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Russell Maliphant Dance Company Vortex

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A dancer is bent back backwards into a spiralling shape that echoes the spirals projected on the floor: knees bent almost to the floor, their torso is near horizontal; one arm extends towards the floor, the other is about to swing up. A light shower of dust or sand is descending onto them.

Inspired by the master of abstract expressionist art, Jackson Pollock, choreographer Russell Maliphant paints the stage with elements of nature, steel, light and shadow.


Inspired by masters of the twentieth-century, Olivier Award winning choreographer Russell Maliphant brings to audiences a new production influenced by the works of Jackson Pollock and abstract expressionism. The 20th century American painter was famed for his drip technique.

With elements of nature pouring to the floor, and a large steel structure, Maliphant paints his own interpretation with movement, light, and shadow to create a visually rich journey, with the exceptional dancers of Russell Maliphant Dance Company (RMDC).

RMDC was established in 1996 as the framework for Maliphant to create productions with artists and collaborators and to work with his own chosen ensemble of dancers. Since that time, the company has received two Olivier awards, three South Bank Show awards and four Critics’ Circle National Dance awards for best modern choreography, amongst many other national and international awards and nominations.

[Image description] A dancer is bent back backwards into a spiralling shape that echoes the spirals projected on the floor: knees bent almost to the floor, their torso is near horizontal; one arm extends towards the floor, the other is about to swing up. A light shower of dust or sand is descending onto them.

Header image © Roswitha Chesher

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What hits you between the eyes above all from the very start, though, is how beautiful this piece is
★★★★ THE TELEGRAPH on Silent Lines

One seamless swirling and spooling flow, one impulse morphing into another, all in fusion with dramatic light
★★★★ THE GUARDIAN on Silent Lines

Maliphant’s choreographic universe is unique
★★★★ EVENING STANDARD on Silent Lines

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