Maria Yacoob is a London-based choreographer and dance teacher. On stage, she works in opera, musical theatre and cabaret with credits including the Royal Festival Hall, Opera Holland Park and Blackheath Halls. On screen her credits include BBC drama and Sky One. M Dance is Maria’s new contemporary dance company. Its diverse performers come from acting, dancing, gymnastic and circus backgrounds. Its aim is to create highly physical and passionate work with a strong narrative drive.
Statue re-imagines the Greek myth of Heracles and the garden of the Hesperides, focussing on the emotional drama of the story. In the original myth, Heracles steals golden apples from the tree of the Hesperides by tricking their father, Atlas. In our dance, Heracles steals the innocence of Atlas’ youngest daughter, Arethusa. Both Heracles and Arethusa are punished for their transgression.
Choreography: M Dance
Dancers: Celia Francis, Adrianna Pawlowska, Renato
Dias, Tobias Peppersack, Maria Yacoob
Photo credit: Kar Wai Low