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Outlandish, theatrical and highly entertaining, This really is too much delves into a world of farcical stereotypes and preposterous power struggles. With irreverent physicality, four characters wrestle with restriction, gender and performance of identity, trying desperately to work out which box they fit into. Amusing and provoking in equal measure, this dance theatre performance reveals the downright absurd realities of what it means to be a 3-dimensional, high definition, water-drinking, salad-eating, moisturizing WO-man in modern society.”
Gracefool Collective is four female dance artists, all graduates of Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Incorporating dance, theatre, and comedy, Gracefool’s work mixes sharp observation with quick wit and playfulness. They have been twice shortlisted for the VantageArt Prize and had commissions from West Yorkshire Playhouse, NSCD and Yorkshire Dance.
Funded by Arts Council England Supported by Kulturskolan Örnsköldsvik, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and Spin Arts Management.
One cellist and eight women explore the fragile, complex and sometimes violent nature of female friendship. A gesture is worth a thousand words. A group of women face the audience. Using only the exact movements they have observed in bars, at bus stops, in lunch queues, they tell the story of a group of female friends.
Sasha is a director who makes physical theatre, opera, and dance. She is currently working with Akram Khan on his new piece Until the Lions. Lucy is a cellist and curator. She is founder of Kammer Klang and co-founder of the London Contemporary Music Festival.
"Brilliant creation! Created a very real sense of someone’s mind wandering – felt like I was daydreaming." - Audience member
This is a piece about the F word. Not the one you’re thinking about. The one we sometimes fear to face, or forget to fight for. Just pause and have a look around, what’s the missing F word?
Forget about your finances, about fishing, fake tan, fast food and French fries. Do you know swimming? This is a piece with everything you ever wanted to see (or not). A piece about everything and nothing really. About the other F word, which seems to be lost.
A shout out loud statement that something is wrong. Maybe we should try again. Will you join us?
Performers: Julia Bengtsson, Madeleine Jonsson, Francis Maskens, Alexandra Phollien, Ellen Slatkin, Sara Augieras and Bradley Smail.
A(r)CT was born with the idea that dance and arts should exist as a medium of social change. Since then we have participated in various events and festivals such as: Fringe Shorts 2015 at The Place, Summer Streets 2015 in Regents Street and many more. And we keep going…
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Resolution 2016