‘One of the finest dance pieces I’ve seen, not just in the youth dance sector but anywhere, came from the National Youth Dance Company of England.’The Scotsman
- The Guardian
In The Rashomon Effect, the 30 dancers are the authors, we used their own movement language and improvisation skills to build the piece; this gives them a sense of confidence and ownership of the material. It’s beautiful to see a body less imposed on by the world of dance, still at a raw stage and still exploring what it wants to be. You see the potential but it’s not yet carved in stone. They haven’t yet arrived at the point where they know exactly who they are so they are very open to trying new things. They have an incredible, unique vocabulary, every one of them; they have their own style and each one is extremely different. One of the reasons I took on the role of NYDC was to be reminded of how it is to have an open body; to re-experience, re-ignite, re-visit my own body through watching them experience their own bodies. – Akram Khan
Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s film: The Rashomon Effect, the piece is built on a cyclical pattern. Each time the dancers come back to a place, it is perceived differently, in the same way that people have different perceptions of the same experience so we cannot be sure what that experience is.
‘The work had a powerful effect, and it was wonderful to see what was, essentially, a corps de ballet of contemporary dancers filling the stage with vivid, massed movement.’ – Dancing Times
Meet the dancers that performed The Rashomon Effect as part of National Youth Dance Company 2013-14.APPLY TO JOIN