Jacky Lansley ‘About Us’ Tour 2018

12 Jan 2018

Performers Esther Huss, Maria Ghoumrassi, Fergus Early and Vincent Ebrahim. Image: Sarah Covington

In the wake of Brexit and the current political climate, choreographer Jacky Lansley tours her new work, which asks its audience to reflect About Us.

Coming off the back of her recently published book Choroegraphies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Form, choreographer Jacky Lansley embarks on a tour of her new work, About Us. The mixed media performance is built around a group of diverse performers’ shared personal experiences, exploring notions of home, homelessness, grief, joy, caring, the environment, cultural identity and gender. The repetition of these ‘stories’ through film, soundscapes and live performance becomes celebratory, as large and small events are framed and made special. The work will premier at De Montfort University, Leicester and will then tour to Liverpool and London.

Jacky Lansley’s work is inspired by her socio-political practice and the idea that dance must reflect and attempt to directly affect social and political spheres.

Lansley says:

“More and more I have understood how the personal is political and how important it is to listen to each other’s stories. The title of our performance About Us, emerged post the divisive outcome of the EU referendum, which seemed, in part, the result of a lack of storytelling between different communities. As a team we wanted to respond by creating a mixed media performance event, which refuses to close down borders and fear difference… we wanted to choreograph hope!’”

The community of performers includes: Fergus Early, Esther Huss, Ingrid MacKinnon, Ursula Early, Vincent Ebrahim, Tim Taylor and Jreena Green. Reflecting the mixed media performance requirements, collaborators also include: composer Sylvia Hallet, cinematographer Roswitha Chesher, lighting designer Nao Nagai as well as well known researcher and theorist Ramsay Burt.

The tour opens on Friday 2 March 2018 at the Cultural Exchanges Festival at De Montfort University, Leicester. Now in its 16th year, the Cultural Exchanges Festival is a diverse week of interactive discussions, performances and talks. The festival has a growing regional and national profile and has established itself as a key event within the cultural calendar for Leicestershire and the East Midlands. The tour also marks a return for Lansley to the Bluecoat in Liverpool where she previously presented her seminal work, I,Giselle (1980). The company will present their finale back in London at Oxford House Theatre.

There will also be an educational aspect to the tour including an interdisciplinary workshop with MA students at DMU and a public workshop on Tuesday 6 March, 6pm – 9pm at Bluecoat, Liverpool. There will also be an open studio and talk on Sunday 25th February, 2pm-5pm as part of the Speaking Dancer Programme (SDIPT), which is run for professional dancers at Dance Research Studio, London alongside the About Us tour.

Dance Research Studio and Arts Council England support the About Us project. Further information can be found on the Dance Research Studio website.