The cast are dancing creatively together, it’s a living-in-the-moment event, not a polished rehearsed performance.
They are responding to each other creatively.
The strangeness of dancing with different ages, children with professionals in training, mature people with teenagers.
There’s the experience of dancing on wet grass with the wind on your body with ambient urban sounds, traffic, planes, industry.
The brass players have never worked with dancers before, they are responding creatively to what they see.
The set is urban growth and industrial dereliction and state of the art modernity of the LABAN building.
Then the themes:
It opens with a ritualistic dedication of a leisure space into a space where a response to WW1 will take place.
In Memoriam 2014 Wars are about the conflict of different cultures.
We dance different cultures, through metaphors, colours… yellowness, blueness, redness, greenness brownness
Distinct qualities, each with distinct ways of collaborating.
We experience the invasion of one’s space by the ‘other’, the battle for Lebensraum.
We experience conflict, one on one.
We experience dying, supporting, aiding, fading.
Then the children, innocent and playing.
They climb the hill
What do they see...? the debris of war.
They make war memorials on the hill tops.
Then the older people, mourn their lost sons and daughters,
They pose the possibility of coexistence of differences.