- Title: Wanting to Tell Stories
- Summary: A dance for six. Two enormous screens hang, rotate and slide to divide and close off areas of the stage, providing intimate and open spaces, corridors, private and public rooms. The visual and physical influence of edges, corners, corridors and open spaces on the people who were encountering them provided the initial information for making the movement material, as well as the strength of the commissioned score by Kevin Volans. The title came from Volans who had spoken with Davies about the work of the artist Philip Guston (1913-1980) whose later paintings became more figurative.
- Work: 1993
- Choreographer: Siobhan Davies
- Choreographer Comments: choreographed for Siobhan Davies Dance
- Dancer: Sean Feldman, Sean Curham, Paul Douglas, Jeremy James, Gill Clarke, Elizabeth Old, Deborah Saxon, Amanda Britton
- Dancer Comments: Amanda Britton replaced Elizabeth Old (returned to Rambert) for 1994 tour.
- Music: Kevin Volans
- Music Comments: Commissioned by Siobhan Davies Dance Company with funds provided by a Digital Dance Award sponsored by Digital Equipment Company.
By arrangement with Chester Music.
- Musicians: Julian Jacobson (piano), Andrew Ball (piano), Nicholas Clapton (countertenor)
- Musicians Comments: Andrew Ball, Bridget Carey,Roger Heaton, Alan Taylor are the musicians listed in the majority of the programmes available. However, for 1994 Sadler's Wells programme the following musicians are listed: Roger Heaton, Kenneth Knussen, John Metcalfe, Clive Williamson
- Designer: David Buckland
- Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
- Sound Engineer: Ron Thomson
- Costume Designer: Antony McDonald
- Costume Maker: Sasha Keir
- Production Manager: Ian Beswick
- Analysis: ‘To tell stories or not to tell stories? The conflicting attractions of the figurative and the abstract have continued to absorb creative artists throughout the 20th century. As the century nears its close, Siobhan Davies and composer Kevin Volans, with designers David Buckland and Antony McDonald revisit the debate in Wanting To Tell Stories, which received its World Premiere at the 1993 Brighton Festival. All acknowledge the need to communicate something about the human condition 'to tell stories' in their work, but all are equally convinced of the ability of dance, music and design to communicate on their own terms. The result shows that stories can be told in a myriad of unexpected ways and that abstract language has the power to underline and enrich the process’ (Programme note, 1993).
‘In Wanting to Tell Stories, two huge wire mesh panels move and rotate to create rooms, corridors and recesses. Davies' company of six dancers perform with an energetic fluency in simultaneous solos, duets and trios, offering high-speed movement encounters and quieter dialogue from the chance meetings. This superb work is choreographed to Kevin Volans' specially commissioned score for piano, viola, clarinet and double-bass’ (Towngate Theatre, Basildon 23/05/93 Promotional Flyer).
- Production Date Original: 1993
- Tour: with White Bird Featherless
13/05/93 - 15/05/93 - Gardner Centre, Brighton Festival
with Make-Make (unless otherwise stated)
18/05/93 - 19/05/93 - Harlow Playhouse, Essex
06/07/93 - Northcott Theatre, Exeter Festival
09/07/93 - Dundee Repertory Theatre
27/09/93 - Opera de Lille, France (with Different Trains)
04/10/93 - The Hawth Theatre, Crawley
08/10/93 - Theatr Hafren, Newtown, Powys
15/10/93 - 16/10/93 - Queen Elizabeth hall, London (with White Bird Featherless)
17/10/93 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
21/10/93 - Recklinghausen, Germany
23/10/93 - Gelsenkirken, Germany
26/10/93 - Krefeld, Germany
29/10/93 - Leverkusen, Germany
18/04/94 - 19/04/94 - Ankara, Turkey
23/04/94 - 24/04/94 - Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall, Istanbul, Turkey
with the Glass Blew In
03/05/94 - 04/05/94 - South Hill Park, Bracknell
10/05/94 - 11/05/94 - Connaught Theatre, Worthing
23/05/94 - Towngate Theatre, Basildon
04/11/94 - 05/11/94 - Sadlers Wells, London
14/11/94 - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
19/11/94 - Wyvern Theatre, Swindon