Alethia Antonia & Rhys Dennis. Photo: Liam Keown
It begins in darkness is a dance full of ghosts.
In this stark, stripped back performance, five dancers move through mysterious and experimental rites of passage, channelling past, present and future tensions through their bodies and voices. As if to exorcise the haunted house of history, the dancers whisper, jump, wrestle, shiver, wail and laugh, filling the space with horrors, both real and imagined.
It begins in darkness is an environment for processing the fear, anger and confusion which arise from the histories of slavery and colonialism that haunt the present.
Dancers: Rhys Dennis, Adrienne Ming, Mayowa Ogunnaike, Rose Sall Sao and Natifah White
Conceived and directed by: Seke Chimutengwende
Choreography and text: Seke Chimutengwende with the dancers
Creative input from Alethia Antonia
Dramaturgy: Charlie Ashwell
Lighting design: Marty Langthorne
Costume design: Annie Pender
Composer: Aisha Orazbayeva
Sound technician: Michael Picknett
Producer: Eve Veglio-Hüner
Tuesday 27th September - Friday 30th September, The Mount Without, Bristol
Thursday 3rd October, The Place, London
Dates tbc - Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Brighton
Dates tbc - Nottdance festival, Nottingham
Thursday 27th October, Bluecoat, Liverpool
Arts Council England Project Grants, The Place, Dance4, Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, Impermanence, Bluecoat, University of Roehampton, Sadler’s Wells and Chats Palace
Initial support from Wainsgate Dances, Battersea Arts Centre and Newstead Abbey/ Dancing Museums
Online panel discussion - "Haunting Newstead Abbey": click here
Video interview with Charlie Morrissey, Wainsgate Dances: click here
Online conversation with Marie-Anne McQuay, Bluecoat, Liverpool: click here
Black Newstead exhibition at Newstead Abbey
Exhibition of photos by Ben Harriott & Amanda Russell, from Seke and the dancers' residency at Newstead Abbey.
2nd October - 21st November
Below is a reading of a choreographic score, written as part of Seke's research, which was included in the online symposium 'Proximity: new directions in art and social repair', organised by Migrant Artists Mutual Aid.
Photos by Liam Keown
Dancers (clockwise from top): Rose Sall Sao, Natifah White, Adrienne Ming, Adrienne Ming & Rhys Dennis, the whole group, Alethia Antonia
It begins in darkness