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  • WHEN /

    11- 20 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2011

Connected

// A geometry of nature.

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  • WHEN /

    11- 20 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

In their sell-out, international sensations Glow and Mortal Engine, Chunky Move transcended the limits of earthly form by immersing dancers in an illusory world of motion tracking and projection technology. In their newest work, Connected, this dynamic is flipped on its back and digital technology is side-stepped in favour of pure mechanics.

Teaming up with Californian artist, Reuben Margolin, Chunky Move's Gideon Obarzanek animates both the body and the machine through physical connection between the dancers and Margolin's purpose-built sculpture.

Reuben's startlingly live sculptural works - constructed from wood, re-cycled plastic, paper and steel - transcend their concrete forms once set into motion, appearing as natural waveforms in a weightless kinetic flow. Suspended by hundreds of fine strings receiving information from multiple camshafts and wheels, his sculptures reveal in articulate detail the impulses of what they are coupled to. In this world premiere of Connected, it is people - athletic and agile dancers' bodies twisting and hurtling through space, as well as real people in recognisable situations.

Beginning with simple movements and hundreds of tiny pieces, the dancers build their performance while they construct the vast sculpture in real time. During the performance, these basic elements and simple physical connections quickly evolve into complex structures and relationships.

All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours. – Aldous Huxley

'Chunky Move do it with a hard-edged impact and design originality that makes them particularly memorable.'

-MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
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Director & Choreographer / Gideon Obarzanek
Sculpture / Reuben Margolin
Composers / Oren Ambarchi & Robin Fox
Lighting Designer / Benjamin Cisterne

Costume Designer / Anna Cordingley 
Performed by / Stephanie Lake, Alisdair Macindoe, Josh Mu, Harriet Ritchie, Marnie Palomares
Besen Family Artist Program (Direction) / Sam Routledge

Created by Chunky Move. 
Key image photography /  John Drysdale (Getty Images)