On DVD: TROY GAME PERFORMANCE danced by London
Contemporary Dance Theatre broadcast by Channel 4 in the
early 1980's; includes an interview with Robert Cohan as he
works with dancers of the company in preparation for
performance. It’s a must see glimpse into the unique training
of LCDT dancers. Although we do not have a license to sell
this item, we can arrange to ship a copy for cost.
On CD: THE POWERFUL MUSIC OF SAMBA BATUCADA
performed by the Improbable Batucada Orchestra for the
amazing 1980 dance work, Troy Game, by Robert North.
Produced for London Contemporary Dance Theatre and
the The Royal Ballet.
Recorded by IFPA for broadcast on ITV, and now restored
from the performance recordings at Sadlers Wells Theatre,
very few recordings outside this release by Luminous Music
can be found today. A long time search for master tapes
from this session have so far been futile. We hope you
enjoy the results.
Adventuring into multiple aspects of competition and
competitive behaviour, the dancers in Troy Game drive
themselves to near exhaustion attempting to outdo one
another and keep pace with the music. With choreography
by Robert North, Troy Game is energetic and satirical, and
a work much loved by audiences. It’s set to music that is
primarily based on Batucada, the Brazilian samba style of
music that showcases large percussion groups.
The music for Troy Game was adapted and rewritten for
skilled London players by Jon Keliehor. An additional piece
of music by composer Bob Downes completes the score,
outlining the dance movements of the intriguing Shadow
Boxing section. The dance and music grew out of a time in
the 1970’s when percussion music was a favourite for
dance training classes, and when Jon Keliehor worked as a
percussionist along side Robert North and the dancers at
London Contemporary Dance Theatre.
This is magic music. Recorded live in 1980, it features the
soloistic talents of percussionists Chris Karan, Nigel
Shipway, Roger Harrison, Jon Keliehor and the ten
percussionists of the Covent Garden Orchestra, as well as a
small chamber orchestra for the Bob Downes composition.
photo by Anthony Crickmay
cd design: Keliehor
11 Tracks include
SHADOW BOXING SOLO
MARCHA DE RANCHO
CHOREOGRAPHY: ROBERT NORTH
MUSIC: JON KELIEHOR, BOB DOWNES