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Posted on October 24, 2018

Dane Hurst Animalis converted

Dane Hurst (pictured by Kristina Kashvili), the South African-born freelance dancer and choreographer who for many years was a popular performer with Rambert, is presenting Animalis, a new work that is being performed each Sunday at Dulwich Picture Gallery in south London in conjunction with an exhibition on the Spanish artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591–1652) titled Ribera: Art of Violence, and curated by Dr Xavier Bray and Dr Edward Payne. Animalis takes Ribera’s often shocking paintings as inspiration, many of which are being displayed in the UK for the first time. The intimate performances will take place at timed intervals throughout the day in the Gallery’s Mausoleum, and the work promises to “give form to the emotional tensions, psychological resonances and physical impulses”, of the paintings in a way in which audiences will be “challenged, entertained and enlightened”.

This is the third time Hurst has collaborated with Dulwich Picture Gallery on a new dance work. Animalis will be performed by dancers Hurst, Isabel Alvarez, Tania Dimbelolo and Emma Watson to music by Nikki Forova in designs by Ana Inés Jabares Pita. Entry to the performances is free with a Sunday ticket to the Ribera exhibition. Viewing spaces within the Mausoleum will be allocated on a first-come basis, and the performance will last approximately 15 minutes. For further information, visit

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