Velvet Petal by Fleur Darkin
Following sell-out shows and rave reviews all over the UK, the fantastically edgy Velvet Petal by Fleur Darkin makes a striking return in 2019.
Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. Velvet Petal explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. The dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas. This fresh work from choreographer, Fleur Darkin (Bristol Old Vic, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Opera House) was created during Fleur’s fantastic six years as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director. Velvet Petal has grown into one of the company’s most iconic pieces, a clear audience favourite at home and on the road. Inspired by the life-cycle of the monarch butterfly and Robert Mapplethorpe’s Polaroids, Velvet Petal is set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo, and Four Tet.
Fleur Darkin said, “Velvet Petal is about change - how humans change by themselves or through relationships with others. It’s about those times in your life when you must transform yourself. I spent a lot of time researching the photographic process and the Polaroids of Robert Mapplethorpe-inspired me to see things in a new way. We think we understand at first glance but actually, it’s when we spend time letting the object communicate with us that the magic happens. I think the revealing nature of time is particularly true of dancers. The dancers are the Velvet Petals and they open themselves towards the light and dig deep to pull us through the darkness."