Through dance, visual art, sound and spoken language, Alive! expresses the interior world & spirit of the dancers, narrating emotional stories that express the true dynamics of what it is to be Alive!.
During the performance Rachel and the dancers collaboratively create artworks. The dancers paint and in turn the artists dance.
Alive! turns the mundane reality of our current economic climate on its head and reaches out to remind us that life is joyous and that we must still embrace and celebrate being Alive!.
About Rachel Gadsden, Mark Smith and Deaf Men Dancing
Mark is a deaf choreographer (of Sadler’s Wells’ Shoes), who uses a fusion of different styles of dance incorporated with sign-language to create exciting and unique work for his company Deaf Men Dancing; an all-male deaf company who have performed at The Place and Dance East. Rachel is a visual artist, whose methodology is expressionistic, energetic and raw, echoing the deepest motivations of what it is to be human.
A collaboration with Deaf Men Dancing and visual artist Rachel Gadsden.
Produced by Greenwich + Dockland International Festival.
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Commissioned by Without Walls
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
Dada South (in association with Up-Stream)
Alive! is supported by Accentuate