June 5 /Monday/, 7 pm
State Puppet Theatre Plovdiv
Pett I Clausen - Knight - United Kingdom
What lies beneath our connection to another human and in particular what is the hidden voice that shares the truth of that connection? Are we truly ourselves or simply constructed through another, darker influence?
Imago questions the nature of our human condition seen from the perspective of hidden dysfunctions in relationships, experienced in different intoxications that alter, shape and deform the self as well as our relationships.
Choreographer: Travis Clausen-Knight
Dancers: Travis Clausen-Knight & James Pett
Residency: Moonwalk Studio
Composer: Sean Pett
Images: Erminando Aliaj
Videography Giulio Tonelli
2021 Baltic Pearl Art Life Dance Festival, St Petersburg
2021 - Singapore Fringe Festival January
2022 - Florence Dance Festival
2022 - Exister Festival, Milan Italy
Teatro Grande Brescia Italy
APAP New York
Festival Morelos Danza - Mexico
Bangkok Arts Cultural Centre, Tailand
Oxford Playhouse UK - Autumn 2023
South African born, Travis, has developed a significant career in dance having danced for choreographers such as Wayne McGregor CBE, Michael Clark, Matthew Bourne, Bawren Tavaziva, Holly Noble, Tim Podesta and Alexander Whitley.
An award-winning choreographer, he has choreographed several international solos, duets and ensemble works - such as Salt To Water, SHIO to MIZU, Linear, Exposure, ProXimity, Stutter and Informal Between which have all premiered internationally in countries such as Japan, Australia, Italy and London. In 2020, he received the Korean International Contemporary Dance Competition Award for best choreography.
His unbridled and collaboratively creative nature has been a catalyst to his directing and developing multi-faceted performances and projects with acclaimed artists and companies such as Spike Silverton, an experimental projection and visual artist, Chris Lunney, Brooklyn based artist of Hovver, John Lam, Principal artist of Boston Ballet and many more. His curiosity towards creativity has also led to several collaborations with fashion designers and brands, including Nick Knight, Gareth Pugh, Demo Fashion, Kawakey, COS and Cerruti 1881. He continues collaborations with visual and digital artists towards creating unique dance experiences in film and as installation concepts such as his soon to be released A Space Le# Blank.
James Pett competed as a gymnast for ten years before graduating from the Laban Dance Centre with a first-class degree and was awarded The Marion North Award for outstanding achievement in performance. From 2011-2013 James danced for Richard Alston Dance Company.
James joined Company Wayne McGregor in 2013, where he toured several of Wayne McGregor’s works internationally over 6 years. It was with McGregor’s production Tree of Codes, that James performed alongside dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet, including Etoile Marie-Agnes Gillot. The work has been performed worldwide including at The Park Armory in New York, Palais Garnier Paris, Sadler’s Wells London, and Melbourne and Sydney Festivals.
2018 saw James further performing as part of the BBC Performance Live, an immersive performance called Winged Bull in the Elephant Case directed by Robin Friend and Wayne McGregor CBE.
In 2019, James became an Associate Artist of Fabula Collective and presented the triple bill Elevation at the Cerulean Noh Theatre in Tokyo, Japan. During that year, James was also selected to be the international guest artist in the Bangkok City Ballet gala in Thailand, where he created Unfolding.