Three dancers ©Valérie Frossard

Dance Umbrella: The Future Bursts In

2426 October 2019
The performance lasts around 2 hours, including one interval
Linbury Theatre
Ballet and dance
These works are performed together:
  • Somewhere in the Middle of Infinity
  • For Four Walls
  • Sounddance

Two international companies present a second Linbury programme to mark the Merce Cunningham Centennial. Amala Dianor performs Somewhere in the Middle of Infinity, in which three dancers test borders and boundaries as hip hop, African and contemporary dance clash with creative force. CCN – Ballet de Lorraine performs two works. For Four Walls explores the fluid interactions between past and present, taking inspiration from a 1944 collaboration between Cunningham and composer John Cage. Cunningham’s Sounddance (1975) completes the programme with an ‘organized chaos’ and frenetic energy that challenges concepts of symmetry and conformity in the idea of ballet itself.

Thanks to:

Part of Dance Umbrella 2019. This is a Dance Umbrella production in partnership with The Royal Ballet.

Thanks to:

Amala Dianor is supported by the Institut français as part of France Dance UK



Somewhere in the Middle of Infinity

MusicAwir Leon

Lighting designerFabien Lamri

Video designerOlivier Gilquin and Constance Joliff

For Four Walls

MusicJohn Cage

Set designerPetter Jacobsson and Thomas Caley

Costume designerPetter Jacobsson, Thomas Caley, Martine Augsbourger and Annabelle Saintier

Lighting designerEric Wurtz


MusicDavid Tudor

DesignerMark Lancaster

Lighting designerMark Lancaster

StagingMeg Harper and Thomas Caley


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