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While You Are Here explores the events that unfold over time in one small space; in a photographic darkroom past secrets are uncovered, three centuries earlier a couple contemplate their future, someone catches fire and a dream is forever lost. Simultaneously looking at the past, present and future, stories are connected through their location, forgotten incidents ricocheting through the space as generations of humans pass by trying to make sense of life, of death, of time.
The performance combines dance, text and animation in an unpredictable collage to show time as an ever-evolving puzzle. Four world-class dancer-actors inhabit a striking world created by designer Akhila Krishnan with score by Max Pappenheim.
While You Are Here is a compelling new dance play that makes us question our relationship to environment, and the connections, legacies and inheritance passing through the centuries.
"We are a way for the universe to know itself” Carl Sagan, Astronomer
Age Recommendation: 12+
TUE 15 OCT: Free post-show talk in The Place Theatre
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.
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Concept: Jonathan Goddard and Lily McLeish
Choreographer: Jonathan Goddard
Director: Lily McLeish
Writer: Eve Leigh
Production Designer: Akhila Krishnan
Composer: Max Pappenheim
Lighting Designer: Lucy Hansom
Producer: Martin Collins
Dancers: Christopher Akrill, Hannah Kidd, Jonathan Savage & Clemmie Sveass
Projection Programmer: Stanley Orwin-Fraser
Marketing Designer: Joe Walkling
Production Manager: Marius Arnold-Clark
While You Are Here is commissioned by DanceEast and The Place, supported by Arts Council England, Stone Nest & the Royal Opera House.
Duration: 75 mins
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Autumn Season 2019