Leigh Warren Dance (LWD) presented the world premiere of Artistic Director Daniel Jaber’s new work in July 2015
A Dying Swan
A Dying Swan wasa solo work created by Jaber for UK Spotlight Award Winner (Best Female Dancer in the UK) Kialea-Nadine Williams. This exciting site specific performance will be staged in the company’s loft style premises, located at the Lion Arts Centre, Adelaide
A touching, and deeply moving, one-woman show based on eternal love, A Dying Swan utilises Jaber’s signature movement aesthetic matched with an intense theatricality and narrative that we can all share and relate to; the story of love lost.
From Daniel Jaber:
Creative intuition, it’s something unexplained. There is no doubt that Kialea is one of our nation’s finest performers. She possesses a versatility, strength and bravery that is utterly unique. I have wanted to work with Kialea on a solo piece for many years. And for some unexplained reason, I have always based this wish on the iconic Fokine ballet from 1905 “The Dying Swan”.
Swans' unions are sometimes sustained for a lifetime. Swans are a symbol for love.
The concept of partnership is expressed on a divine level in Hinduism, wherein the swan graces vibrant traditions as the Hamsa Bird. In the Saundarya Lahari (Waves of Beauty), two swans (Ham and Sa) pair together, swimming around in the divine mind, living on honey from the blooming lotus of knowledge.
Romantic partnership, death, being left alone, and eternal love, form the basis of our metaphorical exploration of this iconic Saint-Saens masterpiece.
Recently Kialea and I merged forces to work at the wonderful Leigh Warren Dance - Kialea as Education Manager and myself as Artistic Director. Kialea performed in the first independent work I ever made, in 2008 called “Swanhilda is a Punk”. It seems fitting to now to create a work on her that is significant, and special to her. Due to our close personal relationship, I feel that this creative process will be inherently intimate and gives me the opportunity to create a deeply personal and emotionally rigorous work. We have a deep understanding of each other, our pasts, our dreams and ambitions, and what we hope for.
PERFORMANCES: July 10 @ 6.30pm (sold out), July 12 @ 5.30pm, July 16 @ 6.30pm and July 18 @ 6.30pm
WHERE: LWD Studio, 1st Fl Lion Arts Centre, Cnr Morphett St and North Tce Adelaide