Magazine article Dance Magazine

Company's Choreographer: Liam Steel on Making Moves for Marianne Elliott's Gender-Swapped Production

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Company's Choreographer: Liam Steel on Making Moves for Marianne Elliott's Gender-Swapped Production

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After earning five-star reviews and four Olivier Awards in London's West End, director Marianne Elliott's radical take on Stephen Sondheim's Company arrives on Broadway this month. Elliott (War Horse, Angels in America) has created a Company for our times, swapping Bobby the bachelor for Bobbie (played by Katrina Lenk), a woman contemplating settling down as she turns 35. Choreography comes from Liam Steel, a British director and choreographer who works across contemporary dance, theater, opera, television and film. He spoke to Dance Magazine about why restrictions can be liberating and what it's like working with the legendary Patti LuPone.

What was your starting point for the choreography for Company?

I didn't want to take it down the normal musical theater route, the normal straw-boater-and-cane situation. It's a psychological drama in many ways, Bobbie being stuck at this warped birthday party--it's like a surreal nightmare. The designer Bunny Christie created this confined world of boxes that was between a haven and a prison, and she said, "You've got nowhere to move!" But that was liberating for me. In that opening number, the challenge of having 14 people in a two-square-meter box was completely exciting.

How does your particular dance background influence your work?

I was around at the beginning of the physical theater movement, working with David Glass Ensemble, Complicite and DV8. So it's the experience of making movement that's about communicating ideas. …

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