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Leviathan 7:30pm, Wednesday 11 October Aberystwyth Arts Centre     

7:30pm, Wednesday 11 October 
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cornish choreographer, James Wilton, returns to the stage in February 2017, with his latest show: LEVIATHAN.

Inspired by Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick, the show originally toured in Autumn 2016, to much acclaim. The show, his most ambitions stage production yet, brings Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, back to the stage, having enjoyed much national and international success in recent years.

LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.

‘I’ve always had a fascination with the relationship between man and nature. What interests me most is the way that we fear each other before we fear nature. We worry about other people and the dangers they can do more than we fear the awesome power of the planet,’ says James. ‘For me, Moby Dick represents someone trying, and ultimately failing to conquer nature. The futility of the pursuit, combined with the maniacal obsession of Ahab make for a compelling story and one I am eager to re-create and re-imagine.’

Featuring a cast of 7 dancers including James himself, LEVIATHAN promises edge of your seat, ferocity of movement that James’ work is recognized for. All accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.

James’ most recent work, Last Man Standing, toured to over 60 venues during 2014/15 and was seen by over 15,000 people. Since they began, James Wilton Dance has performed in 15 countries around the world. LEVIATHAN was commissioned by The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth University, Plymouth Culture and Ocean City Festival, Swindon Dance, The Place, Blackpool Grand, Barnsley Civic, The Gulbenkian and BBC Performing Arts Fund, with support from Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts.

LEVIATHAN is set to tour across the UK in Spring/Summer 2017 and will be at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 11 October. Tickets are available from the Arts Centre Box Office on 01970 62 32 32 or online at
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