James Wilton brings his latest show LEVIATHAN to Contact

Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th May at 8pm

Cornish choreographer James Wilton brings his latest show LEVIATHAN to Contact in May 2017. Inspired by Herman Melville’s seminal novel, Moby Dick, the show brings Wilton’s trademark blend of athletic dance, martial arts, capoeira and partner-work, back to the stage, having enjoyed much national and international success in recent years.


LEVIATHAN follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale: Moby Dick, a beast as vast and dangerous as the sea itself, yet serene and beautiful beyond all imagining. Ahab’s crew are drawn into the unhinged charisma of their captain, blindly following him on his perilous adventure towards almost certain destruction.


James Wilton said:

I’ve always had a fascination with the relationship between man and nature. What interests me most is the way that we fear each other before we fear nature. We worry about other people and the dangers they can do more than we fear the awesome power of the planet,’ says James. ‘For me, Moby Dick represents someone trying, and ultimately failing to conquer nature. The futility of the pursuit, combined with the maniacal obsession of Ahab make for a compelling story and one I am eager to re-create and re-imagine.


Featuring a cast of 7 dancers including James himself, LEVIATHAN promises edge of your seat, ferocity of movement that James’ work is recognized for. All accompanied by a powerful electro-rock soundtrack by Lunatic Soul.


James’ most recent work, Last Man Standing, toured to over 60 venues during 2014/15 and was seen by over 15,000 people. Since they began, James Wilton Dance has performed in 15 countries around the world.

Tickets: £15/£10 concessions from the box office in person, by phone on 0161 274 0600 or online: http://contactmcr.com/

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