VIVIANA DURANTE COMPANY
Distribution Spain and Latin América
WORK ON TOUR
ABOUT THE SHOW
A remarkable evening of performance paying tribute to the American dancer Isadora Duncan, a timeless feminist icon who made work that enabled women to express themselves physically on their own terms.
To open, the rarely seen Dance of the Furies created by Duncan in 1905 to exemplify daring, courage and ambition, qualities that were widely disapproved of in female dancers at the time. Next the challenging Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan by Frederick Ashton, performed here by the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante in her first solo appearance for a decade. And to close, a new and fearless group piece by choreographer Joy Alpuerto Ritter set to specially composed live music by Lih Qun Wong.
With an all-female ensemble, Durante’s show celebrates one of Duncan’s biggest legacies – a freedom of movement and spirit that has inspired artists and thinkers everywhere – while introducing original dance profoundly influenced by that same revolution today.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Viviana Durante Company brings together the finest artists to create innovative dance programmes for a wide audience. We embrace all forms of dance, reviving neglected classics and commissioning new work from today’s most exciting choreographers. We work with a diverse pool of dancers, enabling them to expand their repertoire. Our mission is to enrich the range of dance works available to British audiences, attracting newcomers as well as dance lovers and curating masterpieces of the past and future.
The Company’s recent productions include Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time at the Barbican Pit in spring 2018, and Three/8:38/Seven at Wilton’s Music Hall in spring 2019. As well as Viviana herself, our dancers have included Mbulelo Ndabeni, Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward, Yasmine Naghdi and Thiago Soares together with Ballet Black and dancers from Scottish Ballet. For 8:38 we were proud to commission our first new work from Olivier-winning choreographer Javier De Frutos.
In February 2020 the company brings Isadora Now to the Barbican Theatre, featuring an all-female cast in Frederick Ashton’s Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan; Isadora Duncan’s own Dance of the Furies; and the world premiere of a group work by Joy Alpuerto Ritter that offers a provocative contemporary response to Isadora Duncan’s enduring legacy.