Quicksilver – new video

This is a video of Anuradha Chaturvedi dancing to a score I wrote for her a couple of years ago. This was the third performance, at the Exuberant Gala in the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, last month. Anuradha made a new choreography so it’s quite different from the two videos you can see in last year’s post. It’s also a much better quality of video – thanks to Erika Montenegro who filmed it!

or for mobile phone users, this is a smaller file: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10415359/quicksilver%20-%20for%20mobiles.m4v

Quicksilver – new choreography

AVARTAN MainThe wonderful dancer Anuradha Chaturvedi, who premiered my solo dance piece Quiverful in July 2011, has made a new choreography of the piece and will be performing it at the Exuberant Gala show at the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, on Sunday 22nd September.

I’ve also changed the name of the piece to Quicksilver (to avoid the completely inappropriate associations of the name Quiverful for readers of The Barchester Chronicles!)

We aim to take a video, which I’ll post soon – watch this space.


contemporary Khattak

Last year I saw Anuradha Chaturvedi dancing in Indian Classical ‘Khattak’ tradition – it was a vivid, grippingly intense kind of dance and I was particularly struck by the fantastically beautiful and elaborate movements of the hands and the eyes.  Though Anuradha has learned and continues to practice traditional Khattak dance, she is also interested in creating new forms of dance and in new kinds of collobaration.

So…  to cut a long story short, this seemed like a great opportunity to me, and the result will be performed twice later this month, once in a ‘Total Performance Extravaganza’, involving all kinds of fabulous contemporary music performers, composers and interactive ideas at Robinson College, Cambridge (Saturday 16 July, 9pm) and then again in a rerun of that event in Kings College London, Strand, on Tuesday 19th at 8pm.  The new dance piece is called Quiverful: Anuradha has devised the dance and will perform it; I’ve written the music which is for violin and vibraphone (Guy Button and Serge Vuille, from the Ealdwick Ensemble).   I hope to post up a video of the performance soon.

> [added later – 3/9/11] – And now I have videos of the first two performances.  The first was in the chapel of Robinson College – Quiverful – and the second in the Great Hall of KCL, where not only are the setting, the acoustic and the vibraphone different, but also, Anuradha takes the dance in some fascinating new directions – Quiverful2.