Festival 2021

Dancing with Apollo

Sara Trickey, Ivana Gavric & Marina Warner, plus dancers Laurel Dalley Smith and Liam Riddick with choreography by Kim Brandstrup

Sunday 11 July, 5.30pm (2021)

Hall One, Kings Place

World Premiere


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Dancing with Apollo

A programme of music, dance and commentary centred on Greek myth, ranging from Szymanowski’s impressionistic and exotic vision of characters from ancient Greek myth, to Stravinsky’s sparkling neo-classical interpretation of ancient Greek song forms, to David Matthews’ lyrical version of the story of Venus and Adonis, composed for Sara TrickeyWe also have the premiere of a new piece, A Duet in the Dark, by Festival Curator Edmund Finnisfeaturing dancers directed by the acclaimed choreographer, Kim Brandstrup. 

Marina Warner DBEBritain’s foremost mythographer, completes the line-up, shedding light on the meaning and history behind the works. 

Igor Stravinsky  Duo Concertante  

Karol Szymanowski  Myths  

David Matthews  Venus and Adonis  

Edmund Finnis   A Duet in the Dark world premiere 


Sara Trickey  violin  

Ivana Gavric  piano  

Marina Warner analysis and myth 

Kim Brandstrup  choreography

Laurel Dalley Smith and Liam Riddick dancers


Edmund Finnis’ work was commissioned by Spitalfields Music, with the support of the New Music Commission Fund 

With grateful thanks to the following at the University of Oxford for their support and assistance in the development of A Duet in the Dark:

We’ve been working with our wonderful friend from Thoroughly Good, Jon Jacob, on a series of podcasts for you to listen to pre (or post!) our events. We hope you enjoy listening!

Episode 1: What’s in the Spitalfields Festival 2021

Jon Jacob speaks to composers Errollyn Wallen, Edmund Finnis, Howard Goodall, and David Fennessey about their new works, including a tribute to those carers who lost their lives in the first wave of the COVID pandemic.


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Venue information

Hall One, Kings Place

90 York Way
N1 9AG
United Kingdom


Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station (8 mins)

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