Verve showcases the depth and invention of
Ballet’s choreographic talent with works by three very
different dancemakers: Resident Choreographers Tim Harbour
and Stephen Baynes, and Coryphée Alice Topp,
who made her mainstage debut with Little Atlas in 2016.
Tim Harbour’s Filigree and Shadow cruises the
cutting edge of contemporary ballet. Powerful moves inspired by dark
aggression, a sleek architect-designed set, washes of ominous light and a
grinding score by German duo 48nord propel this work to an electrifying
Stephen Baynes’ Constant Variants is
neo-classical ballet at its most hypnotic. Featuring pristine technique and
Variations on a Rococo Theme with solo cello, its jewel-like
moments and pitch-perfect atmosphere beguile the mind into heavenly calm.
Alice Topp created a series of critically acclaimed pieces for our Bodytorque new-works
showcase before debuting the audience favourite Little Atlas as
part of our Symphony in C program. She has also made music-video
choreography for Megan Washington and Ben Folds. She will premiere a
brand-new work for Verve entitled Aurum, which
will continue her exploration into intricate partnering and intense emotion.