Can you remember every dance you’ve ever danced?
Memories of dancing alone all night at a party; of whirling across the stage at the Paris Opera Ballet; of silently, slowly revolving with a new lover on a canal boat at night; of a repeated tic – a bodily habit that feels like dancing; of walking alongside their mother; of racing with a dog across a beach; of dizzily spinning children; of weeping and dancing; of hitting the mark for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker….
Wallflower is a dance marathon, a game that alters according to the players.
Like much of Quarantine’s work, Wallflower serves as a form of portraiture. Each night, the performers choose what they want to reveal, what story of themselves they want to tell. In the seats around the dance floor, the spectators bring their own histories, understanding and expectations. And somewhere between the spotlight and the sidelines, Wallflower happens.
Wallflower takes two forms, a 90 minute version and a durational version which transforms the performance into an epic, exhausting 5-hour piece – the dancers grappling with the effort of memory as bodies and minds tire, hurt, slow and repeat.
We’ve begun to document a vast record of hundreds of remembered dances, a multi-volume, typed and indexed archive which begins with dances from early rehearsals and always ends with the last dance… To date, it would take over a day and a half to dance them all, and by the time you read this, there may well be hundreds more.
1-3 February 2017 | PuSh Festival | Vancouver, CA
20-22 October 2016 | UK Premiere | Dance Umbrella | Battersea Arts Centre, London, UK
28-29 October 2016 | Juncture, Leeds, UK
27 August 2016 | Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival | Vitlycke Centre for Performing Arts, Tanum, Sweden
24 – 26 September 2015 | Dublin Theatre Festival, IE
World Premiere | 28 – 30 August 2015 | Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, NL
Try-out performances (not public) | 20 – 22 August 2015 | HOME, Manchester, UK
Interview: Robbert Van Heuven interviews Richard Gregory 28 August 2015 (English translation)
Interview: Jig your memory: the dance marathon that sends us spiralling into the past - Lyndsey Winship, The Guardian – August 2016
Review: London Evening Standard, October 2016 ★★★★
Review: The Upcoming, October 2016 ★★★★
Megan Vaughan: All the Quarantine shows I’ve seen and everything I can remember from them (for now), October 2016
CREDITS AND PERFORMANCE DETAILS
Wallflower is devised by the company.
Director Richard Gregory
Designer Simon Banham
Cast Sonia Hughes, Jo Fong, Nic Green, James Monaghan
DJ & Production Manager Greg Akehurst
Archivist & Stage Manager Kate Daley
Choreographic Advisor Jane Mason
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Dramaturg Renny O’Shea
Producer Ali Dunican