Russell’s approach to create this piece was to evoke an emotional response in an abstracted form with a larger group of dancers. Each section resonates with the inevitable outcome of war – the separation of loved ones that occurred, camaraderie, care and displacement and a deep lament for the loss of the fallen.
The collaborators collected images of burnt out landscapes and gained access to listen to the Imperial War Museum’s collection of archive recordings of traumatised soldiers (some of which were incorporated into the sound score by Andy Cowton).
For the central duet, Russell worked with 2 couples, Tamarin Stott/Nathan Young and Alina Cojocaru/Junor Souza to unify his balance of classical line and partnered lifts with a contemporary vocabulary.
The Lest We Forget program won a South Bank Show Award in 2015 for Best Dance Production.