Premiered November 2014

About Shadows:

Christopher Bruce on Shadows: To me, many of Arvo Pärt’s compositions evoke images of a European history and tradition steeped in over a thousand years of human experience and, frequently, suffering. These themes, and particularly the turbulence of twentieth century events, have influenced my reaction to his work “Fratres”. In my dance the action can be read literally or metaphorically, within the intimacy of an insular family environment or on a more universal scale. I am happy to leave the audience to interpret the work individually.”

Shadows is part of the GCSE Dance Anthology of professional set works.


“Emotive, traumatic and weighted with memory — or is it fear?”

— The Times

“Superbly crafted [...] it conjures a world of anxieties, desperations and determinations”

— The Guardian