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Six, wooden, door-sized frames, balanced upright in a row - waiting to fall like dominoes. Two people defiantly occupy this precarious space, performing a suspenseful balancing act. Skin on wood, they strain against the frames, straddling the frames like lovers. Joints creaking, they slowly queer the timber, becoming slow-moving, part-human-part-frame hybrids.
In a kaleidoscope of light, TIMBER is about reclaiming risky spaces, subverting limitation, and finding space to flourish within precarious situations. This slowly unfurling work explores the simmering power of silence, stillness, and gradual change, whilst playfully testing people’s attitudes toward risk and uncertainty.
Sensitivity warning: This performance contains loud, sudden noises and bright, pulsating lights.
Duration: 50 minutes
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This is a live performance in The Place theatre.
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Creator and Choreographer: Elinor Lewis
Creative Contributor: Hannah Parsons
Performers: Elinor Lewis and Hannah Parsons
Set Designer: Hannah Sharp
Lighting Designer: Nao Nagai
Costume Designer: Berthe Fortin
Photographer and Videographer: Rocio Chacon
Many thanks to TIMBER's interview participants, whose stories and ideas helped fuel TIMBER's creative research. You can read these conversations at www.elinorlewis.com/works.php by clicking on the link in TIMBER's description. Thanks also to Dr Sophie Jones, Viv Gordon and Hamish MacPherson for supporting the project with their expertise. This project was made possible with support from The Place, DanceXchange, Arts Council England, Take Art, Pavilion Dance South West, Artsadmin's BANNER Award 2017 - 2018, Taunton Pride, Somerset Lesbian Network, Diversity Trust and Chard WATCH.
About Elinor Lewis
Elinor Lewis, (she/they) makes work that straddles dance, live art and installation. She is interested in people’s attitudes towards risk, why people feel tense when confronted with uncertainty and what happens to people’s perception of risk when states of tension are drawn out over long periods of time. Her creative practice seeks to embody and playfully unpick themes of precariousness, ecology, and tension using bodies and objects. Elinor is currently a Work Place Artist at The Place. Other supporters of her work include DanceXchange, Pavilion Dance South West, Take Art, Arts Council England, Aerowaves Twenty19 and Goldsmiths College.
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Duration: 50 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2021