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 “No prior knowledge of the book is necessary, however: this Tramway commission is structured, delivered and directed (by Bex Anson) with such pummeling force that its narrative of survival in a brutalising, arid environment is viscerally clear” Mary Brennan The Herald ****  photo Jack Wrigley
       
     
  “Her struggle is an Everywoman’s struggle- the brilliant choreography merges strong storytelling with unease, conflict and (some) resolution, but she represents the modern day confusion and anxiety caused by being slaves to accelerated culture, the city grind and consumer technology”   Lorna Irvine The Tempohouse
       
     
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 photo Jack Wrigley
       
     
 “ Bernard’s AV design brings in its urban environment, churns it up and throws it back louder at the audience, while the constant video projections onto Broomes’ contorted body are slick and pulsating. VOID is deftly directed, its aural and visual components pushed right up against each other, almost fit to burst.”     (Róisín O'Brien, The Skinny)    photo Jack Wrigley
       
     
 photo Jack Wrigley
       
     
VOID, Dance International Glasgow.
       
     
 photo Sefa Ucbas
       
     
 M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018  photo Neil Davidson
       
     
 M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018  photo Neil Davidson
       
     
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VOID
       
     
VOID

VOID
Total theatre Winners Dance
Made In Scotland showcase, 2018
Summerhall 14-26th August

★★★★★ Broadway Baby
★★★★★ The Wee Review
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
★★★★ Fest Mag
★★★★ The List

More info
http://www.void.org.uk/

VOID reimagines JG Ballard’s cult novel Concrete Island through the lens of a black female protagonist - staged as a meshing of experimental dance and abstract glitch video landscapes. Blending typically Ballardian themes of liminal spaces and urban paranoia with contemporary theories from radical identity studies, Mele Broomes [V/DA] performs risk taking choreography to the backdrop of an industrial soundscape.

Although rooted in contemporary dance practice, the piece is a truly collaborative and interdisciplinary work co-created by Broomes alongside AV Designer Dav Bernard and Scenic Director Bex Anson. Focused on the interplay between acrobatic physical performance and reactive projected imagery, VOID is the boiling point of the collaborators' mutual interest in creating genre pushing work that intersects visual design, sonic art, dance and social politics in innovative ways.

The creative team utilised Ballard’s Concrete Island as a jumping off point to inform the choreographic and visual thematics of their collaboration. Ballard’s original novel charts the tale of an architect who crashes his jaguar off a motorway embankment and becomes stranded on a traffic island, subsequently having to fight for his survival with the doomed terrain as a mirror of his own psychosis.

Used as a parralel text, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study (by F. Moten & S. Harney) -a manifesto for self organisation and non-compliance– is used to provide a new reading of Concrete Island's wasteground into a space of new possibilities and resistance, reflecting on Maroon communities throughout history.

Trained as a gymnast, Mele Broomes’ work experiments with the extremities of movement and voice whilst investigating contemporary practice of African Diasporic dance, notably as one of the lead artists of Project X. Her recent show GRIN inverts the continued colonial narratives of black bodies and Caribbean dance styles. VOID continues this exploration by subverting Ballard's cult classic with a performance that combines skillfully crafted choreography and physical feats.

For several years Dav Bernard (AV Designer) has been exploring reactive and immersive video environments through his visual arts practice and conceived a video system for VOID that produces constantly evolving (generative) video compositions which can be manipulated live to respond to the performer's choreography. The resulting visual grammar is stylish yet chaotic and echoes both the book's architectural landscape and the character's existential dilemma.

Ballard's writing style and its association with experimental literature, postmodernism and urban dystopia also inspired the approach to the piece's sonic palette which merges experimental noise, glitch and industrial, as well as softer naturalistic production methods (like field recordings) to create a cinematic atmosphere.

VOID was presented as a site-specific piece under the M74 in 2017, as were many of MHz previous projects, making a real life connection between the work and the collaborators' involvement with autonomous zones

This unique interplay between experimental dance, AV design and social politics creates a multi-textured reimagining of Ballard’s novel which invites audiences to reconsider the parameters of contemporary dance

choreographer/
performer Mele Broomes
Scenography/Perfomance Direction Megahertz
Character/Concept development Ashanti Harris & Adura Onashile
Dramaturgy Lou Coup
Produced Feral

Supported by Creative Scotland, Tramway, Citymoves, Dance Base, Dance House and The Work Room.

       
     
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 “No prior knowledge of the book is necessary, however: this Tramway commission is structured, delivered and directed (by Bex Anson) with such pummeling force that its narrative of survival in a brutalising, arid environment is viscerally clear” Mary Brennan The Herald ****  photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

“No prior knowledge of the book is necessary, however: this Tramway commission is structured, delivered and directed (by Bex Anson) with such pummeling force that its narrative of survival in a brutalising, arid environment is viscerally clear” Mary Brennan The Herald ****

photo Jack Wrigley

  “Her struggle is an Everywoman’s struggle- the brilliant choreography merges strong storytelling with unease, conflict and (some) resolution, but she represents the modern day confusion and anxiety caused by being slaves to accelerated culture, the city grind and consumer technology”   Lorna Irvine The Tempohouse
       
     

“Her struggle is an Everywoman’s struggle- the brilliant choreography merges strong storytelling with unease, conflict and (some) resolution, but she represents the modern day confusion and anxiety caused by being slaves to accelerated culture, the city grind and consumer technology” Lorna Irvine The Tempohouse

 Photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

Photo Jack Wrigley

 photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

photo Jack Wrigley

 “ Bernard’s AV design brings in its urban environment, churns it up and throws it back louder at the audience, while the constant video projections onto Broomes’ contorted body are slick and pulsating. VOID is deftly directed, its aural and visual components pushed right up against each other, almost fit to burst.”     (Róisín O'Brien, The Skinny)    photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

Bernard’s AV design brings in its urban environment, churns it up and throws it back louder at the audience, while the constant video projections onto Broomes’ contorted body are slick and pulsating. VOID is deftly directed, its aural and visual components pushed right up against each other, almost fit to burst.” (Róisín O'Brien, The Skinny)

photo Jack Wrigley

 photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

photo Jack Wrigley

VOID, Dance International Glasgow.
       
     
VOID, Dance International Glasgow.

“Dav Bernard’s audio-visual design is mesmeric, an unending backdrop of shapes, neons and glitches, an always moving matrix grid that envelops and traps its inhabitant within its lines” Andrew Edwards Exeunt Magazine

Photo Neil Davidson.

 photo Sefa Ucbas
       
     

photo Sefa Ucbas

 M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018  photo Neil Davidson
       
     

M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018

photo Neil Davidson

 M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018  photo Neil Davidson
       
     

M74 Dance International Glasgow 2018

photo Neil Davidson

 photo Jack Wrigley
       
     

photo Jack Wrigley