Is this a Waste Land? (2017 )
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IS THIS A WASTE LAND?
A performance through headphones for disused urban spaces.
How do we decide what a piece of land is worth?
What is happening to our shared spaces and our communities?
What makes us feel like we belong?
Is this a Waste Land? is the excitingly ambitious, new outdoor performance from Charlotte Spencer Projects. Part live performance, part interactive audio experience this unusual piece is designed for disused urban spaces. Audience members and performers respond to multi-stranded head-phoned invitations and together they create a unique shared experience. Tentatively, carefully, urgently many worlds are created, destroyed, re-purposed, re-imagined in this generous playground built by everyone.
ITAWL invites us to consider how we value space, waste, home, belonging and community. This new work from Charlotte Spencer Projects is playful, profound, political, sad and joyful.
29th and 30th April 2017 Our Woods in Corby.
12 – 14th May 2017 Dance International Glasgow, Tramway. Venue: Larkfield Bus Depot
13 – 15th October 2017 Dance Umbrella, London. Silvertown Quays, Pontoon Dock DLR
20 – 22nd October 2017 Dance Umbrella, London. Silvertown Quays, Pontoon Dock DLR
This work is currently available for touring. Please get in touch if you would like more information about programming.
Artistic Direction: Charlotte Spencer
Performers: Kirsty Arnold, Ben Ash, Ben McEwen, Thomas McKeon, Petra Soor, Louise Tanoto (Kip Johnson and Neil Callaghan were involved in the research phase)
Composer and Sound Design: James Keane and Tom Spencer
Design and Fabrication: Gian Paolo Cottino
Creative Producer: Keren Kossow
Project Manager: Emily Jenkins
Production Manager: Samantha Benellick-Jones
Dramaturgy advisors: Ruth Little and Jennifer-Lynn Crawford
Photography: Pari Naderi
Co-commissioned by Deep Roots Tall Trees and a Compass Commission from The Greenwich Dance and Trinity Laban Partnership. With additional funding from Greenwich Dance, South East Dance and Pavilion Dance South West through the Producer’s Pool, Patrons of Charlotte Spencer Projects and a successful crowdfund campaign. ITAWL was supported via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence Programme. ITAWL has been funded by the National Lottery by Grants for the Arts from Arts Council England.
Earlier research (2015-16) was supported by: Greenwich Dance, South East Dance, Forestry Commission, Stour Valley Arts Creative Partnership, London Legacy Development Corporation, The Yard Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Patrons of Charlotte Spencer Projects and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
images by Pari Naderi