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Preview: Crackle. Dust. On tour
Call To Action And A Sharing Of Power
of Others first production Crackle. Dust. shares the true stories of women from
across the North
of Others presents
Bradford Kala Sangam - Saturday 13 April
Hexham Abbey - Tuesday 23 April
Manchester STUN - Friday 26 April
Newcastle Dance City - Saturday 27 April
ARC Stockton on Wednesday 1 May
Byker Community Centre on Saturday 4 May
Newcastle based dance theatre company, Company of Others,
is about to take its ﬁrst show Crackle. Dust., made in collaboration with women
from across the North, on tour. Audiences in Bradford, Hexham, Manchester,
Newcastle upon Tyne, Stockton and Byker will have the chance to get up close
and personal to the piece which shares the lived experiences of Northern women
through exquisite choreography, live sound and spoken word.
To create Crackle. Dust. Company of Others’ Artistic
Director Nadia Iftkhar collected the stories from women across the North. The
initial call out invited women to share their stories of endings – leaving it
completely up to the women to decide what ‘ending’ meant to them. Featuring a
diverse ensemble of seven female performers, aged 21 to 60, Crackle. Dust.
shares the trues stories of endings that have had a life changing impact on
As Nadia Iftkhar explains: “Crackle. Dust. reminds us of
our shared experiences as women whilst opening up our world to understand those
who have stories that feel worlds away from our own history. I hope the
audience will feel a greater connection to each other through hearing these
experiences together and will leave with a sense of pride in the resilience of
women. The stories we have received range from ﬂeeing southern Nigeria to save
a daughter from FGM, leaving an abusive marriage after 20 years to ﬁnding a new
life at 73 as a singer in a band. They are joyful, traumatic, triumphant and
heartbreakingly sad. Audiences will hear some of the women’s voices in the show
and the performers are close to the audience so you can really see the smallest
movement and hear their quietest whispers. It felt important to create a show
you can feel close to, that you can feel you are with the performers and the
Over the last 15 years professional dance artist Nadia
Iftkhar has worked in a range of diverse settings where she has created and
collaborated on over 20 original works. Crackle.
Dust. is the ﬁrst piece to be produced by Company of
Others, of which Nadia is Artistic Director and founder. The company formed in
2016 with support from Arts Council England’s Elevate Fund which supported arts
organisations that make a signiﬁcant contribution to the Creative Case for
Diversity to strengthen their vision through organisational development.
Crackle. Dust. will be captioned at every venue using
Talking Birds’ The Difference Engine, a free app that delivers captioning
direct to smartphones or tablets. Tablets will be available at each venue for
anyone who does not have access to a smart phone.
Crackle. Dust. will have its World Premiere at Kala Sangam
in Bradford on Saturday 13 April. The show will then tour to Queen’s Hall Arts
Centre, Hexham on Tuesday 23 April; STUN in Manchester on Friday 26 April;
Dance City in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 27 April and ARC Stockton on
Wednesday 1 May. The tour will end at Byker Community Centre on Saturday 4 May,
a venue close to Nadia’s heart as it was a place she frequently attended as a
Dust. is supported by public funding through Arts Council
National Lottery Grants with additional commissioning support from Arc
Stockton, Dance City, GemArts, Kala Sangam, Newcastle Culture Investment Fund
and Well Newcastle Gateshead.
Performed by Susan Betts, Sophie Hutchinson, Emma Holt,
Alicia Meehan, Jenna Anne Nathan and Benedicta Valentina
Tickets at Kala Sangam, Hexham Abbey, STUN, Manchester, ARC
Stockton and Byker Community Centre are ‘Pay What You Decide’ performances
allowing people to pay what they can afford but also decide on a price based on
their experience of the show.