Russell Maliphant Company WINS South Bank Sky Arts Award!
On 1st July, Russell Maliphant Company’s maliphantworks received the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance.
maliphantworks is a career-spanning collection of contemporary dance works that was curated by choreographer Russell Maliphant especially for the intimate setting of Print Room at the Coronet, running from 28 February – 11 March 2017, and includes the contemporary dance classics Two; Afterlight (Part One) and The Wall from The Rodin Project, and One Part II all reunited with their original dancers including Maliphant himself.
Maliphant performs in One Part II, a solo work he created in 2002 while the international award-winning Dana Fouras dances the electrifying Two, which he choreographed especially for her in 1997.
Daniel Proietto performs Afterlight (Part One), for which he received an Olivier Award nomination in 2010 and received a Critics Circle National Dance Award. Olivier Award nominee Tommy Franzen brings his eclectic dance style to The Wall duet, for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in 2013. Alongside them is Dickson Mbi, nominated for emerging dancer, a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award in 2017 and renowned for his strength and incredible popping style.
Russell Maliphant says:
I’m very happy to receive the Southbank Sky Arts Award for Dance for the maliphantworks2017 program at The Print Room at the Coronet. What a great surprise, pleasure, and honour also to have the award presented by the one and only Sylvie Guillem, who's dancing I have greatly missed these past few years since she stopped performing.
A big thanks to the brilliant cast, Dana Fouras, Daniel Proietto, Dickson Mbi and Tommy Franzen for their commitment and artistry. To my wonderful collaborators Michael Hulls for lighting and Stevie Stewart for costumes. Thanks also to the crew at RMCo, Andy Downie and MJ.... for their patience and professionalism.
Without the team this would not have been possible and I appreciate each persons part in the whole. Thanks to Anda Winters for inviting us to put this first maliphantwork evening together and for having us back again.
Thanks to Southbank Sky Arts for appreciating the work that goes into these programs - this particular one contained creations made between 1998 and 2012 and all the pieces were danced by the original performers.
Thanks to everyone that made this possible, came to see the show or helped spread word of it.
maliphantworks was amongst esteemed company within its category with fellow nominees The Royal Ballet’s Flight Pattern and English National Ballet’s Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printsemps (The Rite of Spring).