Alan Greig’s X Factor Dance Company have teamed up with ‘Bessie’ award winning New York choreographer Gerald Casel and his company GERALDCASELDANCE, for their 2009 spring touring production, Query. This passionate, visual, emotional and atmospheric new production is based on Gore Vidal’s novel ‘Myra Breckenridge’. Greig’s theatrical and entertaining style merges with Casel’s precise and sensual qualities to explore gender, sexuality and identity. The result is a battle of the sexes with a difference – a man becomes a woman and the two personalities fight for hormonal control of the body with unpredictable results!
Premiering at The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, on Thursday 22 January 2009 The X Factor will tour this hybrid, full-length collaborative work throughout Scotland in January and February before heading to New York City for three performances at the Merce Cunningham Studio. Alan Greig and Gerald Casel have been developing the production on both sides of the Atlantic over the past year and rehearsals have just begun this week at Dance Base, Scotland’s National Centre for Dance in Edinburgh.
Alan Greig, Artistic Director and Choreographer of The X Factor Dance Company, said: “Working for so many years, I am always looking to create new and fresh ideas. Bringing in Gerald Casel and his superb dancers has brought in a breath of fresh air for the company. We push each other creatively and we have created something unique, something that neither of us would have created individually. We are looking forward to bringing the new work to Scottish theatres and over the moon for the company to be performing in New York for the first time.”
For the past nineteen years X Factor Dance Company has been delivering fast paced and memorable works that confront universal issues with intelligence and humour. ‘Bessie’ award winning New York choreographer Gerald Casel (previously Assistant Director of the internationally acclaimed Stephen Petronio Company) and his company GERALDCASELDANCE creates and presents productions that ask questions about human beings – who they are, what they do and how their actions affect the world in which they live.
Education is an integral part of X Factor Dance Company’s identity and the company is fully committed to the long-term development of youth and community dance through workshops and residencies.