STRANGERS AND OTHERS
Wearing head phones the audience enter the stage rather than the auditorium, instructed live through a series of choreographed meetings. Invited to look, touch, assume and judge, they choose how to respond, placing themselves into lines, groups and pairs. Witnessed only by the choreographers, they use appearance, physicality and behaviour as a guide to negotiate each other as they cooperate in silence. Immersed in light and sound the space of the theatre frames the questions; who takes responsibility and when do actions have consequences? In Strangers and Others Hanna and Heidi explore socialization, tolerance, autonomy and exposure.
Strangers and Others goes into production in April 2017.
Choreography and direction: Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard
Dramaturg: Martin Hargreaves
Music composition: Sylvia Hallett
Lighting design: Andy Hammond
Funded by: Arts Council England, Arts Council Norway, Nordic Culture Fund, Region Värmland Sweden, Dance4 Nottingham UK and supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme.
Co-production: Dance4 and Metal UK, Nordic House Iceland, Region Värmland and Dansens Hus Sweden, Bergen Dansesenter and Liikelaituri Finland.
Photo: Benedict Johnson