'Still Life' at the Penguin Cafe key facts

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Who choreographed 'Still Life'?
David Bintley
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Which companies have performed 'Still Life'?
The Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet
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When was 'Still Life' first performed?
March 1988 (By the Royal Ballet)
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What is the dance style of 'Still Life'?
Modern ballet mixed with social and cultural styles to suggest geographical location. This includes English Morris dancing, South American Carnival style dance, and African dance. There are also references to contemporary and post-modern dance.
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What choreographic style is used?
A range of styles and cultural influences are combined in an Episodic structure to tackle the political theme. Characterization and humour are used to good effect in a theatrical fashion.
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What is the theme of 'Still Life'?
Endangered Species
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What are the three starting points/stimuli of 'Still Life'?
The music by Simon Jeffes' Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the Album Cover by Emily Young, The Doomsday Book of Animals by David Day
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What is the structure of 'Still Life'?
Episodic, with eight sections
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How many dancers perform in 'Still Life'?
Nine soloists, plus the corps de ballet
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Who composed the accompaniment for 'Still Life'?
Simon Jeffes
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Describe the accompaniment for 'Still Life'.
Composed for the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and re-orchestrated for the Royal Opera House/Birmingham Royal Ballet orchestras, the music is orchestral, with classical, rock, and folk influences.
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Who designed the costume for 'Still Life'?
Hayden Griffin
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Describe the costumes in 'Still Life'.
Human and animal characteristics are combined in a dream-like way, with masks and headdresses having animal features such as horns and antennae. The costume and accessories also have cultural and social references.
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Who designed the lighting for 'Still Life'?
John B Read
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Describe the lighting in 'Still Life'.
Lighting is used to indicate the beginning and end of acts, while follow spots highlight dancers. Colour is used to enhance the mood, with bright colours in the first half leading into dark, dramatic lighting towards the end.
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Who designed the set for 'Still Life'?
Hayden Griffin
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Describe the set design of 'Still Life'.
The whole dance is set in a cafe with tables and chairs. After the opening scene, the dances take place on a bare stage, with ever-changing colourful backdrops giving a sense of environment, climate and scale. Props include waiter's trays.
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What type of staging is used in 'Still Life'?
Proscenium
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