Sea of Bones (2006/2007) : 3 : Past Productions : 9

Sea of Bones (2006/2007)

Sea of Bones is a journey into the ‘Otherworld’ of dreams and heightened reality. Delving into ancient and modern mythology, this richly layered piece embodies Mark Bruce’s trademark style of raw power cut with tenderness and longing.

Set to a diverse mix of cult pop and baroque music including Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, P J Harvey, Sonic Youth and Domenico Scarlatti, Sea of Bones is a major work for seven exceptional dancers.

“When the lights go up on Mark Bruce’s Sea of Bones to reveal a woad-spattered Joanne Fong in a bowler hat, the audience wriggle pleasurably, sensing that they’re in for a good time. When the seven-strong cast enter carrying severed heads, they know they are. How deep dare you go, Bruce asks us? There’s beauty there, but horror too. Reverberently unsettling. Catch it if you can.” The Observer

Sea of Bones was first performed to sell-out crowds at the Merlin Theatre (Frome, Somerset) and Exeter Phoenix in September 2006, followed by a critically acclaimed national tour throughout 2007.

Running Time: 70 minutes plus interval.

"Once again it draws on Bruce’s taste for the anarchic thump of heavy rock, setting tracks by Nick Cave, Polly Harvey, Tom Waits and The Kills, but this time there is a mysterious undercurrent of ancient history, as well as surprising tenderness and eroticism. There’s a flicker of narrative, too, which comes and goes in the most tantalising way…." The Independent

"Sea of Bones is the most passionate, grown-up choreography he has yet produced. Performed by seven dancers, this two-act extravaganza is nothing if not ambitious…." The Times

"But with his new work, Sea of Bones, he has made a powerful return. This is a compelling evening of dance theatre that wittily and nightmarishly rattles the skeletons at the bottom of our collective unconscious."… The Guardian

"Even if one scene didn't resonate there was another along sharpish in a surreal cavalcade like the dance equivalent of Shooting Stars...." ballet.co.uk

"When the lights go up on Mark Bruce's Sea of Bones to reveal a woad-spattered Joanne Fong in a bowler hat, the audience wriggle pleasurably, sensing that they're in for a good time. When the seven-strong cast enter carrying severed heads, they know they are…." Observer

"Mark Bruce knows seedy glamour and the romance of the tortured soul and here presents choreography that explores that spectrum, in a bubble of dream and myth and metaphor, brilliantly…." londondance.com

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