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A dance theatre duet with a fashion design twist. Dystopia is a jaw-dropping and thought-provoking performance, looking at our human need for connection and belonging, in opposition with our modern anxieties based on fear and violence. Striking physicality and an exciting soundscape take the audience on an intense journey through hell and back. The show is ultimately a message of hope and a call for our common humanity.
Under the helm of creative director/choreographer Johnny Autin and producer Kirsten Tranter, Autin Dance Theatre (Birmingham, est. 2013) produces innovative and aspirational artistic performances, and provides an extensive learning and education programme.
'Johnny Autin and Laura Vanhulle from the award-winning Autin Dance Theatre present ‘Dystopia’ - another outstanding and hypnotic dance piece of the highest standard'
- Darren Haywood (Birmingham Fest)
Autin Dance Theatre presents Dystopia with the support of Arts Council England and MAC Birmingham.
A forest of vertically balanced poles, vulnerable to the lightest touch. Two performers navigate this precarious environment with the ever-present risk that one mistake could prove catastrophic. Orchard explores how the human form can overcome the constraints of its environment.
Elinor Lewis is a performance-driven artist based in London. Her choreography employs the relationship between human and object to investigate themes of risk and impermanence.
Choreographer, movement director and pedagogue, Nuria Legarda Andueza is a multidisciplinary artist supported in London and Barcelona. The form of her work continually shifts to explore the effervescence of the inner world of the individual.
‘Orchard poetically reveals that fragile nature of life and the suspense in the eyes of the spectators feeling the tension about what is going to happen next, so that when a pole does fall it almost hurts.’
- Camila Moncada Bradford for BehindTHISScenes.com
Original Concept: Elinor Lewis
Creation and Performance: Elinor Lewis and Nuria Legarda Andueza
Dramaturge: Nuria Legarda Andueza
Scenography: Elinor Lewis
Lighting Design: Elinor Lewis in collaboration with Nao Nagai
Costume Design: Elinor Lewis in collaboration with Berthe Fortin
Elinor Lewis is on Facebook
The piece evolves around the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) which affects an increasing number of soldiers exposed to traumatic events of grave danger during the war. Six extraordinary dancers are the war victims who continue to live being dead inside. They play in a surreal dimension with great physicality and strong expression as in a movie.
What can the mind do? Where is your border?
'Extraordinary dancers and interesting choreography.'
- Rossella Battisti, Dance Critic.
Artistic Direction and Choreography: Luca Braccia
Performers: Sam Ford, Yasmine Lindskog, Livia Massarelli, José Tomás, Kyle White, Tom Wohlfahrt
Collaborators: Terry Aiello, Paolo Pisarra
Acting/Vocal assistance: James Bailey
Lighting: Luca Braccia
Costume: Luca Braccia, Paolo Pisarra
Sound: Various tracks edited by Luca Braccia supervised by Marco Melia
Composers: William Basinski, Anne-James Chaton, Bryce Dessner, Holly Herndon, Andy Moor, Carsten Nicolai, Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Graphic: Marco Corona
Photo: Cristiano Castaldi
Marketing and Press: Giulia Avino, Luca Braccia, Tom Wohlfahrt
Partners Flow Dance London, Monday Club.
BARBERDANCE / Luca Braccia is supported by Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme.
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Venue: at The Place