& SUNDAY 24 MARCH
THE SWALLOWSFEET COLLECTIVE
We are your hosts for OOPS Festival 2019. Follow our thread of ‘happenings’ throughout the three days at The Old Market theatre. These short performances intersect, entertain and guide you through the performances from our featured artists. We are your tour guides, your tannoy announcement, your interval,
your backstage pass, your finale.
Lewys Holt (UK)
What do you do when dealing with miscommunication and confusion is unavoidable? Big questions, but don't worry Lewys Holt is here to help with his PowerPoint, well Keynote, presentation. Using projections of stream-of-consciousness writing, improvised movement and discussions, Lewys stands united with the anxious, the confused and those who overthink to face awkwardness head-on in this subtly humorous yet unnerving piece.
Tickson Mbuyi (DR Congo) and Cleophee Moser (France)
'Every time they perform respectively as well as jointly... they are able to move one another with simple gestures but significant and deep situations.'
Cindy Olohou, Director of the Agency Wasanii Ya Leo, Paris
Dance intervention Boni Santé, by Condom Man (Mbuyi) and Condom Girl (Moser), is a witty roaming laboratory that invites the audience for a 'consultation' and ensuing 'art-cure'. The masked counterparts first collaborated in Kinshasa, and have gone on to spread their message which questions boundaries and violence in relation to gender and diversity.
CHIRORODZIVA (THE SLEEPING POOL)
McIntosh Jerahuni (Zimbabwe)
‘Even the air I was breathing felt sacred. It is beautiful beyond expression; the water so still, calm and so inviting, but don’t dare to go near it. This is the famous Chirorodziva or The Sleeping Pool’. Mclntosh Jerahuni
Chirorodziva, or The Sleeping Pool, is choreographed and performed by Mclntosh Jerahuni, former artistic director of Tumbuka Dance Company. Using his ‘jerahuni-technique’
he explores the body without any judgement of its abilities and disabilities.
This striking solo performance is derived from Zimbabwe’s mysterious Chinhoyi Caves.
Iria Arenas (Spain)
Anverso is a daring work by Iria Arenas, a Spanish multidisciplinary artist based in Germany. With its first UK performance, Anverso uses movement to imagine a dystopian world, and three performers represent its citizens living in a dehumanised state.
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Sivan Rubinstein (UK)
Commissioned by Creative Europe and The Place, London
‘A visionary piece that brings the world on to one stage’ London Jewish Chronicle
'Every moment encloses the reality of all the places in the world' ABCDance
Maps is dance inspired by the theatre of the world, which explores a desired world without borders. All maps are a snapshot in time, a fixed interpretation of our world, unable to capture the ebb and flow of people, places and politics. In collaboration with Kings College London, cartographers and 50kgs of salt, MAPS takes the antique map of the world and fuses it into a culturally mixed, rhythmic and musical grove, revelling in a new cartography of the world.