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The Choreographic Archive of Siobhan Davies Dance

Title: Dance Work

Work: Different Trains

Summary

Set to the music of the same name by the American minimalist composer Steve Reich, for live and taped string quartet, taped monologue and sounds of trains, the dance follows the structure of the music (which is in three parts) and draws from the speech within the music (stories from people who made different train journeys between 1939 and 1942, including his own as a child travelling across America and those of Jewish people in Europe during World War Two). A large set behind the dance action comprises a metallic wall of chrome discs upon which are two enormous 'blade' constructions. These rotate for much of the dance at different speeds. Lighting design adds to the idea of travel by marking out diagonal lines across the stage space.

Analysis

‘…the rich palette of her dance movement – sensuous glissando footwork that flipped into a hard staccato pulse, reckless twists and falls packed within a single phrase, duets of weary weightedness – also detailed the qualities and concerns of this group of people living variously threatened, exhausted or avid lives’ (Judith Mackrell, Dance Now, 1997).

‘Davies looked at Steve Reich's writings, relating to his composition, telling of the different train rides he had taken as a small boy travelling from the East to West coasts of America. This idea of different stories and journeys instigated most of the movement, American sign language being used as part of the story telling’ (Deborah Saxon, 2009).

Dance Work

  • Series Title: Different Trains
  • Title: Dance Work
  • Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
  • Dancers: Darshan Singh Bhuller, Scott Clark, Gill Clarke, Paul Douglas, Sean Feldman, Michael Fulwell, Jeremy James, Elizabeth Old, Lauren Potter, Lizie Saunderson, Deborah Saxon
  • Music: Steve Reich
  • Music - comments: Different Trains (1988) for string quartet and tape. Published by Boosey & Hawkes
  • Musicians: Sophie Harris (cello), Steven Smith (violin), Clive Hughes (violin), Nic Pendlebury (viola)
  • Musicians - comments: The Smith Quartet
  • Designer: David Buckland
  • Design - comments: Set and Costume Design
  • Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
  • Costume Maker: Penny Thompson
  • SDDO Creator: Paul Allender and Ross Varney
  • Summary: Set to the music of the same name by the American minimalist composer Steve Reich, for live and taped string quartet, taped monologue and sounds of trains, the dance follows the structure of the music (which is in three parts) and draws from the speech within the music (stories from people who made different train journeys between 1939 and 1942, including his own as a child travelling across America and those of Jewish people in Europe during World War Two). A large set behind the dance action comprises a metallic wall of chrome discs upon which are two enormous 'blade' constructions. These rotate for much of the dance at different speeds. Lighting design adds to the idea of travel by marking out diagonal lines across the stage space.
  • Analysis: ‘…the rich palette of her dance movement – sensuous glissando footwork that flipped into a hard staccato pulse, reckless twists and falls packed within a single phrase, duets of weary weightedness – also detailed the qualities and concerns of this group of people living variously threatened, exhausted or avid lives’ (Judith Mackrell, Dance Now, 1997). ‘Davies looked at Steve Reich's writings, relating to his composition, telling of the different train rides he had taken as a small boy travelling from the East to West coasts of America. This idea of different stories and journeys instigated most of the movement, American sign language being used as part of the story telling’ (Deborah Saxon, 2009).
  • Publisher: SDDO
  • Production Date - original: 1990
  • Production Date - SDDO: 2008-04-02
  • Media type: Profile
  • Source: SDDO
  • Relation: Profile
  • Word Count: 0
  • Tour: with White Man Sleeps (1988) 08/11/90 - 10/11/90 - Sadler's Wells, London 16/11/90 - 17/11/90 - Arnolfini, Bristol 19/11/90 - Northcott Theatre, Exeter 21/11/90 - Connaught Theatre, Worthing 26/11/90 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London 30/11/90 - 01/12/90 - Newcastle Playhouse, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 06/12/90 - 07/12/90 - University of Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 07/05/91 - Grand Theatre, Blackpool 13/05/91 - Tramway Theatre, Glasgow 17/05/91 - 18/05/91 - Oxford Playhouse 24/05/91 - Horsham Arts Centre with Arctic Heart (1991) 25/09/91 - 27/09/91 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London other dates TBA with Wanting To Tell Stories (1993) 27/09/93 - Opera de Lille, Festival de Lille, France
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