Fukiko Takase and James Pett (Company Wayne McGregor) in Atomos, music by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, choreography by Wayne McGregor. Benois de la Danse 2017, Brilliant Quarter of Century, shot in the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow on 31.5.2017.
Fukiko Takase is Company Wayne McGregor Dance Artist. Born in New York, raised in Japan and trained by Takako Takase, Fukiko received a fellowship from the Japanese government to study at Codarts Rotterdam and London Contemporary Dance School. From 2006 to 2010, she danced with Henri Oguike and in 2011 she joined Company Wayne McGregor. Fukiko danced with Thom Yorke in the music video and featured in projects for AnOther Magazine, County of Milan, Channel 4, The Brits, BBC Late Night Proms & Uniqlo. Her own choreography includes Autumn Hunch and Cultivate a Quiet Joy.
James Pett is a Dance Artist with the Company Wayne McGregor. James competed as a gymnast for ten years, representing Great Britain at the World Gymnastrada in Austria. He trained at Trinity Laban and was awarded The Marion North Award for outstanding performer. He worked with Patricia Lent on a revival of Cunningham’s Scramble. From 2011 to 2013, James danced for Richard Alston Dance Company. During this time he also worked with Jeannie Steele on a collection of Cunningham’s works presented at the Barbican. James joined the company in 2013.
Atomos — British choreographer Wayne McGregor has an almost scientific approach to movement, using his deep knowledge of how bodies move to skillfully and elegantly arrange dancers in breathtaking configurations. In Atomos, an athletic, sculptural modern dance performance, an ensemble of 10 artists mesmerizingly “atomizes” across the stage to a neoclassical score from ambient music duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen.
“For those fascinated by sheer invention, there are dance ideas, too many to count, which are simply extraordinary … McGregor’s choreographic curiosity [has a] power to thrill.” – The Guardian
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory and Regina Nikiforova.