Scottish Dance Theatre's second appearance on Article19 follows a very different path from the last work that appeared on this site. 'Sorry for the Missiles' by Vanessa Haska and 'Tenderhook' by Liv Lorent are not examples of flashy choreography, rather, both works are more thoughtful studies of complex issues. This is dance making for the thinker.
Both works are just two out of SDT's current touring repertoire which also includes 'In The Middle Of The Moment' by Uri Ivgi and Johan Grebe and 'Second Storm' by Michal Zahora. With their current crop of creations the company are building quite a formidable arsenal of work under the directorship of Janet Smith. Where you see the company perform determines which two pieces of dance you will see.
'Sorry for the Missiles', according to the program notes, is;
"Set to a lively mix of Eastern European folk music, Sorry for the Missiles! is an emotionally charged work that looks at the impact of conflict on communities and individuals." In particular the work draws from the dance maker's own personal experiences of the invasion and subsequent division of Cyprus in 1974.
'Tenderhook' created by Liv Lorent, from Ballet Lorent, follows a slightly more traditional narrative;
"When I begin a piece I like to authenticate something from a biographical place, some feeling that I am living with, then making the connection that it's not special or pertinent to just me, [and] explore just how personal that emotion is. I'm interested in an emotional commonplace."
Both works are performed by: James MacGillvray, Toby Fitzgibbons, Ruth Janssen, Steven Martin, Naomi Murray, Victoria Roberts, Raquel Gualtero Soriano, Rocco Vermijs, Solene Weinachter, Phillipa White, and Michael Zahora. Music for 'sorry for the Missiles' is by Banta de Zegata and The In Laws. Music for 'Tenderhook' is by Ezio Bosso.
Update 7th February 2008: This feature was re-shot at the British Dance Edition in Liverpool. 'Sorry for the Missiles' is no longer featured.