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“ Smart, sensitive and sometimes sensual" **** The Times
“their tender togetherness an affirmation of looking beyond appearances and seeing another person for who they really are.” **** The Herald (Scotland)
How do we look at each other?
How do we allow ourselves to be seen? How do our bodies shape the ways we perceive the world around us? Can we change how we see others?
The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight is a social sculpture—a sensory journey, for two performers and audience. Dancing, singing, telling stories and asking questions, leading UK disabled artist Claire Cunningham and international choreographer and performer Jess Curtis, combine performance, original music, and video to wrestle (sometimes literally) with important questions about our habits and practices of perceiving each other and the world.
In collaboration with noted author and philosopher of perception Dr. Alva Noë, video artist Yoann Trellu, composer Matthias Herrmann, and dramaturge Luke Pell, they perform an evening-length duet that excavates their own ways of seeing each other—as a man and a woman of different ages, bodies and backgrounds. In 2005 Curtis was the choreographer who first introduced Cunningham to movement, leading to her career as a choreographer in her own right. Now a decade later they return to work together to co-create The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight.
Age recommendation 14+
Audio description available on both nights.
Fri 19 May This performance will be BSL Interpreted.
Seating is unreserved. Seats comprise of normal theatre seating and an option to sit on stage on chairs, cushions on the floor or in your wheelchair. When sitting on stage Claire and Jess will perform around you and may come into contact with you. If you have any specific access requirements please tell box office when booking your tickets.
Stay after the show on Fri 19 May for a discussion with Claire and Jess. This discussion will be BSL interpreted.
The Way You Look (At Me) Tonight has been made possible by support from the following funders and organisations: Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012, co-commissioned by Tramway Glasgow and supported by The Place London, Norfolk & Norwich Festival and British Council. The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from The Kenneth Rainin Foundation, The San Francisco Arts Commission, The Zellerbach Family Foundation, San Francisco Grants for the Arts. Fonds Darstellende Künste, Kofinanzierungsfonds des Regierenden Bürgermeisters von Berlin – Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Summer 2017