‘Monolith is inspired by places of monumental greatness and the people who formed them with their presence, beliefs and mysteries. The stage is set as a landscape with several petrified or fossilized towers which mark an opening, a man-made construction and a place of gathering and work.’

Tim Rushton choreographer

Tim Rushton
Peteris Vasks
Tim Rushton
Charlotte Østergaard
Lighting Design:
Tim Rushton
Malcolm Glanville

Premiere: Festival Theatre, Edinburgh on Wednesday 16 February 2011.

'Moving, powerful and utterly engaging'

The Scotsman

Created by Tim Rushton, artistic director of Danish Dance Theatre, Monolith is inspired by mystical energies which haunt sites of man-made gathering places. The rhythms of Peteris Vasks’ gutsy score are the perfect backdrop to Rushton’s work.

Dancers: Pieter Symonds, Eryck Brahmania & Jonathan Goddard.


© Henrik StenbergTim Rushton

Born in 1963 in Birmingham, Tim was educated at The Royal Ballet School in London and was an active dancer, mainly with companies in northern Europe, until the mid-1990s. He ended his career as a dancer at The Royal Danish Ballet in order to focus on choreography, gaining rapid respect as creator of modern dance using classical technique, and was commissioned by many dance and ballet companies. He has been nominated for, and won, numerous awards for his work.

In 2001 Tim was appointed Artistic Director of Danish Dance Theatre, where he is credited as very quickly rebooting the company with a new strong artistic profile. Since his appointment, the company has developed into a remarkable institution, producing fascinating pieces and events both nationally and internationally. In 2004 he and the company made their debut at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, USA. In 2009 Danish Dance Theatre moved into Dansehallerne – its permanent home in the heart of Copenhagen. Tim was awarded the MBE, for services to dance, in 2011’s New Year’s Honours list.

Peteris VasksPeteris Vasks

Pēteris Vasks was born in Latvia and began his musical education in his local town of Aizpute. He later produced his first compositions while studying the double bass at the Emils Darzins Music School in Riga. Vasks continued his studies with Vytautas Sereika at the Lithuanian Conservatory in Vilnius before undertaking military service in the Soviet Army in 1970. His orchestral career had already began as early as 1961 as a member of various symphony and chamber orchestras, including the Latvian Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and the Latvian Radio and Television Orchestra. In the seventies, Vasks studied compositio with Valentin Utkin at the Latvian Music Academy in Riga, and subsequently was a teacher of music in Salacgriva, Zvejniekciems and Jelgava and of composition at the Emils Darzins Musikschule in Riga. Choral music is of major importance to him and his instrumental works are performed around the world by renowned musicians and frequently used by choreographers.

Charlotte OstergaardCharlotte Østergaard

Fashion designer Charlotte Østergaard launched her exclusive womenswear brand Charlotte Østergaard Copenhagen in1999; a sculptural line inspired by Japanese aesthetics and Nordic design understanding, where comfort and functionality are paramount. All designs feature a twist of pleat. Since 2005 she has been running her own business and studio in Copenhagen. Along with her fashion line, Charlotte creates costumes for modern dance and has designed for several award-winning pieces including Kridt by Danish Dance Theatre and The Mirror by Kitt Johnson/X-Act. She has also designed for Norwegian Royal Ballet, Swedish Royal Ballet and Skänes Dansteater. Charlotte began collaborating with Tim Rushton and Danish Dance Theatre in 2003. Charlotte very often exhibits her work and has received grants from, among others, the Danish Arts Agency, to do so. She also teaches emerging artists at the Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance.

Malcolm Glanville

Born in England, Malcolm Glanville started his career in professional theatre in 1975 at the Hippodrome Theatre, Bristol, as a production electrician. During the following three years he worked with all the major British touring opera and ballet companies, including Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Welsh National Opera, London Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet), and the Royal Ballet.

In 1979 he joined the then Ballet Rambert as Chief Electrician, touring extensively with the Company in Britain, Europe and America. In 1989 he became Rambert Dance Company’s Technical Director, primarily responsible for relighting works by lighting designers such as John B Read, Peter Mumford, Joop Caboort, Howell Binkley and Paul Gallo. Malcolm Glanville has lit numerous pieces by Rambert dancers, which have been integrated into the Company’s repertoire, as well as working on British tours of the Moscow Classical Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and the Kirov Ballet. He has also designed the lighting for Hymnos and Dealing with Shadows, both choreographed by Richard Alston, Jupiter is Crying and Port for Angels by Per Jonsson, 7DS for Didy Veldman and Meeting Point for Christopher Bruce.

In addition he has recreated the lighting for Dark Elegies by Anthony Tudor, Airs by Paul Taylor, Cruel Garden by Christopher Bruce, and The Golden Section from The Catherine Wheel by Twyla Tharp.

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