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 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 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