STRANGERS & OTHERS
(2017) Invited to look, touch, assume and judge, the audience 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 & Others Hanna and Heidi explore socialization, tolerance, autonomy and exposure.
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, Laban Theatre and Metal UK, Nordic House Iceland, Region Värmland and Dansens Hus Sweden, Bergen Dansesenter and Liikelaituri Finland.
Photo: Benedict Johnson
what the press and audience says
Introduction The Red Line
“I love theatre that exposes me, I like theatre where I feel a bit on edge cause I get a buzz from it” Audience Expectations
“Challenging. Thought provoking. Big learning curve. Fun. Something that I will think about for quite a long time. “ Audience Reactions
“A unique experience that is challenging mentally in moral judgement, found this really interesting” Reflections
“The currency and resonance of #MeToo with the recent exposure of intimidation, sexual abuse and rape of women and men at the behest of those exercising their power is clearly present” Ian Abbott
GIF review Ian Abbott