VOID/Direction+Costume/2016-17

VOID

Dance + Av Collaboration
Mele Broomes, Dav Bernard and Bex Anson
Produced by feral

“AS WE DRIVE ACROSS A MOTORWAY INTERSECTION, THROUGH THE ELABORATELY SIGNALLED LANDSCAPE THAT SEEMS TO ANTICIPATE EVERY POSSIBLE HAZARD, WE GLIMPSE TRIANGLES OF WASTE GROUND SCREENED OFF BY A STEEP EMBANKMENTS. WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF, BY SOME FREAK MISCHANCE, WE SUFFERED A BLOW-OUT AND PLUNGED OVER THE GUARD-RAIL ONTO A FORGOTTEN ISLAND OF RUBBLE AND WEEDS, OUT OF SIGHT OF THE SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS?

 MODERN TECHNOLOGY OFFERS AN ENDLESS FIELD-DAY FOR ANY DEVIANT STRAINS IN OUR PERSONALITIES. MAROONED ON A TRAFFIC ISLAND, WE CAN TYRANNISE OURSELVES, TEST OUR STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, PERHAPS COME TO TERMS WITH ASPECTS OF OUR CHARACTERS TO WHICH WE HAVE ALWAYS CLOSED OUR EYES” ‘J.G BALLARD, CONCRETE ISLAND INTRODUCTION [1974]

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VOID

Based on JG Ballard’s Concrete Island, VOID is Mele Broomes’ first solo dance piece, meshed within a video-augmented scenography and glitchy visual landscapes created from obsolete hardware feedback.  Taking in typically Ballardian themes of dystopian worlds, liminal spaces and urban paranoia, Forbes-Broomes 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 Forbes Broomes alongside Bernard and Anson (85A Collective).  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 technology in innovative ways.

Dancer/choreographer Mele Broomes
Video/sound designer Dav Bernard
Performance director/costume designer Bex Anson
Produced by Feral 
Commissioned by Tramway
Supported by Creative Scotland, Dance Base and Citymoves

 Touring to Black box and Site-specific in 2018

Recent perfomances:
VOID InSitu- re-staged site under the M74 motorway for Dance International Glasgow (DIG) (April 2017)
Premiered Tramway (May 2016)

“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 4*

VOID is deftly directed, its aural and visual components pushed right up against each other, almost fit to burst. The Skinny 4*

Other-worldly, historic and contemporary all at once, Exeunt magazine

 

Reviews
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14496116.Dance_review__VOID_at_Tramway__Glasgow/
https://thetempohouse.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/review-vda-void-tramway/
http://exeuntmagazine.com/reviews/review-void-dance-international-glasgow/
https://www.kiltr.com/brian-beadie/1783473717-void
http://www.theskinny.co.uk/theatre/shows/reviews/void-dance-international-glasgow

Interviews:
The Vile Blog
Creative Scotland
The Tempohouse