, danced to excerpts of Beethoven’s music.

“Working with Anjali was a rewarding, inspiring and exciting experience. They are an amazing team of talented dance artists who fully invested in the work and its creation. Each company member brought their personality, skill, and above all their hearts and generosity to the process, which resulted in some strong, poignant and beautiful work.”
Gary Clarke

Nosferatu: Lea Anderson
A stylized theatrical work that is highly technical, gently humorous and visually stunning; based on the legend of the vampire Nosferatu, and his depiction throughout the history of film. Five distinct scenes become their own tiny tales of horror, sampling various style of horror films from expressionist, nuanced silent-screen acting to schlocky Hammer House of Horror action. Nosferatu is performed within a three-sided box with the feel of a fairground or carnival theatre, the dancers moving on and off stage through the sides of the box to create the feel of film edits. A commissioned soundtrack differentiates between the different film styles and supports the action.

“I wanted to work with the Anjali dancers to create a new piece of work that takes risks with no possibility of predicting the outcome – something that would allow none of us to revert to safe or known methods of creating successful work. I look forward to working with these thoughtful and passionate artists again.”
Lea Anderson

Research and Development has taken place between 2013 and 2016, supported using pubic funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Creation will take place in Spring 2017. Tour dates to be released early 2017.