Beautiful, subtle and elusive moments

Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

FACES endeavours to capture this moment before motion: The moment of total focus and alertness as the dancer listens to the music – showing the concentration and intelligence with which they approach choreography. The films aim to catch the dancers in this moment of stillness and total absorption, revealing their internal focus and external oblivion as they prepare to move.

Choreographer and filmmaker Kim Brandstrup’s latest film project features intimate portraits of Carlos Acosta, Alina Cojocaru and Zenaida Yanowsky. This triptych shows each of these renowned dancers as they listen to the music and prepare to move. The film was premiered in the newly refurbished Linbury Theatre during Open House London in September 2018.

“FACES is inspired by my enduring pleasure in watching dancers ‘marking’: going through a choreography in their head while listening to the music. In the studio, from my privileged vantage point only a few feet away from the dancers, I witness in their faces a range of subtle nuances, mysterious emotions, slight changes of mood pass like clouds across their faces as they gently indicate the movement. I have often longed to catch these moments on film.”

-Kim Brandstrup


Directed and choreographed by

Kim Brandstrup

Music by

François Couperin: Excerpts from Book 3 of Pièces de clavecin

Performed on disc by

Angela Hewitt

Cello re-interpretation

Oliver Coates

Post production

Anna Barsukova, Phil Cooper, 59 Productions

Installation Design

59 Productions

Cinematography by

Stephen Standen

Sound Design

Ian Dearden

Focus Puller

Chris Stephens

Camera Assistant

Ardeshir Abdolrahimi

Produced by

Lucie Conrad (for ROH)

Backdrop Design

Emma Troubridge
Ed Halsey

Production Electrician

Shawn Mccrory


Emily Johnson


Project Director

Leo Warner

Lead Designer

Nick Corrigan


Anna Jameson


Jessie Rodger

Architectural Designer

Khushali Chawda

Design Intern

Hanna Schrage

Technical Associate

Maximilien Spielbichler

Technical Intern

David Brown


Installation Diagrams

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