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Vangelis And Russell Maliphant Unite For New Sadler’s Wells Production, ‘The Thread’

Through producer Georgia Illiopoulou’s conception, The Thread’s promising young cast of 18 Greek dancers combines Greek traditional dance with Maliphant’s unique movement language.

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Making its world premiere at Sadler’s Wells, The Thread unites the rare talents of Olivier Award-winning choreographer Russell Maliphant and Oscar-winning composer Vangelis.

The new production premieres from Friday 15 March through to Sunday, 17 March, with the performances beginning at 7.30pm.  For tickets and further information, please visit Sadler’s Wells official website.

Through producer Georgia Illiopoulou’s conception, The Thread’s promising young cast of 18 Greek dancers combines Greek traditional dance with Maliphant’s unique movement language, exploring the changing forms of traditional and contemporary dance.

Featuring the explosive electronic music of Greek composer Vangelis, whose famous score for Chariots Of Fire won him an Oscar in 1982, The Thread sees Russell Maliphant and his partners unravel these transformations through the union of movement, music, costume and lighting design.

Costumes for The Thread are designed by award-winning fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, whose work is highly appreciated internationally.

Joining these exceptional creatives is Maliphant’s long-time collaborator, lighting designer Michael Hulls. Prior to its appearance in The Thread, Hulls’ work can be seen at Messums Wiltshire in installation Material Light until 24 February 2019.

Maliphant’s work can also be experienced in his own company’s much-anticipated new production Silent Lines, making its world premiere at DanceEast on 5 April, followed by a tour culminating in performances at Sadler’s Wells on 18 and 19 October.

As uDiscover Music previously reported, Vangelis released his new album Nocturne on Decca Records on 25 January 2019. A set of solo piano pieces, it features 11 new tracks plus new versions of some of his best-known work, including the title theme from Chariots Of Fire and the ‘Love Theme’ from Blade Runner.

Nocturne is the latest of Vangelis’ works to be linked to themes of science, history and exploration. In addition to his Academy Award-winning score for Chariots of Fire, he wrote the choral symphony ‘Mythodea’ for NASA’s 2001 mission to Mars, and the music for such films as Antarctica, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander. His music was also featured in the documentary series Cosmos by Carl Sagan.

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