Words Worth

Under the discerning artistic direction of Yolande Yorke-Edgell, Yorke Dance Project is building a reputation for ambitious and diverse work. Its 2012 programme Words Worth featured premieres by Anton Du Beke, John Pennington, Alessio Barbarossa and Yorke-Edgell herself.

Noted, Yolande Yorke-Edgell‘s new work for her company of eight dancers, is based on letters spanning five centuries written by historic or iconic figures. Their themes include humour, tragedy, excitement, beauty and anger: Madame De Sevigne’s day-to-day gossip paints a vivid picture of 17th century France in the time of Louis XIV; Johann Sebastian Bach writes an overly grateful letter to his patron; Queen Victoria expresses the extremity of her passion for husband Prince Albert; Marilyn Monroe writes to her psychiatrist after being committed to a clinic in New York suffering from mental exhaustion; and Hunter S Thompson rants at film executive Holly Sorensen about the adaptation of one of his novels.

The music for Noted is composed by the winners of the Young Composers Competition, launched by Yorke-Edgell and supported by the Causeway Foundation.

Anton Du Beke’s first work for the company, Easy to Love, is his first foray into contemporary dance. He brings his wit, charm and exceptional talent to a series of duets and double duets inspired by the glamour of old-school Hollywood. Expect a touch of Fred and Ginger…

Choreographer Bella Lewitzky has been a constant source of inspiration for Yorke-Edgell since she danced with the company between 1994 and 1998 . For Words Worth, LA-based choreographer John Pennington, a Lewitzky dancer for fourteen years and now director of Pennington Dance Group, has re mounted three solos from his acclaimed work “The Goodman Dances” for the company.

Sardinian choreographer Alessio Barbarossa showcases his unique style of movement in the UK for the first time with a dynamic duet for Maurizio Montis and Valentino Porcu.

The programme is completed by Yorke-Edgell’s 2010 work City Limitless, a journey across America through the words and music of beat generation writer and artist Jack Kerouac. Elegant, witty and smart, the piece is set to a score featuring original recordings by Kerouac and friends such Allen Ginsberg as well as the music that inspired him, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

Words Worth will be performed by Pari Naderi, Caroline Hotchkiss, Jack Jones, Maurizio Montis, Valentino Porcu, Amy Thake, Hannah Windows, Alistair Postlethwaite and Yolande Yorke-Edgell.


Thursday 20 September at 7.30pm

ICIA, University of Bath                               World Premiere
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
Box office: 01225 386777

Saturday 22 September at 7.30pm

The Theatre on the Hill, Marlborough
Granham Hill, Marlborough SN8 4AX
Box Office: 01249 701628

Tuesday 2 & Wednesday 3 October at 7.30pm

Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse
11 – 12 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2LW
Box Office: 01865 305 305

Thursday 18 October at 7.30pm

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton
School Road, Taunton TA2 8PD
Box Office: 01823 414141

Friday 2 November at 7.30pm

Town Hall Theatre, Swindon
Regent Circus, Swindon SN1 1QF
Box Office: 01793 601 700

Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 November at 7.45pm

Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London
Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4TN
Box Office: 0844 412 4300