RPS Drummond Fund commissions

Works supported by the RPS Drummond Fund since 2008

2020 - Ayanna Witter-Johnson // Alesandra Seutin // Vocab Dance
This year the Drummond Fund is supporting this live dance theatre piece created by Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Alesandra Seutin. Blending traditional African dances with contemporary language, they ask, 'How does one survive in a system that does not always embrace you?' A poem of the same name was written by Gwendolyn Brooks, the first black female poet in the United States to receive a Pulitzer Prize. Ayanna and Alesandra hope it speaks to and inspires audiences of all colours, especially those who do not often see themselves represented on stage. The work will be performed in Belgium and the UK.

Composer - Ayanna Witter-Johnson
Choreographer - Alesandra Seutin
Producer Grace Okereke

First staged performance: 24 April 2020, KVS Belgium (with recorded music)

We will update our website with details of performances once they are known.

2020 - Daniel Elms // Alexander Whitley // Manchester Collective

We are pleased to announce this new collaboration to be supported in the coming year by the RPS Drummond Fund. Daniel Elms and Alexander Whitley are each making a name for their orthodoxy-challenging and genre-stretching practices. Together they will address issues of geographical and cultural inaccessibility to contemporary art through a work that is nimble, intimate and free from the restrictions of tradition. The work will be developed over 2020 and performed by Alexander Whitley Dance Company and Manchester Collective, in the unconventional venues of regional and, in their words, post-industrial Britain.
Composer - Daniel Elms
Choreographer - Alexander Whitley

We will update our website with details of performances once they are known.

2019 - Gabriel Prokofiev // Didy Veldman // Birmingham Royal Ballet
[UN]LEASHED is the latest Drummond Fund commission, for performance at Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadlers Wells in London in June 2019. The Fund not only supported the commission but also helped the creative team embark on a residency to share ideas and shape the work.
- Gabriel Prokofiev
- Didy Veldman

First staged performance: 12 June 2019, Birmingham Hippodrome

2016 - David Sawer // Aletta Collins // Royal Ballet // London Sinfonietta
APRIL \ MARCH co-commissioned by the RPS Drummond Fund and BBC Radio 3, with support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. First musically performed before a thrilling digital installation at the Roundhouse as part of the BBC Proms in 2019, the long-intended first ballet performance was finally fulfilled by the Royal Ballet on the re-opening of its sumptuously-renovated Linbury Theatre in 2019.
Composer - David Sawer
Choreographer - Aletta Collins

World premiere: 20 August 2016, BBC Proms, Roundhouse, London (concert performance)

First staged performance: 6 February 2019, Royal Ballet, Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, London.

2015 - Elena Kats-Chernin // Shobana Jeyasingh // Smith Quartet
MATERIAL MEN is a virtuoso piece for two dazzling performers, Sooraj Subramaniam and Shailesh Bahoran of the Indian diaspora, who contrast in style between classical and hip hop in a dynamic exploration of rhythm, location and shared history.
Composer - Elena Kats-Chernin
Choreographer - Shobana Jeyasingh

World premiere: 16 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

2011 - Kenneth Hesketh // Sharon Watson // Phoenix Dance // Psappha
FORMS ENTANGLED, SHAPES COLLIDED is the title of the score written for Repetition of Change. The collaboration takes its inspiration from Greek philosophy and the theory of atomism – the idea that the world consists of two fundamental principles; atoms and void.
Composer - Kenneth Hesketh
Choreographer - Sharon Watson

2011 - Dario Palermo // Ben Duke // Dance Umbrella
THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE was inspired by Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée, this piece explores time travel, the power of the imagination and the relationship between the physical body and virtual reality.
Composer - Dario Palermo
Choreographer - Ben Duke

2011 - Julian Philips // Mickael Marso Riviere // Company Declage // Aurora Orchestra
MAXAMORPHOSIS juxtaposes ‘breaking’ (breakdance) and orchestral music. The piece was created especially for Aurora's Principal Viola Max Baillie - a trained dancer as well as an instrumentalist.
Composer - Julian Philips
Choreographer - Mickael Marso Riviere

2008 - Terry Mann // Rosemary Lee Projects // Greenwich Dance
COMMON DANCE is a 30-minute large-scale folk dance and music performance for a mixed–age cast of fifty professional and non-professional dancers, co-produced by Greenwich Dance.
Composer - Terry Mann
Choreographer - Rosemary Lee

2008 - Julian Anderson // Mark Baldwin // Rambert Dance
COMEDY OF CHANGE is a 30-minute concert work to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species, commissioned by the RPS Drummond Fund and Asko Ensemble.
Composer - Julian Anderson
Choreographer - Mark Baldwin

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