In 1914, Suffragette Mary Richardson vandalised the Rokeby Venus painting at the National Gallery in protest against sexist voting laws. Richardson would later go on to lead the Women's Section of the British Union of Fascists. VENUS is an explosive piece of Dance Theatre for 7 performers which seeks to embody the chaos and political ambiguity of the early twentieth century. Created with writer Peter Clements and composer Li Yilei.
Supported by Paul Mellon Centre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Bristol Old Vic & TIR Danza
ENEMY OF THE STARS
Joshua Ben-Tovim’s Enemy of the Stars is a dance adaptation of Wyndham Lewis’s 1914 play. Written seven months before the outbreak of World War I and published as part of the Vorticist manifesto BLAST, it is considered by some to be the first modernist play with links drawn with Beckett's Waiting for Godot, written some 40 years later. Two characters rage against themselves and each other through suicidal musings and desperation for meaning, echoing the way in which the Modernist movement sought to be reborn from the ashes of Victorian morality.
A score by Benjamin Oliver, developed using materials co-created with Hollie Harding, features a new recording for contemporary classical chamber ensemble in counterpoint with intricate drone soundscapes.
Supported by Cohan Collective, Calling the Shots, BBC Arts
Communing with recordings of Leonora Carrington, her paintings and short stories, Cosmic Yoghurt is a dance that attempts to channel the artist's extraordinary energy and imagination. Created in conversation with designer and long-term collaborator Pam Tait, and a first time collaboration with composer Nick Hart. Choreographed by Roseanna Anderson.
Supported by Museums Wiltshire, 4x20 Festival of Dance, Arts Council England.
Based on the book by, and featuring George Monbiot, FERAL is an audio-visual collaboration between Joshua Ben-Tovim and composer Hollie Harding, featuring an original recording from the London Symphony Orchestra.
Supported by Jerwood Arts, Hinrichsen Foundation, Films@59
"Powerful and beautiful"