How do we come together, co-exist and create understanding between social groups and cultures? What does community and integration mean?
Wearing silent disco head phones the audience are invited to enter the stage rather than the auditorium, instructed live through a series of choreographed meetings. Given permission 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 reactions as a guide to negotiate each other as they cooperate in silence. Immersed by light and sound the audience will experience being alone and together at the same time.
In 20 Strangers Hanna and Heidi raise questions around socialization, tolerance, autonomy, contribution, exposure and choice. Will the audience follow the social codes and play their part?
20 Strangers goes into production in April premiering at Cinnober Gothenburg Sweden in August 2017.
Choreography and direction: Hanna Gillgren and Heidi Rustgaard
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