VOID/Direction+Costume/2016-17

Upcoming:
VOID re-staged site under the M74 motorway.
Exclusively
Dance International Glasgow (DIG)

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

“VOID has never been more timely. The combined talents of this trio have created a twitchy, compelling and dark look at Ballardian themes which time and again have been proved worryingly prescient.”  (Lorna Irvine, Tempohouse)

“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 ****

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.

“Modern technology offers an endless field for 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]

 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.

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VOID

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