At the end we begin

Taking inspiration from T.S. Eliot's classic Four Quartets' Burnt Norton, East Coker, The Dry Salvages and Little Gidding, internationally renowned choreographer Richard Chappell presents his new quadruple bill At the end we begin. Using the notions of time and focus as a point of departure, the piece inhabits the derelict and sometimes turbulent landscape of Eliot's poetry through both a sensitive and aggressive dance expression. Stemming from his experiences of classical ballet, contemporary dance, martial arts and improvisation, Richard's powerful and full bodied choreographic language will be combined with emerging composer Samuel Hall's score of piano and cello to create a thrilling and arresting response to Eliot's timeless poetry.

With dramaturgy by Neus Gil Cortes and costume design by designer Hannah Taylor, At the end we begin is Richard Chappell Dance's most challenging and collaborative work to date. The first part of the program, Burnt Norton, will explore naivety and inner focus whilst being lost and overwhelmed in creative choices. East Coker, takes inspiration from the notion of time and finding clarity in the world through enhanced perceptions of cherished moments' beginnings and ends. To start the second half of the evening, The Dry Salvages will address how adrenaline and tenacity can radiate into a group as a wave-like convulsion into the unknown. Little Gidding will conclude the evening by addressing Eliot's final poem's reflective tone and its similarities with the exhaustion and peacefulness of a concluding performance.

The creation and touring of At the end we begin has been funded by Arts Council England, The Linbury Trust, Pavilion Dance South West and was first commissioned by Dancin' Oxford with support from The Pegasus Theatre. The project has been supported by Studio Wayne McGregor, Swindon Dance, Dance in Devon, Plymouth Dance, National Dance Company Wales, Dance City, Arts at Dartington and The Point. 

Photo: Jack Thomson Photography