Scottish Dance Theatre Velvet Petal


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."

Velvet Petal was originally conceived and performed as a collaboration with CEPROMUSIC, supported by Anglo Arts and INBA (Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes) and premiered in Mexico City in November 2016. The full-length work comprises live music from the CEPROMUSIC contemporary music ensemble, who are on stage with the dancers. The re-imagining of this piece for DIG does not include the live or recorded music originally played by CEPROMUSIC. Scottish Dance Theatre are grateful to their partners in Mexico for the wonderful opportunity to create this work together in its full-length version and are planning to bring the full production for it's UK premiere in 2018.