4 September 2010, Deloitte Ignite Festival, The Royal Opera House
With a live microphone at its heart, Maybe Yes Maybe, Maybe No Maybe sees five dancers blend movement and voices to create a uniquely witty piece of dance. Teasing and playful but full of attitude, the work is set to a score by composers Street Furniture that transforms the dancers’ voices into the beats and accents of a pulsing soundtrack. Having choreographed Gang of Five, one of the flagship pieces that helped establish Phoenix Dance Theatre on the national dance map, this exciting work by Aletta Collins is the perfect way to round off the Declarations programme.
The Times, September 2010
The Guardian, December 2010
Ballet.co, September 2010
The Independent, September 2010
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Aletta was born in London and studied for four years at the London Contemporary Dance School. She was a dancer and choreographer for London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Currently an Associate Artist at the Royal Opera House she choreographed and directed an original stage version of The Red Balloon based on the book by Albert Lamorisse for ROH2 at the Linbury, also for the Linbury Cocteau Voices and Magical Night, a family Christmas show.
Work as a choreographer includes Awakenings and Bloom for Rambert Dance Company, Kool Down commissioned by Somerset House, Les Noces for the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Simon Rattle, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman/Nicholas Wright, directed by Nicholas Hytner, at the National Theatre, and Gang of Five for Phoenix.
Work as a director and choreographer includes Dido and Aeneas and Les Noces for Opera North, Philip Pullman’s Aladdin for Bristol Old VIC for which she co-wrote the adaptation and The Barber of Seville at the Savoy Theatre.
She created The Big Dance, a public event for 2008 people in Trafalgar Square on 12th July 2008 and recently directed This Is The Place - a celebration of 40 years of contemporary dance at The Place. Future work includes directing and choreographing Carmen for the Salzburg Festival conducted by Simon Rattle.
Scottish composer and sound designer Peter Morris trained initally in dance before combining his love of dance with music as a member of dance music pioneers Supereal. He has scored several films and in dance he has created many compositions including several pieces with choreographer Jeremy James. Mieko Shimizu began her career in her native Japan as a singer and pianist. After scoring numerous animated films, she moved to the UK where she released five solo albums in contrasting styles. Her collaborations with visual artists have established her at the cutting edge of visual art and contemporary music culture. She is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at London's Southbank.
As Street Furniture Peter and Mieko have collaborated with artists Rob Rainbow and Patrick Rhoden on the interactive and visual piece Total Station which showed at the International Institute of Visual Arts. They were also finalists in the 2010 Place Prize with choreographer Aletta Collins whom they also collaborated with on the ballet adaptation of Albert La Morisse’s film The Red Balloon.
Michael is a partner in the lighting consultancy Eye for Detail. He specialises in designing for dance. He has had numerous commissions throughout Britain, Europe and South Africa, and his work has spanned designs for touring companies, site-specifics and installations. He has created designs for Rambert Dance Company, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet, Javier De Frutos, Ashley Page, Athina Vahla, Protein Dance Company, Shobana Jeyasingh, Hofesh Shechter, Rafael Bonachela, Charles Linehan, CandoCo, the re –opening event at the Royal Festival Hall and many others.
Michael also conducts courses in lighting design at Tertiary, BA and MA level, in London, Denmark and South Africa. He has taught lighting master classes for the British Council in Kazakhstan.