The term 'feminism' was coined in 1837, but gender equality -- or lack thereof -- still casts a long shadow over modern British society. TOBY explores the monotony and constrictions of stereotypical gender roles through intense physical performance; exploring mainstream modern perplexities regarding the subversion of everyday gender performance and hierarchy, and the harm that rigid gender binaries inflict on all of us.
TOBY is made up of fourteen powerful females who perform an intense piece of work that physically explores the sheer frustration and despair of this never-ending cycle to achieve gender equality.
TOBY has an engaging emerging voice, that makes me want to see more'
-- Savannah Saunders, reviewer for The Place at Resolution
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10 years ago, two hopeful dance students applied for the Deutsche Bank fund to make a piece via Skype between the UK and New Zealand. We made it to the final round. We didn't get the funding. Now we're back, with a bump back down to earth, Skyping between London and Exeter. Exploring the original idea of making one work simultaneously in two locations, we’ve made this entire piece over Skype. A light-hearted look at expectation vs reality, how we've changed, how our dancing has changed. A chance for two wannabe dancers to have a go at making together again.
Choreographers: Eve Veglio-White and Jasmine Northbrooke
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A solo-duet created and performed by international award-winner, performer and theatre-maker Ester Natzijl (formerly with Netherlands Dance Theatre and Duda Paiva Company). A fascinating mix of puppetry, physical theatre and dance, the performance is about a woman faced with her fears and desires, carving out an entrancing performance of horror and humour, with an animated and sometimes evil avatar.
“Redefines theatre and dance” ★★★★★ (Reviews Hub)
"A deep and moving piece of theatre" ★★★★★ (Brighton & Hove News)
“An experience that lingers long after the performance is over” (Exeunt Magazine)
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: at The Place