Political Bodies at The Albany

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Three works that delve into the effects of assimilation, integration and multiculturalism on individuals and the wider British society throughout recent history. Audiences are lead gut-first into an engaging physical and visceral discourse that interacts with the historical, internal and civil aspects of our relationship with otherness.

The audience is plunged, as Rivers of Blood begins, into the centre of a charged debate between disembodied commentators; a debate which casts them in the role of eavesdroppers as well as spectators of the piece. Over the course of ten minutes, they are compelled to identify with the dancer, whose body represents the human battlefield over which the torrent of words rage; humanizing the ageless debate on identity and belonging that so often seems to fire over our heads. The body transmits its own message through frantic, joyous, powerful, wild and dangerous movement; speaking in a language that transmits the depth of our shared desperation to be heard and understood.

And finally, Race Tracks brings the programme to a bold and satirical close as the full cast wrestles, hurdles, jumps, argues, struts and sprint their way through an ambitious commentary on the underlying dynamics of racial politics in Britain. The audience is tickled and condemned just as the 'ethni-letes' are. All the themes addressed during the course of the evening find expression in this metaphoric sporting event where the prizes are ephemeral but the cost is very real.

Three pieces using live music, spoken word, beat box, hip hop and dance theatre.

There will be a solo, a quartet and six artist piece.

We will hold short discussions/Q&A regarding the work as part of the evening.

There will be a short opening act showcasing work produced by participants who have attended workshops attached to the event.

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The Albany Theatre

Douglas Way
0208692 4446

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