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Wayne Parsons Dance presents
Meeting and Vestige a Double Bill
Saturday 25 February
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In a nutshell
An evening of dance theatre works that take a fresh look at the theme of memory.
Think about Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Sylvia Plath. Think about how we experience these women today. We know these women through what they left behind--their bodies of work, their possessions, and most importantly the memories of people they met.
In Vestige, we meet Livia who's memory is kept alive in the stories told by those who knew her. Three characters: a biographer, a portrait artist, and an archivist talk about the times they shared with Livia. They tell us how they've captured her essence through their different media. What transpires is that they have very different accounts of who Livia was.
Vestige exposes the fact that we have very little control of the narratives of our lives once we have passed; how we are remembered will ultimately be constructed by the living.
Last seen at Big Dance 2016, Meeting explores how contextual memory recollection is. A finalist at the 6th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, this compelling duet features a commissioned score by Composer Angus MacRae.
Two new documentaries will be shown by talented film students in collaboration with Eastside Educational Trust that will shine a light on the creation and development of Vestige.
What to Expect
Expect new writing, new choreography, new composition, a very talented cast and a fresh look at how text and movement can both be employed to tell stories.
Wayne Parsons - Artistic Director/Choreographer/Dancer
Wayne has worked with some of the world's leading contemporary dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, Richard Alston Dance Company, National Dance Company of Wales and Mark Bruce Company.
Ankur Bahl - Writer
Ankur holds a BA and MA in Journalism from Northwestern University. He has been a performer with DV8 Physical Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Globe. He was the Writer for the dance film ‘The Art Of Defining Me’ produced by Seeta Patel.
Pooja Ghai - Dramaturg
Pooja Ghai is Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Her most recent productions include ‘Counting Stars’ and ‘The House of In Between’ both had successful runs at Theatre Royal Stratford East.
Other creatives include: Nicolai Hart-Hansen (Set and Costume designer), Angus MacRae (Composer and Musician) and Doug Currie (Production Manager and Lighting Designer).
And… some amazing performers who are Sonya Cullingford, Katie Lusby, Sarah Baltzinger and Ian Garside.
Vestige has been supported by the Arts Council England, East London Dance, DanceEast, The Place, English National Ballet, Akademi, Cambridge Junction and Rich Mix.
Vestige is supported by the Dance Enterprise Ideas Fund – an East London Dance initiative with Canary Wharf Arts + Events, English National Ballet, Redbridge Drama Centre, Rich Mix, Sadlers Wells and supported by Hoxton Hall, Studio Wayne McGregor, University of East London and Foundation for FutureLondon
What people are saying
'Every moment seemed imbued with a particular meaning' Graham Watts on Meeting.
'I really got lost in that actually, the writing was brilliant' Audience member on A Vestige, a work-in-progress performance for Vestige.
'A beautiful piece' Audience member on A Vestige
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Things you should know
This event is suitable for ages 16+
This event is wheelchair accessible.