Red Shoes draws from the rich imagery provided by fairytales both grim and glorious. The set creates a forest of poles. Once the dancers enter, it will become a place beyond the ‘normal’, where strange things might occur, and strange people might live; the home of magic, imagination and ultimately transformation. The work explores themes of loss, journey and transformation, and uses dance, Chinese pole and other circus techniques to create a new playful outdoor dance work.
Upswing works with the human body to tell stories of people, their culture and the world we all share using high-quality circus blended with a theatrical performance, memorable music and the imaginative use of visual imagery. Upswing challenges assumptions of identity, place and our relationships with each other by literally turning the world upside down
Direction and choreography
Cast: Nathalie Alison, Jen Robinson, Justine Squire, Laura Moy
Funding, commissioning and partner credits:
Commissioned in 2012 by Without Walls and Watch this Space Festival.