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Erebus – adapted from Russell Maliphant’s amazing Rodin Project

“EREBUS” is a film collaboration between award winning choreographic director Russell Maliphant and film directors Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones.

Adapted from “The Rodin Project” a full-length work of contemporary dance by Maliphant, inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin. Maliphants’ work is characterised by a unique approach to flow and energy and a concern with the relationship between movement, light, music, form and dynamics.

The future/past philosophy behind film makers Du Preez & Thornton Jones informs levels of abstraction and mystery that resonate and challenge notions of beauty. Their subconscious homage to classicism and surrealism convey the pair’s vision of ‘dreams in reality’.

The trio worked with a multi-award-winning team on EREBUS including director of photography Tim Maurice Jones, editor Xavier Perkins, art director Robin Brown, musician James Lavelle, and costume designer Stevie Stewart, amongst others.


In Greek mythology, Erebus was a primordial deity, representing the personification of darkness. Hesiod’s Theogony places him as one of the first five beings to come into existence from Chaos.

It was also the part of Hades you went to immediately after dying. Erebus is darkness.

Here’s Wordsworth:

“Not Chaos, not
The darkest pit of lowest Erebus,
Nor aught of blinder vacancy, scooped out
By help of dreams—can breed such fear and awe
As fall upon us often when we look
Into our Minds, into the Mind of Man—
My Haunt, and the main region of my song.”