Sinnerman is a signature solo in Proietto’s repertoire. It was originally produced by Winter Guests with the support of Arts Council Norway and The Norwegian Opera & Ballet and had its world premiere in January 2014 at London's Coliseum as part of Ivan Putrov’s Men in Motion.
The solo, created by Alan Lucien Øyen for Proietto, has been presented at London's Sadlers Wells, UK and opera houses in Oslo, Norway; Dortmund, Germany; Yekaterinburg, Russia and Kiev, Ukraine. It also received great critical acclaim at the prestigious International Ballet Festival of Havana and most recently at the largest and oldest ballet festival in Poland, Featival Lodz. It has toured many cities in Italy, including Rome’s Auditorium, together with the famous ballerina Alessandra Ferri.
The work, seen by more than 50000 people live, has been filmed by legendary fashion photographer Nick Knight for SHOW Studio, launched in March 2015.
1st Cover Photo by Erik Berg
2nd Cover Photo by Carolina Holden
Created with and performed by Daniel Proietto
Choreography: Alan Lucien Øyen
Music: Nina Simone
Light Design: Martin Flack
Costume Design: Stine Sjøgren
Produced by Winter Guests
Daniel Proietto by Erik Berg
“Roars for Proietto, camouflaged in sequins, glittering in the dark like the world’s population of fireflies, and roaring tremendously through Sinnerman, a ferociously demanding solo by Alan Lucien Øyen.”
“Daniel Proietto stole the show in the first half, dressed top to toe in a sequin onesie, worthy of Michael Jackson, and dancing a spectacular solo act to Nina Simone, received with rapturous encores."
“Daniel Proietto danced like a demon in the spiralling exhuberance of Sinnerman (music Nina Simone) with choreography by Alan Lucien Øyen and a costume so sparkly it could have been a light show."
“Daniel Proietto drew gasps in Alan Lucien Øyen’s Sinnerman, both for his otherworldly stage presence and for the reflective body suit (designed by Stine Sjøgren) that turned him into a shimmering computer graphic.”
“Norwegian choreographer Alan Lucien Øyen dresses dancer Daniel Proietto in a silver sequined catsuit, so when the light catches his fluid frame it gives the impression of vibrating particles. Under the spotlight he loses his solid form and looks as if he’s about to be beamed up. Brilliant."
“[…] alongside the elevatory vocals of the late Nina Simone. The latter comes in a truly dazzling performance from Daniel Proietto in Alan Lucien Øyen’s Sinnerman, clad in a cat-suit of burnished gold that with his breathtaking fluidity resembles something akin to a mirror-ball made of water, if that were possible."
"Sinnerman, a tour de force for Daniel Proietto (created on him by Alan Lucien Øyen), dressed in a shimmering unitard that changes colour like a series of chemistry experiments, in response to Martin Flack’s brilliant lighting design. It is a ten-minute marathon for the majestic Proietto, dancing to Nina Simone’s uncut version of the eponymous song, including an inbuilt encore and curtain call, both of which inevitably ratchet up the audience’s enthusiasm. It’s a perfect calling card for Proietto and after several viewings, it never fails to ignite."
“After all the fuss about Sergei Polunin abruptly leaving the Royal Ballet, guess who stole the Men in Motion show? Daniel Proietto, in the AfterLight solo Russell Maliphant made for him in 2010. Admittedly, you could read the 15-minute solo as a warning of the fate awaiting a troubled dancer deprived of the support of a company of colleagues – if you know your Nijinsky. But for those unaware of the inspiration for the piece (created for a Diaghilev tribute), Proietto’s performance was none the less magnificent.”
“So what would cause the 2014 public to gasp in surprise? Daniel Proietto’s glittering body stocking, that’s what. The shocked intake of breath was audible when he walked on stage, and an atmosphere of high anticipation crackled through London’s Coliseum.This was the world premiere of Alan Lucien Øyen’s piece, danced to Nina Simone’s Sinnerman. Proietto’s jewelled cat suit was lit so it created trails of shimmering light, familiar to anyone who’s enjoyed LSD or Pan’s People on Top of the Pops. At one point, when Proietto span in a pin spot, he became an eye-watering explosion of iridescence. When he briefly stomped off stage with fabulous attitude, then returned for a reprise, it was hard not to cheer with awe.”
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