PROJECTS

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VERTIGO VARIATIONS

In a world where stability seems not to exist and everything seems always to be shaking, we ask how we find our feet and move forward. How do we learn to live with this state, to work with it, to even - perhaps - fall in love with it. Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's iconic film Vertigo and our own experiences of dancing on the edge of oblivion.

photo Paul Wade

STORIES OF THE PRESENT WAR

In a live puzzling out of complex matters, a rediscovered collection of letters from the 1940s catalyses a dialogue between then and now. Collective and personal histories collide as we (re)consider and (re)configure the stories we tell and the things we inherit.

stories began as a performance installation seen at London's low stakes festival (New River Studios) and Arebyte Garden City Island. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we ran a weekly digital "Quarantine Service", featuring streamed readings, podcasts, photography and live blogging. This culminated in a bilingual English/Czech performance installation at Prague's Studio Alta, in collaboration with Czech dramaturg and theatre artist Eva Daníčková. You can explore the project's digital life here

stories of the present war is different each time it is performed. It is available to tour as a performance installation. Future digital seasons, featuring more of the letter archive are also in the works. 

photo Paul Wade

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BLACK DRESS

With the iconic black dress as its point of departure, Black Dress dances in the tension between external presentation and internal self-perception. A succession of black dresses, each with its own rich backstory and backlog of memories, shape and re-shape the body, which in turn fights (or plays) back, challenging assumptions around the ways we

perform and read gender. Getting dressed is never a straightforward act.

In development in 2021.

photo Svetlana Lopato

MOVEMENT/ARCHITECTURE

Our unique approach to site-responsive performance. In Movement/Architecture projects, performers duet with built space, drawing the spectator's attention to details hidden in plain sight. When transported to a theatre or gallery space, Movement/Architecture has the power to to evoke an absent building for spectators who have never seen it. Think of it is as embodied 3-D printing, or a moving blueprint.


Festival appearances include Prague Quadrennial 2019, Being Human 2018 and Open Air Program 2018. Supported by Arts Council England, Nadace Život Umělce and University of London.


Contact us to discuss a bespoke intervention for your festival or space. 


photo Svetlana Lopato


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BACKSTORIES

Backstory - where to begin? Behind us, most certainly. Yet in terms of when, when to start from? Yesterday, last week, a month ago, a year ago, several years ago, most of a life? Or from a particular event? A particular something? Or a very specific place? Even as we say the word, our heads raise and tilt ever so slightly backwards.


A solo performance for the spine and its secrets, BackStories premiered at ImpFest 2015 and was nominated for the Space to Dance Award at Brighton Fringe 2016. BackStories is available for touring, accompanied by an interactive photography exhibition. 


Conceived by Becka McFadden & Scheherazaad Copper. Directed by Daniel Somerville. Supported by Arts Council England, ANA Arts Projects, Canada Council for the Arts and Goldsmiths, University of London. 

photo Paul Wade


 

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