Afterlight / Works

"Afterlight is a work that consumes the eye and seduces the senses"
The Times
A masterpiece of modern dance, Afterlight is a visual feast that explores new possibilities in lighting and the beauty of movement.

Afterlight was a continuation of Russell’s ideas inspired by photographs of Vaslav Nijinsky and his geometric drawings, which began with the creation of the Olivier-nominated solo Afterlight (Part One) for Sadler’s Wells’ In The Spirit of Diaghilev. It was developed by Maliphant with lighting designer Michael Hulls, a pairing that has been called “the most important creative partnership in modern British dance” (Daily Telegraph) and features projections evolved in collaboration with animator Jan Urbanowski.

Set to Satie’s hauntingly beautiful Gnossiennes 1 – 4 and new compositions by Andy Cowton (Two, Push), Afterlight was originally performed by three dancers: Daniel Proietto, who also performed AfterLight (Part One), Silvina Cortes and Gemma Nixon. Thomasin Gülgeç has also performed the work.

Creative Team


Russell Maliphant


Michael Hulls

Collaborative Assistant:

Dana Fouras


Andy Cowton
Erik Satie

Costume design:

Stevie Stewart


Jan Urbanowski

Performed by:

Daniel Proietto / Thomasin Gülgeç
Silvina Cortes / Olga Cobos / Camilla Spidsoe / Gemma Nixon

Photographs by:

Hugo Glendinning
Charlotte MacMillan