First-ever 12-hour Wallflower to premier in Findhorn
Posted: 20 February 2019
On Friday 22nd March 2019, we will present the first-ever 12-hour version of our critically acclaimed show Wallflower at Universal Hall, on the shores of the Moray Firth in Findhorn, Scotland, with Dance North Scotland.
Wallflower is a marathon of dance and memory. From midday to midnight, seven performers will try to remember every dance they’ve ever danced.
For the past four years, we’ve been touring Wallflower – it’s taken us from Salford to Canada – presenting it either as a 90-minute or 5-hour durational show. This will be the first 12-hour performance and is the realisation of an ambition we’ve had since we first workshopped Wallflower at HOME in Manchester back in 2015.
It didn’t take us long to realise that the longer the performance, the richer, more complex and perhaps more satisfying Wallflower becomes – for audiences and performers. Something fascinating happens when time gets stretched like this. Everyone in the room settles into the tone and rhythm of the work, which moves from sharing the banal universality of the everyday to be punctured by explosions of extraordinary experience.
The date in Findhorn marks the end of Wallflower’s current UK tour, but we hope it won’t be the last 12-hour performance we stage.
Since the earliest rehearsals, every memory shared in every rehearsal and performance has been recorded – in words and sometimes drawings – and added to an ever-expanding archive, extracts of which are displayed alongside each performance. By the end of the last performance, the performers in Wallflower had remembered 3,184 dances, at an average of 22 per hour. It would take over six days to dance them all.
We’re extremely grateful to Dance North Scotland, who have programmed this performance at Universal Hall, and are just as excited about this experiment as we are.
We hope to see some of you there! Tickets are available online via WeGotTickets.
Photos taken at GIFT 2018 by Richard Kenworthy.