Choreographer Sasha Milavic Davies
Composer Lucy Railton
Associate Choreographers: Antigone Avdi, Jennifer Irons, Camilla Isola, Claudia Palazzo
A Complicité Homemakers commission
Join a virtual gathering of women in a one off live performance recorded on 20 June that celebrates female movement and relationships between women around us now. Previously performed live by up to 200 women at one time, this online version explores how we can move together in our own space, drawing on the gestural language of our own individual environments to build a new choreography: a connected archive of female movement during this time of separation.
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‘Like a lightning flash, the virus has illuminated our landscape exposing suffering, inequality, and the deep fragmentation that has set in due to decades of prioritising growth over care.
Now we need to build a culture of listening, respect, and solidarity. This 10 minute piece contributes to building that culture, one movement at a time.
In its original form, our show is a live dance piece for 200 women. It archives female movement in order to hold up a mirror, showing us the society we’re living in today. In this online version the women were gathered from a cancelled workshop in March. Over one week they noted movements they saw other women do – on television, in the street, in their homes, through their windows. It’s a snapshot of our world in flux, of our world turned upside down, and hopefully of our world becoming a better place.’ Sasha Milavic Davies and Lucy Railton
Homemakers Project Overview
Homemakers is a series of new commissions, where we invite our favourite artists and artistic partners to combine to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.
We’re not pretending that all art can be experienced online just as satisfactorily as in person; but we want to demonstrate the innovation of artists who work all kinds of forms, by inviting them to respond to this very specific context. We want to bring contemporary new performance to audiences all over the world, in all its form-flexing, mind-expanding, surprising subversive brilliance.
We are ensuring that all the Homemakers commissions are accessible as possible for everyone so if you need to access this project in a different format please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Complicité is an international touring theatre company based in London, led by Artistic Director and co-founder Simon McBurney. Complicité works across art forms, believing theatre, opera, film, installation, publication and community can all be sites for the collective act of imagination. Founded in 1983, the Company has won over 50 major theatre awards worldwide. Complicité’s recent work includes Beware of Pity, The Encounter, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number.
Alongside McBurney’s work, the Company runs an award-winning Creative Learning and Participation programme and supports artists through the Complicité Associates and ‘Developed with Complicité’ strands.
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About Sasha Milavic Davies
Sasha Milavic Davies has a history of making large group shows, including choreographing a chorus of 100 people in The Human Comedy at the Young Vic, a chorus of 80 in The Suppliant Women for the Young Vic and making community opera at the Royal Opera House. She has collaborated with Akram Khan (Until the Lions, One Side to the Other) and Complicité’s Simon McBurney (The Master and Margarita). She was a founding member and Artistic Associate of The Yard Theatre in London. She was awarded the Muci Draskic award for best director in Serbia in 2017/18 and as a director and choreographer her works have been seen at HAU in Berlin, ROH, Royal Court, Almeida, Opera de Lyon, Hannover Opera, Hamburg Opera and Festival d’Avignon.
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About Lucy Railton
Lucy Railton is a cellist and composer focused on classical and electronic music. She has toured internationally as a soloist and has released original music on the labels Modern Love, PAN and Editions Mego. As a collaborator she has worked on productions with artists from a range of disciplines, including Akram Khan, Scott Walker and Beatrice Dillon, and between 2008-20119 she co-directed the music series Kammer Klang and the London Contemporary Music Festival.
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