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ABOUT US

Performance Installation

“ABOUT US is a remarkable embodiment of ordinary human experience that reveals the universal through the personal, and places dance firmly in the political sphere.” Maggie Watson of Oxford Dance Writer 

“This is utopian performance in which performers bathe both one another and their audience in well-being and gently instil a sense of hope for our collective futures…” Josephine Leask, DanceTabs 

“…the singularity of the eight performers’ experiences becomes the plurality of ‘us’ not in the sense of a self-regulating, enclosed group but as an open and imaginative relation of the individual to others.” Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance

“Performed in the round, the audience are actively involved in the piece and can even change seats in order to change perspective – one of the key points of the show”  Liverpool One

Directed and choreographed by Jacky Lansley, with new music by Sylvia Hallett and performers: Vincent Ebrahim, Esther Huss, Fergus Early, Ingrid MacKinnon, Ursula Early, Jreena Green, Tim Taylor. Cinematographer: Roswitha Chesher, Lighting Designers: Nao Nagai and James MacKenzie, Dramaturg: Ramsay Burt.

ABOUT US has visited Modern Art Oxford (2019), Cultural Exchanges Festival – De Montfort University/Leicester (2018), Bluecoat – Liverpool (2018), and Oxford House Theatre – London (2018).

ABOUT US is a multimedia performance created by Jacky Lansley with artists from dance, visual art, experimental music and theatre backgrounds. It is characterised by interdisciplinary collaboration and powerful explorations of personal and political struggles around loss, joy, caring and oppression that affect us all.

Inspired by the everyday experiences of the human condition, this performance plays with multiple perspectives – near and far, live and film, inside and outside – to draw the audience into an intimate world of which they are a part, it is a performance about us all.

“More and more I have understood how the personal is political and how important it is to listen to each other’s stories.” Jacky Lansley

Further resources:

Jacky Lansley talks ‘ABOUT US’ with:

One Dance UK – article & interview

Wonderful World of Dance

Liverpool One

East London Radio – podcast

Reviews:

Maggie Watson, Oxford Dance Writers: Read here

Josephine Leask, DanceTabs review: Read here

Nicholas Minns, Writing About Dance review: Read here 

Dance Research Studio is supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund

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