TALK/SUPPER CLUB: with choreographer Alexander Whitley


Wednesday 25 July, 6:30pm, free event

Join us for a fascinating hours talk with guest artist internationally acclaimed choreographer Alexander Whitley, one of the brightest and most innovative stars on the contemporary dance scene. Alexander will discuss his work and inspiration as well as introduce his new triple bill programme being performed here at Messums Wiltshire on 27 and 28 July. A fantastic opportunity to hear about the creative process and learn the background to the three works by their creator.  Read more about the Alexander Whitley Dance Company performances here in July…read more

There is an opportunity to stay for supper with Alexander afterwards in our Mess Restaurant, the menu will be specially designed menu by our head chef Sunny Sin. Please do book in advance as places in our restaurant are limited.  Wine and drinks available separately.

Following his sell-out, critically acclaimed work for the Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells, Alex returns to his roots with a collection of beautiful, stripped down contemporary dance works. The three pieces include the Royal Opera House commissioned, Noumena and the world première of Between Two Fires and Ulysses Awakes, originally commissioned by the 12 Ensemble.

“It is a great pleasure to bring this triple bill of contemporary works to Messums Wiltshire. The gallery’s majestic 13th Century Barn space provides a spectacular backdrop to present the new programme and I’m delighted that audiences in Wiltshire will be the first to see the world premiere of my duet, Between Two Fires.” Alexander Whitley

Born in 1980, Alexander Whitley is a London-based choreographer working at the cutting edge of British contemporary dance. As artistic director of Alexander Whitley Dance Company he has developed a reputation for a bold interdisciplinary approach to dance making.

Alexander is a New Wave Associate artist at Sadler’s Wells theatre, an associate at Rambert and a former choreographic affiliate of the Royal Ballet. He is an Artist Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and a lecturer on the Design for Performance and Interaction Masters programme at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

Alexander trained at the Royal Ballet School and began his career at Birmingham Royal Ballet before moving into contemporary dance. He has been twice nominated for Outstanding Performance in the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. His choreography has won him nominations for the 2012 Arts Foundation fellowship, the 2014 Sky Arts Southbank Awards and the 2015 Critics’ Circle Awards.

Starter:
Pork and ginger dim sum
Tofu and cabbage dimsum (Veggie)

Main:
Beef Hawaiian Poke Bowl; Spiced ground beef, colourful vegetables and avocado on rice, sprinkle with seeds and nuts.

Veggie:
Poke Bowl; Spiced sweet potato, colourful vegetables and avocado on rice, sprinkle with seeds and nuts.

Dessert:
Savoiardi salted caramel eclairs

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