Award winning Dance with strings attached


Janis Claxton Dance present Falling Light

Fresh from the
critically acclaimed performances of Enclosure 44 - Humans at Edinburgh Zoo,
Janis Claxton Dance returns indoors with an international cast of dancers for a
unique triple bill of musically inspired work. Falling Light features
live performances from internationally renowned Edinburgh Quartet including the
first Scottish and Welsh performances of acclaimed Polish composer Henryk
Górecki's masterpiece, String Quartet No.3 ‘songs are sung'.

The elegant, earthy
and sensuous style of Janis Claxton Dance will be channelled through three very
different musical pieces in this compelling triple bill.

JCD's highly acclaimed
Rinne showcases the intricate music of Australian ensemble
Waratah. In a physical and mentally demanding performance, dancers ‘sing' to
the music with their bodies emulating the taut precision and rhythmic structure
of the beats played on Japanese Koto, Saxophone and Tabla.

Torque features Bach's Partita No.2 as played live on
viola by Edinburgh Quartet's Michael Beeston. Originating from research at
Edinburgh Zoo on the relationship of human to animal gesture and play, new
exciting movements emerge with a wild, yet structured abandon.

Finally songs
are sung
is inspired by Górecki's exquisite score of the same name
embodying the agony and ecstasy of the human condition in almost every note.
Richly layered, deeply textured and emotionally compelling the work will
include the full company of 6 female dancers all of whom contributed to the
making of the piece which will be played live at each performance by the
Edinburgh Quartet.

Janis Claxton Dance is
an award winning contemporary dance company based in Edinburgh. Founded by
prolific dancer, choreographer and teacher Janis Claxton; the company's work
possesses an inherent lightness and ease alongside an earthy and energetic
physicality, highlighted by a musical clarity and sensuosity. In 2008 Janis
Claxton Dance won a Herald Angel Award and was shortlisted for a Total Theatre
Award for the site specific piece Enclosure 44 - Humans.

‘Bold, brilliant. Go.'

Brennan, The Herald on Enclosure 44

‘Eloquent, gimmick free dance at it's best.'

Magazine on Rinne

‘A fully felt, intelligently crafted slice of

Hutera, Dance Now on Blue

Details - Falling Light
Venue:                Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Dates:                 Friday 17 (Preview) & Saturday 18 October
Times:     19.30 (1hr 30mins)
Prices:     £13 (£8/5) Preview and Early Bird £8 (£5)
Tickets:    0131 228 1404 or book online at
Then touring 7 venues finishing at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Saturday 15 November.

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Notes to Editors

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    more info on Janis Claxton Dance go to
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    more info on Edinburgh Quartet go to
  • Janis
    Claxton Dance's Falling Light is funded by The Scottish Arts Council and
    supported by Citymoves dancespace, Aberdeen and Dance Base, Scotland's
    National Centre for Dance.

Full Tour Details: Janis Claxton Dance - Falling Light

in an evening of exquisite dance and live music

Janis Claxton Dance and the internationally acclaimed

Quartet. Falling Light is a programme of

compelling and musically defined dance, with

sublime new pieces set to works by Bach and Polish

Henryk Gorecki.

international cast of dancers will perform with the

Quartet in the Scottish Premier of Songs Are

Gorecki's latest String Quartet, with soloist Michael

performing Bach's Partita No 2 in d minor,

transcribed for Viola.

Friday 17 (Preview) & Saturday 18 October 8pm

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

0131 228 1404

£13 (£8/5) Preview and Early Bird £8 (£5)

Saturday 25 October 7.30pm

The Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, Aberdeen

01224 641 122

£8 (£6) £4 Student/child on the door

Friday 31 October 7.30 pm

The Byre Theatre, St Andrews

01334 475 000

£14 (£10 - £8)

Thursday 6 November 7.30pm

The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

0131 665 2240

£10.50 (£8.50) £6 under 18s

Wednesday 12 November 7.30pm

Platform, The Bridge, Westerhouse Road, Glasgow

0141 276 9696

£8 (£4.50/£3.50)

Saturday 15 November 8pm

Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

0870 040 2000

£10 (£8)