The Thing is for ages 6 to 11, a playful dance, light & sound interactive and inclusive performance installation, developed by Robin Dingemans and 5 superb dancers from across Europe. Audience are within touching distance of the performers & able to be within the show. The work is performed in seatless black box theatre spaces, it is non-narrative but bubbles with humanness and is at times gently political. It is a constant liberating of what and how a person can be which cultivates an awareness of the vast potential of every person. The performers guide the audience through the work whilst simultaneously the audience - performer relationship is numerous reconfigured, including the audience being able to participate within the choreography. It offers the opportunity for children to experience and gain an appreciation of experimental/original dance that is usually exclusively for adult audiences.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, co-commissioned by Pavilion Dance South West, Dance4 & RichMix with further support from Escalator Dance, South East Dance, Déda and The Place.
Image: Christoph Bolten