RICHARD CHAPPELL DANCE – AT THE END WE BEGIN
March 8, 2018
£12, concessions £10, £1 off with Festival Pass
Following it’s creation on Studio Wayne McGregor’s 2017 FreeSpace Program and first UK Tour, Richard Chappell Dance presents At the end we begin. The company’s dynamic, compelling and first full length work uses T.S. Eliot’s classic series Four Quartets as a point of departure by representing each poem with four arresting and emotionally fuelled quartets of dance, named after each poem.
At the end we begin questions how time’s circular nature affects our understanding of ourselves and inhabits the derelict and sometimes turbulent landscape of Eliot’s poetry. It takes four young individuals from a place of being lost to a state of empowerment and acceptance where they have found their own voice by journeying through Eliot’s text.
Whilst combining Chappell’s distinguishable blend of classical ballet, martial arts, improvisation and contact work with three other highly skilled performers, At the end we begin dives into each performer’s unique and diverse skills, such Vogueing and Breaking.
With a rich palette of qualities, At the end we begin embraces welcomes audiences into a tenacious and committed world of adrenaline, full-bodied chaos, personal sensitivity and delicate patience.
With dramaturgy by Neus Gil Cortes, a freshly composed score of cello, piano and electronics by Samuel Hall and costume design by Hannah Taylor, this is Richard Chappell Dance‘s most challenging and collaborative work to date.
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