Death of a Scarecrow review JO magazine
Adam Darius has been seen on the major stages of over 80 countries,
his mystical impact continuing to embrace each new generation.
Originally a ballet dancer and choreographer, he eventually evolved his
own fusion of dance and mime. Throughout six continents, he has seen in
his unique solo performance, from Madagascar to Afghanistan and from Indonesia
Among the illustrious names of world theatre Adam Darius has collaborated
with can be included Sweden's foremost film director, Ingmar Bergman, the
Belgian singer Jacques Brel, the pre-eminent opera star, Placido Domingo,
for whom he choreographed four operas, rock star Kate Bush whom he trained
in movement and Hollywood film star Kate Beckinsale who credits Mr. Darius
as her solo acting teacher.
Adam Darius, the dance world's most prolific author, has additionally found
the time to write twelve books, the subjects including, autobiography,
philosophy, novels and his teaching books which include Acting: a psychological
and technical approach, the Commedia dell'Arte: an introduction, Audition
Monologues and The Adam Darius Method (on expressive mime).
Mr. Darius's large scale productions include the biographical works, Marilyn,
The Anne Frank Ballet, Rimbaud and Verlaine and Yukio Mishima (the last
two in collaboration with Kazimir Kolesnik.)
With Thomas Freundlich as choreographer and in the title role, Adam Darius
wrote the scenario and directed the ballet, James Dean.
In 2005, Adam Darius initiated a Finnish-Jordanian choreographic collaboration.
Called Fusion, it was presented with great success at the new opera house
in Damascus. The choreographers represented were Rania Kamhawi, Kazimir
Kolesnik and Thomas Freundlich. The performances were greeted with cheering
from the Syrian audience.
Earlier in 2006, the evening-length production of Yukio Mishima, after
successes in London, Helsinki and Ljubljana, was seen in Porto and Ponte
de Lima in Portugal.Written and directed by Adam Darius and with choreography
and visualization by Kazimir Kolesnik, it featured a cast of 26 actors,
singers, dancers and musicians. Kazimir Kolesnik was seen as Yukio Mishima,
with Adam Darius as The Eternal Traveller.
The awards accorded Adam Darius include an American Television Emmy, the
key to Las Vegas, honorary membership in Indonesia's North Sumatran community,
the silver medallion of the Belgrade Monodrama Festival in Yugoslavia,
the silver sampan of the National Academy of Fine Arts in Bangladesh, Italy's
Premio Positano Leonide Massine per l'arte della Danza, the Shetland Dance
and Mime Award, the Beirut Festival du Rire Trophy from Lebanon, and, on
two occasions, the Noor Al Hussein Foundation Award from Jordan.
At the invitation of Dr. Erik Näslund, Adam Darius has donated his
lifelong archives to the Dansmuseet in Stockholm, Europe's most prestigious
museum devoted to the art of dance and mime.
Adam Darius continues to inspire new audiences, most recently in Greenland,
Croatia, Turkey, Slovakia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Morocco, Syria, Ukraine
Biography: Kazimir Kolesnik