South African-born Bradley Shelver’s high-energy Where There Are Tongues is inspired by the idea that we are all in this world together, succeeding or failing as a collective. The rhythmically complex music, by French a cappella group Lo Còr De La Plana, couples with Shelver’s quirky style to make dance theater that will set pulses racing.
About Bradley Shelver
Bradley Shelver (South Africa) is a dancer, teacher, choreographer, and author. He has danced with Ailey II, Elisa Monte Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, The Francesca Harper Project, Limón Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theater (UK), and in projects with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Lar Lubovich Dance, The Universal Ballet, Radio City Music Hall and in productions with the Mark Morris Dance Group. Currently, Shelver dances as a principal with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet. He is an international touring solo artist and has choreographed works for companies in the USA, Israel, Sweden, Denmark and Italy, including; Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin, Lustig Dance Theater, Compania Rio Danca, Cape Dance Company, Cedar Lake 2, Sobers & Godley Dance, as well as created works for the Royal Danish, Royal Swedish Ballet Schools, Joffrey Ballet School, The Ailey School, and Long Island University. He is the founder of Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theater. From 2013 to 2016, Shelver was the Artistic Director of the STEPS Repertory Ensemble. His book, Performance Through the Dance Technique of Lester Horton, is available worldwide.
“Fanfarneta,” “La Viélha,” “Jorns De Mai,” “La Noviota” from the album Tant Demain, published by Compagnie Du Lamparo
“L'enfant De Dieu” from the album Lo Còr De La Plana: Es Lo Titre, published by Nordsud
“Farandola Dei Baris,” “La Libertat” from the album Marcha!, published by Compagnie Du Lamparo
Ailey II dancers in Where There Are Tongues, photo by Kyle Froman
Ailey II in Where There Are Tongues, photo by Kyle Froman
Caroline Theodora Dartey in Where There Are Tongues, photo by Kyle Froman
Arianna Salerno and company in Where There Are Tongues, photo by Kyle Froman