Renowned  choreographer, Dane Hurst, has worked with a diverse team of award- winning dancers  and designers, to bring powerful theatre to Dulwich Picture Gallery’s new exhibition  ‘Ribera:  Art  of  Violence’.  

Entitled ‘Animalis’ (the Latin word for breath or soul),  Hurst’s performances will respond to the shocking and sensational work by the Spanish Baroque artist, Jusepe de Ribera. Taking place in the intimate setting of the Gallery’s mausoleum, a trio of dancers will give form to the emotional tensions, psychological resonances and physical impulses captured on the artist’s 17th-century canvases, resulting in a powerful interpretation of human suffering. Visitors can see the performance as part of their ticket on Sundays throughout the exhibition’s run.

Hurst will also work with a group of young people from Southwark, aged 14-25, to connect with the  themes in the show in their own ways.  They will choreograph the November dates as well as a special performance at the Ribera Late ‘Under the Skin’ on  23rd November.

Hurst, said: “It’s been an interesting and complex challenge to create a contemporary dance performance in response to images that are nearly 300 years old.  I’m very much moved and intrigued by the timing and urgency of this exhibition in relation to what it is that we’re experiencing in society today.  Whilst Ribera may be an old master, his works connect to a deep, dark power that is as present and prevalent today as it was back then.  I hope that visitors who see the work will get a sense of his power and find the beauty in its complexity”.

Animalis is on at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Rd, Dulwich, SE21 7AD from 30th September – 27th January 2019.  Times: Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm.  Admission: £16.50, £8.50 concs.  Phone: 0208 693 5254