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Preview: Sometimes There’s Light across the North East
Moving Dust presents
Sometimes There’s Light
[sometimes there’s dark]
Joe Wild - Photo: Roswitha Chesher
Performed in a village hall, an old warehouse, a derelict chapel and the gym of an ex-military barracks, this multi-sensory work uses handheld movable light and contemporary dance to create an intimate meditation on love and loss.
Hosted in a variety of atmospheric, non-traditional spaces across the UK, Sometimes There’s Light [sometimes there’s dark] blends contemporary dance with lyrical text in a sculptural light installation which brings audiences into the heart of the work. Allowing audiences to share space with the five performers and experience dance up close, the work will adapt to each of the spaces across the tour, creating a series of unique, one-off events.
Joe Wild - Photo: Roswitha Chesher
Presented in unusual venues in London and the North East, this cross-artform work draws on the experience of borderlands (between countries and between sea & land) to create a meditation on the fluid boundaries between life and death, and our experience of loss and grieving. Our aim is that engagement with the project will have a lasting effect on people's own encounters with grief, by allowing us more freedom to express our emotional experiences of loss.
Artistic director Kate Sagovsky said, “I spent 6 months on a remote Scottish island where the style and pace of life is very different, and you have left behind many of the assumed norms of the modern world. It seems like life is stripped back to its elemental form: the sea, the sunlight, night and day, good food and the people around you. There was so much laughter, but tears too. It was a place where I could come to terms with lots of pain from loss I had stored up over the years. When I came back to the mainland I wanted to share this experience with other people – to bring them a window of space and a slowing of time to allow reflection on the beauty of life around us, filled as it is both with love and loss, great happiness and great sadness. Most of the text in the show was written on that island and this is my chance to bring a small bit of the island to people around the UK, to allow them to step out of their everyday lives for an hour and engage with something deeper, whatever that might be for them.”
Joe Wild -
Photo: Roswitha Chesher
Moving Dust creates experimental performance with an international pool of long-term collaborators. The company’s work spans theatre, dance, installation and large-scale outdoors work, and has been performed at venues and festivals around the UK, including at The Bush, The Arcola (Create Festival); New Wolsey Theatre (Pulse); The Place (Resolution!); and Pleasance Courtyard (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Moving Dust have performed in festivals across the UK but this is the first chance to catch their work in the North East in an entirely new piece which has been commissioned by Dance City to support exciting new work in the North East.
Kate Sagovsky is the artistic director of Moving Dust. She also works as a director, movement director and education practitioner across a wide range of contexts. She has worked at the RSC, National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Barbican, and the Southbank Centre. She has been invited to lead work in Japan, USA and South Africa, and attended by selection both the National Theatre Studio Directors’ Course and the Lincoln Centre Theater Directors’ Lab. She was nominated in the Off West End Theatre Awards for ‘Best Choreographer’ in 2011.
Performed by Charlie Ashwell, Sarah Calver, Simon Carroll Jones, Marc Saad & Joe Wild
Devised by Kate Sagovsky and Charlie Ashwell, Ida Ballerini, Sarah Calver, Simon Carroll Jones, Sara Green, Vincent Manna, Garth McConaghie, Edmund McKay, JaneMcLean, JindeokPark, Marc Saad, Gabriella Schmidt & Joe Wild
Music Composition & Sound Design by Garth McConaghie
Set & Lighting Design, & Production Management by Edmund McKay
Direction, Choreography & Text by Kate Sagovsky
Assistant Director-Choreographer Sara Green
Associate Creative Producer Ida Ballerini
Tour 2014 Produced by DepArts
Age guidance: 16+
Running time Approx.: 1 hour
Locations: Not performed at a traditional theatre [venue as per location] Venues may be cold so please advise audiences to wrap up warm.