Genius is a double bill created and performed by Anjali Dance Company. The production was toured and performed in the UK and abroad in 2017 – 2019 to enthusiastic critical acclaim.
Genius combines an intense, theatrical and entertaining performance with residencies, workshops and training opportunities at venues around the UK. The performance comprises two original works, Beethoven by Gary Clarke and Bloodsucker by Lea Anderson, and is suitable for a wide range of audiences, including those without previous dance experience.
Research and Development for this project took place between 2013 and 2016 using funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Creation of the work took place in spring 2017.
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Beethoven: Gary Clarke
Gary’s choreography takes a look at the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven through a series of touching and darkly humorous short sketches. The piece is performed in period costume in a Gothic, cinematic and highly theatrical landscape of movement and gesture which is 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
Click here to watch a short film about Gary’s experience of working with Anjali.
Bloodsucker: Lea Anderson
A stylized theatrical work that is gently humorous and visually stunning. The work is based on the legend of the vampire Nosferatu and his depiction in film. Five distinct scenes become tales of horror, sampling various styles of acting from expressionist, nuanced silent-screen to Hammer House of Horror. The piece is performed in a three-sided box, which creates the feel of a fairground or carnival theatre. The dancers move on and off stage through the sides of the box to simulate the effect of film edits. A commissioned soundtrack supports the action and differentiates between the different styles.
“I wanted to work with the Anjali dancers to create a new piece of work that would take 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
Click here to watch a short film about Lea’s experience of working with Anjali.