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Isaac Julien, Untitled (The Ice Project), 2004. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London, and Metro Pictures, New York.

Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant
Read an interview with Isaac Julien in BOMB magazine here!
Visual artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien??™s first evening length production, Cast No Shadow, brings to life Julien??™s extraordinary triptych of films??“True North, Fant??me Afrique, and Small Boats??“in a remarkable work for the stage. In collaboration with acclaimed British choreographer Russell Maliphant, Cast No Shadow uses shifting geographical landscapes??“from the North Pole, to Burkina Faso, to Sicily??“and bodies in motion that at times seem to spill directly from the film onto the dance floor, to reveal deeply poignant stories of expedition and migration. Cast No Shadow, a PERFORMA Commission with Sadler??™s Wells (London) is co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella and co-produced by Espace Des Arts, Sc??ne Nationale de Chalon-sur-Sa??ne. It will premiere at Sadler??™s Wells in October and make its US premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of PERFORMA07 and BAM??™s 25th Next Wave Festival.

Cast No Shadow was first conceived by Isaac Julien over three years ago, when PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg suggested to him that he create a live performance out of his films. In 2005, Sadler??™s Wells joined PERFORMA as a Co-Commissioner and Producer of Cast No Shadow, and brought Russell Maliphant on board to collaborate with Julien on the project.

About the Artist
Isaac Julien first came to prominence in the film world with his 1989 feature Looking for Langston, gaining a cult following with this poetic exploration of Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance. This following grew in 1991 when his film Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize for best film at the Cannes Film Festival. One of the objectives of Julien's work is to break down the barriers that exist between different artistic disciplines, drawing from and commenting on film, dance, photography, music, theater, painting, and sculpture, and uniting these to construct a powerfully visual narrative. He was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2001, and in 2003 he won the Grand Jury Prize at the Kunst film Biennale in Cologne for his single screen version of Baltimore. His recent solo shows include Centre Pompidou, Paris (2005); MoCA, Miami (2005); and Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover (2006). He is represented in many private and public collections including Tate Modern; Centre Pompidou; Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington. Concurrently with Cast No Shadow, Isaac Julien??™s exhibition Small Boats will be on view at Metro Pictures, located at 519 West 24th Street, New York, from October 27-November 17.

Choreographer Russell Maliphant's language is one of form and dynamics??”fluid, elegant, and resonant. Acclaimed as one of Britain's finest and most celebrated dance artists, Maliphant is the winner of two Olivier Awards, two South Bank Show awards, a Critics' Circle National Dance Award, and two Time Out Live Awards. Maliphant's distinctive choreography has grown out of the disparate influences of his career??”ballet, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, yoga, capoeira, and tai chi; his training at the Royal Ballet School and early career with Sadler??™s Wells Royal Ballet was followed by a rich career in independent dance, working with companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre, Michael Clark & Company, Laurie Booth Company, and Rosemary Butcher. He founded his own company in 1996. To date Maliphant has created well over 20 dance works, for his own company and other renowned international companies and ensembles including Lyon Opera Ballet, George Piper Dances, and Batsheva Dance Company. In 2003, Maliphant created Broken Fall with Sylvie Guillem and George Piper Dances, with music by Barry Adamson. Broken Fall premiered at the Royal Opera House, London in December 2003 and marked the beginning of a collaborative relationship with Sylvie Guillem, which has produced the award-winning Solo and Push, seen at New York City Center in October 2006.

Credits
A PERFORMA Commission with Sadler's Wells for PERFORMA07 at the BAM 25th Next Wave Festival. Co-commissioned by Dance Umbrella (London). Produced by PERFORMA and Sadler's Wells.
Featuring the Russell Maliphant Company
Music by Paul Sch??tze
Lighting design by Michael Hulls

The PERFORMA Commissions program originates new performances by inviting artists??”many of whom have not worked ???live??™ before??”to create work especially for the PERFORMA biennial. Selected by PERFORMA Director RoseLee Goldberg, commissioned artists work closely with the PERFORMA production team from conceptualization to presentation, including international tours following the biennial.

Photo: Courtesy of the artist; Victoria Miro Gallery, London;
and Metro Pictures, New York

Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
Isaac Julien: Small Boats at Metro Pictures
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
Metro Pictures
Oct 30, 2007
10 am - 6 pm
FREE
The exhibition is on view Oct. 25-Nov. 20.

 


Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
Cast No Shadow
2007
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
BAM Harvey Theater
Nov 6, 2007
7:30 pm
$20, 30, 35, 45
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Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
Cast No Shadow
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
BAM Harvey Theater
Nov 8 - Nov 10, 2007
7:30 pm
$20, 30, 35, 45
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Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
BAMdialogue: Cast No Shadow
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
BAM Harvey Theater
Nov 8, 2007
9 pm
Post-show (FREE for same-day ticket-holders)


 


Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
Making History: Developing New Work
as part of PSI #13
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
The Judson Memorial Church
Nov 9, 2007
11 am
FREE


 


Isaac Julien & Russell Maliphant,
BAMtalk: Epic Journeys
A PERFORMA Commission

Showing at:
BAM Hillman Attic Studio
Nov 10, 2007
5 pm
$10
$5 Friends of BAM - Member
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