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Choreographed by James Wilton

SDT Premiere March 2010

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"The talk of last years (2011) American Dance Festival…deeply emotional and madly thrilling”  CVNC on Drift

Pushing the dancers to their physical limits, this powerful duet choreographed by James Wilton explores loneliness and closeness, absolute commitment and high risk trust. Sometimes the people we care about the most are the people we hurt the most.

Wilton is an emerging young choreographer whose work has attracted the attention of Scottish Dance Theatre with its confident dynamic choreographic writing.



"an impressively powerful duet of exhilarating movement."


Choreographer - James Wilton

Born in Cornwall James Wilton began dancing at the age of 15 when he joined Cornwall Youth Dance Company. He went on to study at London Contemporary Dance School. It was here that his choreographic career began as three of his works (Drift, Threads and Familiar Tones) were toured nationally and internationally with LC3.

After graduating from London Contemporary Dance School in 2009 James created his first professional work The Shortest Day.  After its premier as part of Resolution! 2010 at the Robin Howard Dance Theatre the piece went on to be performed nationally, including performances at the Lilian Bayliss Studio Sadlers Wells, South Hill Park in Berkshire, Luton Hat Factory, the Cochrane Theatre, Cadogan Hall, The Scoop, Richmix, Twickenham Conference Rooms and internationally at the Teatro Nuovo Montevergini in Palermo Sicily and at the Burgos-New York choreography competition in Burgos, Spain.

The Shortest Day has recently been announced as the winner of the Sadlers Wells “Global Dance Contest” and was performed at Sadlers Wells as part of Sadlers Sampled 2011.

James was commissioned to re-work his piece Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre for touring throughout 2010/11.

Alongside this James was given the “Blueprint Bursary” through Sadlers Wells, London Youth Dance and East London Dance. With this his created Forest for touring to many high profile London venues.

Lighting Designer - Emma Jones


Emma is the Technical Manager of Scottish Dance Theatre.  After graduating from Aberystwyth University she worked in various theatres in the UK and toured extensively both at home and abroad.      

Lighting design credits include The Long and the Short of It (Scottish Dance Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Dundee Rep), Twice Upon a Time and The Children (Dundee Rep Young Adults), Our Country's Good and Maybe Tomorrow, (Dundee Rep Creative Learning) most recently NQR and Drift for Scottish Dance Theatre.

Costumes - Amy Steadman



Amy trained in Professional Stage Management at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and graduated in 2002 with a BA. Her first job was with Dundee Rep Ensemble in the Stage Management department where she worked as an ASM and eventually DSM on all in house and touring productions, getting to tour to London and Mexico with the company. She joined SDT as Stage Manager in October 2006 and continues to enjoy touring around the UK and abroad with the company.


The Package - A Perfect Circle

Eraser – Nine Inch Nails

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