Music for dance

NEWS: 2013

1000 LOVERS a collaboration/evolution of Tongues of Stone was performed on Auckland's Wynyard Quarter in March 2013 to hundreds of people. See it here 1000 Lovers

SLIP by Carol Brown with music composed by Russell Scoones had its third season of performances with Auckland dance company Touch Compass in 2012 with a successful run at Cue Theatre in Auckland. Extensively reworked sound and an altered cast made for a highly emotionally and physically satsfying piece.

TONGUES OF STONE, a site-specific performance for the streets of Perth, Western Australia had a successful season in April 2011. Collaborators were Choreographer Carol Brown, theatre designer Dorita Hannah and composer Russell Scoones for Perth dance company Strut Dance and members of the local dance community. Russell designed a sound score worn with headphones and mp3 players with sounds and texts found and created within the local environment. See it here

Since 1990 Russell has collaborated on dance works with his partner choreographer Carol Brown. After early works for Dance=Arts in Dunedin New Zealand, Carol & Russell continued when they moved to the UK in 1992. A successful NZ tour of The Mechanics of Fluids in 1995 and performances on London's South Bank and The Place Theatre led to the formation of Carol Brown Dances in 1996. Russell toured frequently with the company as composer/tour manager as Carol's work was given presentations at international festivals and venues with a diverse range of dance performance pieces. These included theatre works, site-specific pieces, installations and film.

Credit. Carol Brown & Grant MacLay in Nerve. Photo Mattias Ek Carol Brown in Dancing Aloud. Photo (?) Credit: Resonance. Photo Carol Brown Carol Brown in Aarero Stone. Photo Robert Catto

Russell's composition style and techniques have included voice, text, live, sampled and recorded music and found sounds, each a response to the concepts of the work. At times real instruments have been used for such pieces as Like a House on Fire, Ocean Skin and The Glory Box, while other works have demanded different approaches. Nerve sourced found sounds from under bridges in Philadelphia and the Pantheon in Rome, while Aarero Stone used rocks, wood, glass and metal. See it here

Russell's self release Russ L Skoons: Danceworks (1999) brought together a collection of pieces from collaborations with Carol Brown. Songs, Dance & Darpana Music (2006) brought together a collection of original songs alongside pieces from Aarero Stone and music made with the classical Indian dance musician of Darpana Dance Company in Ahmedabad, India. These are available on CD by request at

Russell continues to collaborate occasionally with Carol. 2007 saw the large scale commission GLOW in Woking and Carol's solo Dancing Aloud in Auckland, Bath and London in 2008.More recent works include SLIP for Auckland dance company Touch Compass and TONGUES OF STONE for Perth based Strut Dance

For a full list of dance works see

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