A raft in the middle of the ocean. Two women on board, lost in the high seas. A complex network of storms serves as a metaphor for courage and an intense struggle for survival. The two women share testimonies, coexist on the raft, and learn to live together in this small, unpredictable landscape. An intimate and sensitive show, with a timely environmental concern and an exciting uncertainty.
ADRIFT tells the story of two women lost at sea on a moving wooden raft. In this journey across oceans, we witness the danger, courage and struggles of the characters as they battle the odds and learn to live together in this small and unpredictable landscape.
Performed in the round, using dance, physical theatre and circus, Kapow has captured a risky, exciting and dynamic journey, mixed with sensitivity and uncertainty which can be understood by many.
About Kapow – Dance Circus Theatre:
Kapow – Dance Circus Theatre is a Manchester based company run by Eithne Kane and Beth Powlesland. Kapow creates bold and imaginative touring productions. Their aim is to share the joy of imagination, physical storytelling and the moving body with audiences. Kapow was co. founded by Eithne Kane and Beth Powlesland in 2015.
Eithne began her movement career as a gymnast before discovering dance in her teens and going on to train at London Contemporary Dance School. She has performed internationally with companies including Joli Vyann, Tilted Productions, The National Theatre, Opera North and Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre. She has worked with many independent directors including Jorge Cresis, Madeline Shann, James Wilton, IJAD and Wild Rumpus amongst others. Eithne is an experienced teacher of Dance and Yoga. She has recently joined the education team for the Russell Maliphant Dance Company and is excited to continue developing and sharing her movement practice.
Beth Powlesland’s professional experience includes 2 years with Tilted Productions, 7 years with physical theatre company, Earthfall and work with numerous independent directors including National Dance Company Wales, National Theatre Wales, National Theatre Wales and Theatr IoIo.
Beth is participating in an on-going collaboration with Jo Fong, together they have travelled to China, Edinburgh Fringe, British Council Showcase, British Dance Edition and venues throughout Europe.
Creative / Production credits:
Choreographed by Kapow – Eithne Kane & Beth Powlesland
Dramaturgy – Amy Bell
Raft design and build – Julian Payne
Set and costume design – Eleri Lloyd
Music editing – Sion Orgon
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Adrift is supported by Without Walls.
Dance Manchester – presenting organisation
Arts Council England
Arts Council Wales
Outdoor Arts UK
University of Salford