Choreography: Ruth Brill
Artistic Director: Hannah Schneider
Music: Carol J Jones
Production: Four Eyes Production
Dancers: Brandon Lawrence, Jakob Bryan
Orchestra: Oxford Alternative Orchestra
Digital Premiere 9 October 2021
CHRYSALIS is a series of six videos exploring the idea that a particular kind of metamorphosis, transformation, and hope is only possible in a place of darkness. Each piece is a fusion of the media of dance, film, and classical music, featuring a piece of new choreography set to new compositions recorded by the Oxford Alternative Orchestra (OAO).
The project features the musicians of OAO in the UK, and six award-winning choreographers in different locations around the world: Burkina Faso, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, and New Zealand. Each choreographer explores unique interpretations of hope that have been illuminated, and even enhanced, by the darkness of the global pandemic we are all still experiencing.
CHRYSALIS also features five new compositions from award-winning composers, commissioned for this project, as well a new arrangement of Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’.
The films will be edited together with footage of the orchestra to create a cohesive piece of visual art designed for the screen which offers an insight into how orchestral and dance performance can be adapted in a time of social distancing.