James Wilton Dance presents: Leviathan

LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.

Multi-award winning choreographer James Wilton re-imagines Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick.

Featuring a cast of 6, Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, LEVIATHAN will have you on the edge of your seat. It will leave you gasping for air under the sheer ferocity of movement, all accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.

LEVIATHAN is man versus nature; be careful what you fish for.

Commissioned by: The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Ocean City Festival, Swindon Dance, The Place, Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian and BBC Performing Arts Fund, with support from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.

Wednesday 8 May 2019
‘Utterly and emotionally moving work. Congrats to James and Sarah and company, inspiring to the YDA’s, so many filmic moments and choreography to translate to the screen – wow’
Audience Member
"James Wilton is showing himself as one of the UK’s great masterminds of physical movement and exploration"
Garth Gratrix, Altblackpool
"You have to admire the breath-taking virtuosity and split-second synchronisation of the movement in this work. I don’t think I’ve seen such precision and perfection in a contemporary ensemble, and even the world’s best classical companies rarely approach this level of physical discipline.”
Robert Beale, Manchester Theatre Awards
“Such concentrated, breathless energy can only be experienced, never just de-scribed...and an opera audience stomping their feet and whipping up a storm of ap-plause at a contemporary dance show is equally hard to imagine”
Eveline Koberg, www.tanz.at
“James Wilton’s CAVE was a dazzling display of relentless physicality.”
Jefferey Gordon Baker Londondance.com
“James Wilton, the new mover and shaker of the contemporary dance world.”
Libby Costelo, www.londonlist.com