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With Catastrophic Consequences is a collaboration between dancer and choreographer Taylor Han and multi-instrumentalist composer Alex Paton.
The work explores the nuances of the relationships between not only dance and music, but the individuals behind it. Improvisation allows for each artist to be influenced by the other whilst live on stage.
Together, the artists question:
How do we begin?
Where are we headed?
Where might we end?
This is a celebration of the beauty of live collaboration, listening (to one another), and saying yes to new possibilities.
“[…] yet invigorated by her desire, she makes her move, with catastrophic consequences.”
Choreographer: Taylor Han
TBC: To Be Connected features an original score, visceral contemporary dance, powerful spoken word and arresting visuals which highlight the basic needs and root desires of human beings - connection!
TBC explores the extremes of connection and disconnection: how we try to connect to others; in various ways, and for differing intentions. This intriguing and emotive duet also looks at why we choose to disconnect, as we can often retreat from ourselves and others, finding distractions to numb emotional and physical pain.
"Gerrard Martin performance B has to be the most profound, provocative and yet poignant exploration around queer black identity to date in the UK, it ambitiously explores themes of the self, otherness, idealism, faith, love and their intersectionality. It’s not often you get to be part of history in the making but this is exactly what we are witnessing here."
Mark Lawrence Banfield - Community Engagement Officer at the Terrence Higgins Trust, and CEO of Regenovate CIC
Performers: Vanessa Abreu & Gerrard Martin
Dance-theatre-satire explores human hopes of plastic icon: "I could sell my dreamhouse, move to Switzerland, get fat, grow old and die." - Barbie on turning 60. Taking inspiration from music videos, advertisting and comedy sketch shows, Elefantin looks at female image and expectation, heteronormative and male gaze, female empowerment and aggressive sexuality in pop culture and asks the iconic 1959 Barbie how she is and what she really wants for herself.
Performers: Cree Barnett Williams and Alessia Ruffolo
Costume: Angela Roudaut.
“The highlight of the performances – Elefantin. An homage to Ms. Barbie in duplicate, in the truest sense of the word. Alessia Ruffolo and Cree Barnett Williams (also direction) let the “doll” dance in front of a Barbie Army…an amusement not to be missed…” Peter Brauer, Nordhessen Journal "
This piece was created with the support of Staatstheater Kassel and Johannes Wieland Company
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Venue: at The Place