Adrian Look is a freelance dance artist and lecturer for Tanztheater. He is also the artistic director and choreographer of London based T a n z t h e a t e r Adrian Look, founded in 2014.
As a freelance choreographer/dancer in 2013, he worked on several projects in Germany and Switzerland. Highlights included choreographing a community group of 100 amateur dancers and performing as an ensemble member of the Origen Festival in Switzerland. Additionally, he choreographed and danced in a "Da Pacem", a liturgical concert concerning conflict between various religions. His first choreography as a freelance artist, "˜The elephants weep', was created for the Theatre of Bielefeld in 2013.
Since moving to the UK in March 2014, Adrian has performed his solo work "A-R-Panda" and choreographed "˜The smouldering Delusion' for East London Dance as part of the FI.ELD Festival. His piece "˜SICK AND TIRED' premiered in January 2015 as part of the Resolution 2015 line up and received an honourable mention for being one of the highlights of the festival.
Adrian is also a sought after teacher and has taught contemporary dance, ballet, and improvisation in various guises since 2003. He has lead classes for various professional companies, including Alvin Ailey II and the Origen Festival in Switzerland, and regularly teaches professional classes at The Place and Greenwich Dance. As well as running his own independent classes at Chisenhale Dance, The Cockpit and ISDT2 Dance Studios, he was recently asked to give workshops at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The University of Bedfordshire and The Place.
Adrian is currently a regular lecturer in dance at Morley College, and a guest lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire.
Sisyphus's Wife premiered on 29.01.2016 at The Place as part of Resolution 2016.
Maria Ines Sousa and Adrian Look perform a duet telling a story of despair, purpose, choice and acceptance of fate; inspired by the 19th century Rückert poems about "Weltschmerz" and "The Myth of Sisyphus" by Albert Camus.
In the myth Sisyphus is punished for his self-aggrandisement by being forced to roll a boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity. Despite Sisyphus" eternal labour, Camus concluded: One must imagine Sisyphus happy. Each atom of that stone, each mineral flake of that night-filled mountain, in itself forms a world. All Sisyphus's silent joy is contained therein. His fate belongs to him. The struggle itself toward the heights is enough to fill a man"s heart.
Adrian Look, director and choreographer, has set the piece in 2016, developing the eternal nature of the myth with the idea that Sisyphus is still engaged in his labour somewhere today. Using Gustav Mahler's "Rückert songs" and Max Richter's 'Vivaldi recomposed', the piece explores Sisyphus's inner conflict - the seemingly futile nature of a task, which also provides him with a sense of purpose - along with his unknowing wife"s battle for his burdened soul.
Dancers: Maria Ines Sousa and Adrian Look