by Alexander Whitley


Frames is choreographed by British dance’s hottest property Alexander Whitley. Twelve performers skilfully manipulate 70 interlocking metal bars, forming shapes, structures and spaces which, quite literally, frame their dancing in a different light.

Created in collaboration with artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen with music by Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason.

Read DanceTabs’ interview with Alexander Whitley.

'Celebratory and uplifting'

The Herald

Alexander Whitley
Daniel Bjarnason
Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen
Lighting Design:
Lee Curran

The commission of Alexander Whitley to create a new work for Rambert has been supported by The Marina Kleinwort Trust.

Premiere: Theatre Royal, Glasgow, on 5 March 2015

‘A fascinatingly inventive interplay between the steel structures and the patterns of the dancers bodies’

The Guardian

'A dance-work of mercurial imagination, of eager bravura in light or dark, and of brightest possibilities’

Financial Times


© Daniel JaemsAlexander Whitley

Alexander Whitley Dance Company is an associate company of Rambert.

Born in Penrith, U.K. Alexander Whitley trained at the Royal Ballet School and throughout his career has performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Michael Clark Company, Sydney Dance Company, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance and New Movement Collective, of which he is a founder-member.

Alexander has choreographed for the Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Balletboyz, Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, The Royal Ballet School, English National Ballet School and Northern School of Contemporary Dance amongst others. Independently he has created work for the Royal Opera House’s Summer Collection and Exposure: Dance programmes, created the short films Atelic and Vantage with Duckeye, collaborated with design artists Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen and most recently, created The Measures Taken, a full-length work incorporating motion-tracked interactive visuals in collaboration with digital arts studio Marshmallow Laser Feast.

Alexander has been an Affiliate Choreographer of the Royal Ballet Studio Programme, is a New Wave associate artist at Sadler’s Wells and his recently formed company, Alexander Whitley Dance Company, is an associate of Rambert. He has twice been nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Arts Foundation choreographic fellowship.

Daníel Bjarnason

Daníel Bjarnason studied piano, composition and conducting in Reykjavík, Iceland before leaving to study orchestral conducting at the Freiburg University of Music, Germany.

As a composer, Daníel has worked with many different orchestras and ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Ulster Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Performances of his compositions have been led by conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, John Adams, Ilan Volkov, André de Ridder, Anna-Maria Helsing and Alexander Mickelthwate. Daníel’s versatility has also led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field including Sigur Rós, Hjaltalín, Efterklang and Ben Frost.

Upcoming projects for Daniel include a premiere of a new work for large orchestra co-commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. The premiere will take place in March 2015 under the baton of Louis Langrée. A new work for Rambert in the UK and a string quartet for the Calder Quartet will also be premiered in the spring of 2015.

Daníel has released three albums on the Bedroom Community label, Processions (2010), Sólaris (2012) and Over Light Earth (2013).

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen

Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen’s work is occupied with broad meanings of material and production. They work across objects, installation, video and photography that explore processes of production as cultural, ethical and political practices. Their practice experiments with the use of design as an medium, reconfiguring processes, systems and organisms in order to question the context in which they operate.

Lee Curran

Lee worked with Alexander Whitley on The Measures Taken, and All That is Solid Melts into Air, at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, and The Grit in The Oyster at Sadlers Wells. For Rambert he previously lit Curious Conscience, choreographed by Rafael Bonachela.

Other dance credits include: Sun, Political Mother, In Your Rooms and Uprising for Hofesh Shechter, and work with Liz Roche, James Cousins,  Jonzi D, and Candoco.  Forthcoming work includes new pieces for the Royal Ballet and Hofesh Shechter.

Theatre credits include Constellations (New York/West End/Royal Court); Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Blindsided (Royal Exchange Manchester); Love’s Sacrifice, Arden of Faversham (Royal Shakespeare Company); Mametz (NT Wales); Protest Song (National Theatre, Shed); A Number (Nuffield); Regeneration and Dancing at Lughnasa (Northampton); and The Sacred Flame (ETT/Rose Kingston).

Opera credits include Ottone and Life on the Moon for English Touring Opera, and Nabucco for Opera National de Lorraine.

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