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Tarantiseismic by Damien Jalet 2016-17

In 2017, NYDC premiered a new work at Sadler’s Wells, created by 2016-17 Guest Artistic Director, Damien Jalet.

Inspired by Tarantism, a frenzied dance characteristic of Southern Italy, in Tarantiseismic, Damien explores ideas of melancholia and abandon, deftly drawing on the 39 young dancers’ unbridled energy and passion for the art form.

Driven by their urge to dance, we explore together
in Tarantiseismic how notions of abandonment, instability, empowerment
through collective energy could convey in one common, complex yet transcending rhythm – DAMIEN JALET

“The choreographer Damien Jalet gives his young dancers a strong starting concept for this energetic, exhilarating show” THE TIMES, APRIL 2017


Production Credits

Damien Jalet – Guest Artistic Director and Choreographer

Aimilios Arapoglou – Assistant Choreographers

James O’Hara – Assistant Choreographers

Navala Chaudhari – Touring Rehearsal Director

Dave King – Composer/Musician

Jim Hodges – Stage Design

Carlos Marques da Cruz – Stage Design

Natasha Chivers – Lighting Designer

Jay Barry Matthews – Costume Designer

Bia Oliveira – Senior Producer

Hannah Kirkpatrick – NYDC General Manager

Lucy Clarke-Bishop -Assistant Producer, Learning
and Engagement

Adam Carrée – Technical Production Manager

Tarantiseismic Dancers – Monique Ademilola, Nana Appiah, Dan Baines, Jasmine Bayes, Paulina Bazala, Jodie Bray, Holly Brennan, Eleanor Chapman, Isis Clunie, Paul Davidson, George Dietrich, Paul Dixon, Hannah Draper, Bethany Emmerson, Jeran Entwistle, Rhea Fearon-Auld, Jamie Flatters, Beth
Gardiner, Martha Gardner, Goran Gbo, Frankie Goodinson, Christian Griffin, Matilda Hadcock, Ashton Hall, Zakarius Harry, Alex Henderson, Tommy Hodgkins, Noga Inspector, Oscar Li, Niamh Keeling, Rufus Lacey, Adanna Lawrence, Alexander Love, Nicole Nevitt, Ethan Nott, Kia Skilbeck, Alex Thirkle, Sua TsubokuraAguiriano, Archie White

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Tarantiseismic premiered to a sold out audience at Sadler’s Wells on 19th April 2017 and then toured across the country during June and July 2017.

The tour included:

  • 10 performances across all five areas of the country
  • Over 4000 people saw Tarantiseismic on tour.
  • The total audience figure combined with the premiere in April means that 5629 people saw NYDC perform Tarantiseismic in 2017.

Sadler’s Wells, London (premiere performance) – 19th April 2017

Peninsula Arts, Plymouth – 25th June

Dance City, Newcastle (matinee and evening) – 1st July

Curve Theatre, Leicester – 8th July

Hippodrome, Birmingham – 14th July

Waterfront Stage, Latitude Festival – 16th July

Jerwood Dance House, DanceEast, Ipswich – 18th July

Middleton Hall, Hull – 20th July