Jekyll and Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde

Grant's first full length dance drama, created with Olivier award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie played a short season at the Old Vic Theatre in the West End in 2016.

 

A hugely talented ensemble of thirteen actor/dancers brought the sexy and dangerous world of late 1950's Waterloo to life in Drew McOnie's thrilling dance debut at the Old Vic.

 

The score, which combines a big band, brassy MGM type sound for the world of Dr Jekyll and a raw, schizophrenic rock sound for the world of Mr Hyde has been released on Air Edel records and is now available from the iTunes store as well as Amazon, Spotify and other digital platforms.

 

"The plot is propelled by a wonderfully crafted score by Grant Olding, who presents a musical landscape in which the reassuring blitz-spirit certainties of orchestral swing are being challenged by the rawer, sexier attack of rock’n’roll. As the repressed Jekyll is overcome by the rapacious Hyde, so the suit and tie gentility of the postwar years is swept away by its darker undercurrents, and by the Pandora’s box allure of an uninhibited future. Olding references this future with rock riffs that project the slaughter of the final scenes far beyond the piece’s 1950s context. As Jekyll and Hyde become one, and the body count rises, we are reminded that there’s a spectre at every sexually liberated feast. A Charles Manson, waiting in the shadows.***** The Observer

**** Evening Standard

**** Sunday Times

 

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