by Patricia Okenwa


Hydrargyrum is choreographed by Patricia Okenwa, a dancer with the company 2004 – 2016.

Set to original music by Serbian/US composer Aleksandra Vrebalov, Hydrargyrum features six dancers. The piece explores ideas of connection and disconnection, the individual and the mass, in Okenwa’s distinctive, grounded and powerful movement style.

The title is an archaic name for mercury, or liquid silver: a reflective medium with the potential to transform, and to poison, that is fluid when all others of its kind are solid.

Patricia Okenwa
Aleksandra Vrebalov
Set and costume design:
Jon Bausor
Lighting design:
Charles Balfour

Premiere: New Victoria Theatre, Woking 3 March 2016

patricia okenwa biog onlyHydrargyrum is Patricia’s first piece for Rambert’s touring repertoire and has been mentioned in Dance Europe’s Critic’s Choice 2016 as a new name to watch.

In 2015, Patricia was commissioned to create Ride, a solo for the grand final of BBC Young Dancer performed by the eventual winner Connor Scott, at Sadler’s Wells and broadcast on BBC2.

Patricia recently collaborated as a movement director on Torn by Nathaniel Martello-White directed by Richard Twyman at Royal Court Theatre.

Future commisions in 2017 include Edge Dance Company and Music Art London.

Recent works include II. Void (2015), commissioned by Dance West for Ignition Dance Festival 2015, No.1 Convergence (2014), Solo (2013), Three Pieces (2014). Ensemble works include Memoria (2013) and Hold Me (2010). Patricia has collaborated with composers Cheryl Frances- Hoad, Kate Whitley, Mark Bowden, Troy Banarzi, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Gabriel Prokofiev, the rock band Big Linda, Geoff and James Holroyde as well as stage designers Georg Meyer-Wiel and Hyemi Shin.

Patricia’s work has been performed as part of Rambert’s Evenings of New Choreography at the Place, the Lilian Baylis Theatre at Sadler’s Wells, the Linbury Studio and Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House, Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, Ignition at Rose Theatre Kingston and the Royal Ballet Studio as part of Draft Works National, and in Spain.

Patricia is a founding member of New Movement Collective, a visionary collective of choreographers in search of revolutionary ways to create work in unusual collaborations and challenging locations. In 2013 and 2014 New Movement Collective were nominated for a Critics Circle National Dance Award for best independent company.

As a dancer, Patricia has 14 years of professional experience working with some of the world’s most prolific choreographers. Before joining Rambert, Patricia danced for Rafael Bonachela , Andile Sotiya, Kim Brandstrup’s Ark Dance company and Emilyn Claid.

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