U.K.'s Henri Oguike Dance Company to Make U.S. Debut at Jacob's Pillow

Classic Arts News   U.K.'s Henri Oguike Dance Company to Make U.S. Debut at Jacob's Pillow
Henri Oguike Dance Company will make its American debut at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts this summer, performing four U.S. premieres.

Well received by the English press and little known in the U.S., the company will present White Space, Tiger Dancing, Expression Lines and Second Signal.

Set to the music of Domenico Scarlatti, White Space involves dancers responding to the percussive plucking of the harpsichord against projected images resembling the work of Piet Mondrian.

The playful Tiger Dancing is based on William Blake's poem, The Tyger, and set to music commissioned from Steve Martland, a former student of Louis Andriessen.

A solo dance, Expression Lines features company founder Henri Oguike dancing to blues by Malian guitarist Ali Farka Tour_.

The fierce rhythms of the British drumming ensemble Taiko Meantime support Second Signal, which The Independent of London has called "the most explosive piece of British dance in years." The work is a repeat of the company's popular work, Signal (2004), created for London's Phoenix Dance Theatre.

The 36-year-old Oguike founded his company in 1999. Born in Wales to a Nigerian father and Welsh mother, he studied at the London Contemporary Dance School and worked with choreographer Richard Alston, whose company he co-founded in 1994.

Oguike received the Time Out Live Award for Most Outstanding New Company in 2001, and has been called "one of the brightest hopes of British contemporary dance" by London's Daily Telegraph.

Now in its 75th season, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival will present Henri Oguike Dance Company in six performances starting August 15.

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