Media Release 22/04/2014
Let’s Dance International Festival 2014 presents
14-15 May 2014
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Silent Aria is an inspired new collaboration between acclaimed choreographer and contributor Henri Oguike, who returns to LDIF this year, established composer Philip Herbert and dancers Noora Kela and De Montfort University student Tara Lopez.
The score for Silent Aria will be made up of four movements, each revealing different characteristics in tempo and mood, along with influences of Baroque music, Minimalism, English Romanticism and tints of the African Diaspora. Here the expressive qualities of the oboe; performed by Philip White, will be revealed, accompanied by the piano.
The expressive choreography will form a responsive and intimate dialogue of sound and movement. Silent Aria features as part of Dance In Three Acts. The triple bill will also star L’Acadco: A United Caribbean Dance Force, with an emotive work choreographed by L’Anotinette Stines. Show of Hands, a witty and personal solo by Freddie Opoku-Addaie will also feature, and saw a sell-out performance at it’s premiere during Dance Umbrella.
Notes to the Editors
From an early age Philip Herbert’s prodigious talent for music was nurtured by his parents, and later at the Yorkshire College of Music, where he was awarded a scholarship to complete his musical studies at the piano, with the late Dr. John Foster, and Irene Ingram. In addition in formative years he also learned to play the flute, violin, and guitar and later dabbled with steel pans. He later went on to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at King Alfred’s College, Winchester, and later to read music at postgraduate level at Andrews University, Michigan USA. He also gained piano teaching and piano performing diplomas from the Royal Academy and Royal College of Music respectively.
Philip has studied the piano with such teachers as Diana Owen, Guy Johnston, John Owings and the late Kendall Taylor CBE. Owing to his passionate interest in choral
music and music for solo voice, he was awarded a Graduate Assistantship enabling him to work as accompanist to the late Dr. Harold Lickey, the Head of Vocal studies at Andrews University: who taught singers at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as being the director of the choral ensemble - The Andrews University
Singers. Philip also went on to study Choral conducting with the late Simon Johnson, Assistant Chorus Master to the Philharmonia Chorus. He was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Philip has taught music at all educational levels, as well as making music through composing, performing as a pianist and conducting. He has coordinated master classes, workshops and concert series; as well as devised courses and community projects for young people and adults, with creative4 and interactive contributions from some of Britain’s finest musicians, across an eclectic range of musical genres. He has also been involved in projects that have been broadcast on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 as well as BBC TV.
For further details about Philip’s work see www.philipherbert.org
Philip White has had a passion for music since a young age where he learnt clarinet, saxophone and bassoon until finally settling for the oboe. He has recently graduated from Birmingham conservatoire with a 2:1 BMus(Hons) under the tuition of Jenni Phillips, George Caird, Melinda Maxwell and Richard Weigall. He has performed as principal oboist with a variety of orchestras including the conservatoires symphony and repertoire orchestras, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia of Birmingham, Amadeus orchestra and the CBSO Youth Orchestra. He has also played as a member of the national youth orchestra of wales. With these orchestras he has performed concerts in many UK venues such as Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall, The Sage Gateshead, Exeter and Wells Cathedral, as well as touring abroad to Holland, Italy, France and Belgium. Philip is also a keen soloist; his recent performances include a concert of British contemporary oboe music by
Roxburgh, Birtwistle and Bainbridge. He is currently studying at the Royal College of Music.
Born in West Glamorgan, Nigerian/Welsh choreographer Henri Oguike studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and in 1994, became a founder member of the Richard Alston Dance Company performing with them until 1998. Later the same year, a snapped achilles tendon almost saw him bring his career to an end. In late 1999, he formed Henri Oguike Dance Company (HODC) which quickly made an impact, picking up the Time Out Live Award for the ‘Most Outstanding New Company’ in 2001.
Oguike has been dubbed one of the most musical choreographers of his generation. He has been drawn to a wide range of composers from Scarlatti to Shostakovich, Steve Martland and Ali Farka Toure. His adventurous spirit and passion for live music has seen him collaborate with internationally renowned musicians and music
ensembles including Pedro Carneiro, Iain Ballamy, Taiko Meantime, Pavou and the Britten Sinfonia orchestra. Oguike has been commissioned to make pieces for Phoenix Dance Theatre, Holland Dance Festival, Southbank Centre, Ballet Black, Wired Aerial Theatre, Companhia Nacional de Bailado (Portugal), Rambert Dance Company (UK) and Aterballetto (Italy).Films include 'Second Frame' for the Arte channel and 'Falling' for Channel 4.
The last decade has seen the Company flourish and win many plaudits, most notably the award for ‘Outstanding Repertoire (Modern)’ from the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. Henri has now re-launched himself as a freelance artist after twelve years as Artistic Director of HODC. Current projects include a unique collaboration with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Pawlet Brookes, Creative Producer
Pawlet Brookes brings a wealth of knowledge and experience of working in the Arts Sector internationally. Most recently as the Artistic Director of the Peepul Centre and Chief Executive of Rich Mix, the key to Pawlet’s success has been the development of rich and diverse creative programmes as demonstrated through her strong and visionary leadership. Silent Aria is a unique collaboration that bridges cultures and art forms which reflect the innovative programming and creativity associated with work produced, developed and showcased when working alongside Pawlet.
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