Run Mary Run

Sadlers Wells

Choreography: Arthur Pita
Production Designer: Luis F. Carvalho
Lighting Designer: Jackie Shemeesh
Sound Designer: Frank Moon

Photo Credit: Bill Cooper

I was invited by Arthur Pita to design the set and costumes for his latest choreography ‘Run Mary Run’. This was a new creation commissioned by Sadlers Wells to form part of a triple bill entitled ‘Osipova’ after the lead dancer Natalia Osipova. The triple bill featured new pieces by Sidi Larbi Cherkaui, Russel Maliphant and Arthur Pita and received its world premiere at Sadlers Wells on the 29th June 2016. It will be performed again as part of the Edinburgh Festival and then tour in New York before returning to Sadlers Wells later this year.

Arthur Pita’s refreshing and theatrical approach to choreographing made ‘Run Mary Run’ a great first collaboration. I found his attention to detail, keen observation and professional methodology inspiring and rewarding. The set design concept presented some challenges technically due to the touring nature and the running order of the piece in the triple bill but the technical staff at Sadlers Wells were very professional and embracing of the challenges which paid off. It is not every day that one gets to design and produce costumes for Natalia Osipova the Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet and Sergei Polunin the ‘Enfant Terrible’ of the dance world but it was a delight working with this couple whom were both very committed and dedicated.

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Grave’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Jimmy drag’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Jimmy comes alive’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Jimmy leap’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Jimmy tug’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Natalia relents’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Jimmy twist’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Natalia 16’

‘Run Mary Run’ for Osipova @ Sadlers Wells, Natalia Osipova & Sergei Polunin ‘Lovers swing’

Natalia Osipova – Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui / Russell Maliphant / Arthur Pita (Sadler’s Soundbites)