Velvet Petal: Bedroom

By Fleur Darkin

Tough girls and pretty boys living life in the margins, dreaming about being at the centre. This intimate, bespoke iteration of the full length production explores the transformative power of beauty, created out of whatever is on the bedroom floor. Bringing us into a space of fluid identity, the dancers experiment, seduce and philosophise through their bodies, clothing and ideas. Velvet Petal is inspired by the life-cycle of the Monarch butterfly, Robert Mapplethorpe’s polaroids and is set to a fresh dance-punk score arranged by Torben Lars Sylvest including music by LCD Soundsystem, Spoek Mathambo, and Fourtet.

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.  

“lively, playful and gutsy and guaranteed to put a spring in your step”.  Edinburgh Festivals Magazine ★★★★★

“visually exciting and emotionally powerful work” Edinburgh Guide ★★★★

“Darkin choreographs with a cool wit, and her cast whip off her demanding moves, and their clothes, with élan” The Guardian ★★★★

“A truly compelling piece, exquisitely performed” The Stage ★★★★

“Darkin’s choreography is fresh and clever” The Wee Review ★★★★