Velvet Petal: Bedroom

By Fleur Darkin

Velvet Petal is inspired by the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly, the photography of Robert Mapplethorpe, and the transformative power of creating beauty out of whatever you can find on the bedroom floor. Choreographed by Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Fleur Darkin and created in collaboration with this exceptional company, the Velvet Petal dancers philosophise, seduce and experiment with their bodies, clothing and ideas. 

Set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo and Fourtet, Velvet Petal is created in collaboration with the full company of Scottish Dance Theatre including a stunning lighting design from Emma Jones.

Recommended for ages 16+

Velvet Petal was originally conceived and performed as a collaboration for the UK-Mexico 2015 Dual Year, with the support of the Mexican Ministry of Culture, The Anglo Mexican Foundation, British Council Mexico and the British Embassy in Mexico, in partnership with CEPROMUSIC (the Centre for the Production and Experimentation of Contemporary Music) supported by the Mexican Ministry of Culture through the National Institute for Fine Arts and the National Fund for the Arts. It premiered in Mexico City in November 2016.  The full-length work presented in Mexico comprises live music from the CEPROMUSIC music ensemble, who are on stage with the dancers.  This version being presented at is a re-iteration of this work, and does not include any live or recorded music originally played by CEPROMUSIC. We are grateful to our partners in Mexico for the wonderful opportunity to create this work together in its full-length version, and we are planning to bring the full production for its UK premiere in 2018.