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James Wilton brings athletic dance to Salisbury Arts Centre

STORM
05 March 2020

James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, presents The Storm at Salisbury Arts Centre on Saturday 21 March.

The Storm is a whirlwind of lightning fast, super athletic movement, where acrobatics, breakdancing, martial arts and edge of the seat contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.

Seven dancers of extraordinary skill, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound audiences with its athleticism and touch people emotionally in a way that words simply can’t. The Storm grows from a light breeze and becomes something too powerful to fathom. It scoops the dancers into the air then drops them to the floor with unrelenting velocity, transforms them into mini tornadoes and sends them spiralling out of control.

More than just weather, this storm is of the mind. You can’t see the wind but you can see how it changes objects. In the same way, you can’t see emotions, but you can see how they change people, how they knock them off their feet, then sweep them away.

James Wilton said: “After the considerable success of LEVIATHAN, a work based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, I wanted to create my own story. I have always been fascinated by the inner workings of the human mind, in particular how we process and understand emotions, and wanted to create a narrative that not only moves audiences emotionally, but encourages viewers to consider our psychologies and behaviours from all angles.”

James Wilton Dance were founded in 2010 and quickly amassed choreographic awards and critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Their most recent works LEVIATHAN, also performed at Salisbury Arts Centre, and Last Man Standing have accumulated over 170 performances, wowing audiences all over the world. Wilton has created works for Opera Graz, Scottish Dance Theatre, Ballet Hagen, Konzert Theatre Bern, Theatre Münster and for the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup 2013.

Tickets are on sale now and can be booked by calling Ticket Sales on 01722 320333 or by visiting www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk.

Press quotes

“Extraordinary” The Stage

“Handsomely crafted, ambitious and exciting” The Times

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About James Wilton Dance

James Wilton is quickly becoming known as one of the UK’s leading choreographers, renowned for creating breathtakingly physical choreography.  Since forming his company, James Wilton Dance has toured extensively both in the UK and Internationally to critical acclaim, winning numerous awards including The Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest, 3rd Prize at The International Choreographers Competition in Hannover ( 2012), winner of the Audience Prize at 16Masdanza, 3rd Prize at The Berner Tanzprize, being nominated for the Dance Award at the Manchester Theatre Awards with LEVIATHAN. 

Wilton has also choreographed and restaged works on many other leading companies, including Scottish Dance Theatre, Ballet Hagen, Oper Graz, Stadttheater Geissen, Konzert Theatre Bern and Tanztheater Münster. As well as choreographing for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Rugby League World Cup 2013. 

James is an associate artist at The Hall for Cornwall, Truro.

Salisbury Arts Centre is part of Wiltshire Creative, which incorporates Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Arts Centre was formerly St Edmund’s Church, named after St Edmund who taught “the arts” at Oxford in the early 13th Century. Salisbury Arts Centre was founded in 1975 and, from small beginnings, developed into a fully-fledged community arts centre with live performances, film screenings, visual arts exhibitions and a creative workshops programme.