This week we’re looking at artplayer’s ones to watch for late October, in particular new videos showcasing performances from Contact and Cheshire Dance. Take a moment to look, explore and enjoy the creative output from two of the North’s powerhouse hubs for innovative performance.
Manchester’s Contact Theatre presents a snippet of Fields of Grey at the top of artplayer’s ones to watch. Contact’s Artistic Director Baba Israel said, ‘Our passion for fresh theatre continues this season with new productions such as Fields of Grey, What am I Worth? and Xenophobedelica‘. Fields of Grey, presented by Contact and Avaes Mohammad, was performed in early October 2012. The play explores the intense dialogue exchanged between an American soldier and a British mujahid who are locked together in the same room. Contact describes the production as ‘a bold and powerful new play that combines hard-hitting text with multimedia to create a unique immersive experience.’ Watch the 10-minute feature on artplayer here.
In this video by Cheshire Dance, the company takes it to the streets of Chester back in 2009 in this Stir Showreel. Cheshire Dance’s overall mission is to ‘fully awaken the art form of dance as inspiration to create, learn and experience. Working in partnership, Cheshire Dance is committed to increasing access and transforming lives through dance’. The Stir performance included a large group of professional and community dancers along Watergate Street and Rows in Chester. The company said the performance was ‘inspired by the waters of the Dee River that once flowed that once brought trade ships and merchants right up to Water Gate and all the people looking at that hidden treasure in Chester’s independent retail quarter’. A spirited and vibrant performance, the Stir Showreel demonstrates the passion and energy of the dancers involved.
Keep an eye on artplayer for a new video and interview from artist Anton Hecht coming soon.
Text by Carol Huston