A selection of Dance Films created during lockdown
'Space Oddity' is a digital dance performance created in 2021 by Chantry Dance.
Inspired by, and in homage to the genius of David Bowie, the piece is filmed with a nod to the nostalgia of early music videos. Ground Control speaks to Major Tom from a burning world, while Tom floats in the void, far away from the troubles of the Earth.
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM: Ground Control - Callie Coyle Major Tom - Rae Piper Concept and choreography - Rae Piper Filming - Rodrigo A. Carter Editing - Rae Piper Creative Consultants - Gail Gordon & Paul Chantry
Life On Mars
'Life on Mars' continues Chantry Dance's series of films that pay tribute to the genius of David Bowie, who sadly left us to return to the stars 5 years ago.
This intensely personal piece is choreographed and performed by Chantry's co-Artistic Director Rae Piper, in which we witness the dancer struggle to reconcile with the world, and the conflicting pull of the realities she lives in.
References and symbols relating to personal life events abound in this piece, and it is a rare chance to see a portrait of the dancer's life in which she performs entirely as herself - free from being concealed by a theatrical character. The dancer ironically appears utterly uncomfortable in her home environment. Dance is the medium through which she is able to process life, and the dance studio becomes her reality, her 'planet', that is a metaphor for the life on Mars she seeks.
Although the piece is highly personal to the dancer, undoubtedly some of the themes it explores and questions it asks may resonate with many of us. For example, the dancer wonders where she fits, if she truly belongs on this world, why the world is so senseless and cruel, and ultimately she asks whether there is something more to life than the reality we know?
CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM: Choreography and performance - Rae Piper Filming - Rodrigo A. Carter Editing - Rae Piper Creative Consultant - Gail Gordon Dance Consultant - Elizabeth Haslam and introducing Blue, the German Shorthaired Pointer with special thanks to DancePointe, Grantham
Chantry Dance proudly presents 'LA DANZA' - a digital performance created by the company during lockdown.
'La Danza' celebrates the joy of dance no matter where it is performed - in a field, the woods, a garden or even a front room!
We hope you enjoy this performance brought to you by the dancers of the company: Isaac Bowry, Michelle Buckley, Shannon Parker, Clair Corruble-Cabot, Vincent Cabot, Rae Piper, Alexandra Harris, Jenny Logan, David Beer, Jack Webb and Paul Chantry.