Category Archives: Dance

KES opens at Sheffield Crucible

Very happy that Kes has officially opened at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre to a brilliant response. A dance theatre adaptation directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins based on Barry Hines’ celebrated novel A Kestral For A Knave, I wrote and produced the hour and a half score.

The reviews have already been coming in -

“Alex Baranowski’s impressive score marries rippling, Nyman-esque piano figures with a keening, locally sourced flugelhorn…” (The Guardian) ****

“This unique production hits every note near-perfectly, bringing together an insistent and compelling new musical score, ravishing movement, puppetry and top notch performances to create a really special and fast-moving experience – even for those who turned up expecting a more traditional telling of this classic tale.” (Independent) ****

“The movements of the characters echo the freedom-constraint dichotomy of the environment.. the long-arcing strings and pizzicato percussive sounds of composer Alex Baranowski’s score play with the same elongation-punch counterpoint” (Observer) ****

“Makes your heart soar” (The Telegraph) ****

I’ll be putting some musical snippets up of the music very shortly, and I’m planning to release some of the music in the future. Feel free to join my mailing list here to be notified of its release and to receive the odd free music track.

Chester Hayes in Kes

“Kes” dance theatre piece at Sheffield Crucible

I’m presently deep into writing and rehearsals for Kes which is premiering at the Sheffield Crucible from 27th March to 5th April 2014. A mixture of dance, puppetry, physical theatre and of course music (an hour and a half of it), the production is directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins (who I previously collaborated with at the Royal Opera House for Ballet Black).

A re-imagining of Barry Hines’ celebrated book A Kestrel for a Knave the production tells the story of Billy Casper, a boy shaped by the contrasting worlds of an industrial working class Barnsley.. and the natural landscape around him.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Sheffield Crucible’s website here.

Once the show is opened, I’ll be putting a selection of the soundtrack up here on my website and to download from iTunes. To keep up to date with the release and the odd music freebie, feel free to join my email list here (it won’t be passed on to anyone, ever).

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World Premiere of “Kes” dance theatre adaption by Jonathan Watkins

Excited to announce I’m writing the original music for a very special dance theatre adaptation of Kes directed and choreographed by Jonathan Watkins opening at the Sheffield Crucible in March 2014.

Based on Barry Hines’ celebrated book “A Kestrel For A Knave” the production is being designed by Ben Stones and will feature eight professional and 20 young local dancers to combine dance, physical theatre and puppetry in this world premiere production.

I previously collaborated with Jonathan for “Together Alone” with Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House and for short film “Sofa” commissioned by Channel 4.

For more information and to buy tickets (twelve performances only!) head to the Sheffield Theatre’s website here.

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Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House

I’ve recently collaborated with Royal Ballet choreographer Jonathan Watkins on a ballet piece for world renowned dance company Ballet Black. Together Alone will be performed at the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Theatre 29th Feb – 6th March 2011, with a subsequent UK tour.

I’ll be posting some music snippets up onto this site next month. To find out more or to book tickets visit the ROH website.

Ballet Black at the Royal Opera House

Very happy to announce I’m composing a ballet piece commissioned by Ballet Black to be premiered at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden’s Linbury Theatre in Feb 2012, in a piece choreographed by Jonathan Watkins.

To find out more about the event, go to the Royal Opera House’s website here.

In The Dust – 2Faced Dance

I’ve been commissioned to score a twenty minute music piece as part of 2Faced Dance’s In The Dust showing at the Edinburgh fringe Zoo venue this summer and going on a subsequent European tour. The piece is called Seven Point Zero – listen to and purchase the album from the music player below.

“Tamsin Fitzgerald finishes the piece based on her visit to Haiti one year after the earthquake… visually and aurally arresting and filled with bruised emotions that are passionately and tenderly performed. Added to the mix is Alex Baranowski’s sensational soundtrack – it is hard not to be deeply moved.” http://www.thepublicreviews.com

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