Award-winning dancer, choreographer and Rambert alumni, Dane Hurst, will bring a newly commissioned contemporary dance piece to the spaces of Dulwich Picture Gallery this September. The work will bring to life the tension and energy of Winifred Knights’ apocalyptic masterpiece, The Deluge, currently on display as part of Winifred Knights: 1899 – 1947.

Following the success of last year’s sell-out performances of Prud’hon: The Moving Body, Dane Hurst & Company return with Exodus (6-11 September), inspired by the narrative and characters within Knights’ contemporary depiction of the biblical flood. The performances will capture the dramatic movement of the fleeing figures, their individual stories and the ensuing sense of chaos.

Through a series of intimate vignettes located around the Gallery, the audience will be invited to tailor their own theatrical experience during the first half. In the second the dancers will come together in a climactic dance performance down the Gallery’s central space; a physical portrayal of the dramatic tension and energy of the painting. Materials will be provided on entry should guests wish to capture memories of the evening through life drawing.

The vignettes have been created by Hurst to a selection of compositions from ‘Floodplain’, an energetic and powerful album by the award-winning Kronos Quartet; which mirrors the desperation of the characters depicted in The Deluge.

This unique event has been created exclusively for Dulwich Picture Gallery by Dane Hurst in collaboration with an eclectic team of creatives including set designer Natalie Favaloro and costume designer, Nicolai Hart Hansen.

Tues – Weds (Previews): £20, £15 Students

Thurs, Sat & Sun: £35, £30 Friends/Concessions

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