‘an astonishing virtuoso... a performer touched by greatness, entirely sure in his physical and creative means’ Clement Crisp, Financial Times
Laurie Booth has over twenty years of training, research and performance to his credit and he is acknowledged to be one of contemporary dances? most influential figures.
ICE/DREAMS/FIRE is the new critically acclaimed production choreographed and performed by award winning choreographer Laurie Booth. Originally commissioned by the Brighton Festival and premiered at the Corn Exchange, Brighton in May 2003, ICE/DREAMS/FIRE has launched a new phase in Booth’s creativity and performing prowess. Having been presented as part of the 25th Dance Umbrella Festival in October 2003, the production is soon to be seen as part of the New Territories season in Glasgow in February 2004 and is subsequently available for touring.
'The sensational ICE/DREAMS/FIRE'
The Independent Oct 2003
Inspired by the archaeological discovery in the 1970s of frozen and elaborately tattooed bodies, perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost for the past 6,000 years, Ice/Dreams/Fire is a physical, visual and aural elegy to our frozen ancestors.
Created by Booth in collaboration with composer & musician Nick Rothwell [Cassiel], visual artist Thomas Richards and Lighting Designer Michael Mannion ICE/DREAMS/FIRE evokes a spellbinding landscape filled with strange and beautiful imagery and sound. As Richards? elegant, ever-changing environment of thawing ice sculptures dissolve, their drips feed into the sound-scape of Rothwell?s live electronic score to create a reflective and haunting environment within which Booth is at his mesmerizing best.
'Shape changing magic'
The Guardian Oct 2003
Awards Laurie has received include: a Time Out Dance and Performance Award (1990); a Digital Dance Award (1991) and a Barclays New Stages Award(1994). Recent key works include: Wonderlawn (1994) with Gavin Bryars and Duncan MacAskill which premiered at Royal Court Theatre; Stormgarden (1996) with Russell Maliphant, Hans Peter Kuhn and Paul Burwell; ACT/ual f/ACT/ual (1997) with Scanner - aka Robin Rimbaud and Tim Head - and Nightwalk (1999). Laurie has also created work for other companies, including Completely Birdland (1991) for Rambert Dance Company); Deep Field Line (1993) for Dutch National Ballet and Generic Signatures (1999) for Union Dance Co. Laurie teaches extensively and currently teaches at Varndean College and is a Gyrotonic Instructor working out of the studio he runs in Brighton.
'Booth can invest the simplest things with greatness, a dancer at his creative and physical peak' Sunday Telegraph May 2003
See ICE/DREAMS/FIRE at the New Territories Festival
24th and 25th February 2004, The Tron, Glasgow.
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