PRESS RELEASE 12 December 2013
Gravity and Levity’s new work Rites of War tours across spring and autumn 2014
Rites of War is a new collaboration fusing Lindsey Butcher’s (Gravity and Levity) expressive aerial dance vocabulary and Darshan Singh Bhuller’s powerful choreography together with real Afghanistan stories and footage provided by the BBC Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn.
Rites of War will premiere at Stratford Circus at the beginning of May 2014, before going on a major UK spring and autumn tour to include traditional venues as well as non-arts spaces such as Kendrew Barracks in Rutland.
As we approach the centenary of World War I and the withdrawal of UK troops from Afghanistan, this visceral and emotive production will tell the stories of two soldiers from two separate wars 100 years and 3000 miles apart, revealing the ugly truths and occasional searing beauty of living and loving through conflicts, then and now.
Rites of War, is a narrative led, aerial dance theatre work performed by six aerialists and dancers and combining a commissioned sound-score by composer Thor McIntyre Burnie; film and current news commentary by David Loyn; and set, lighting and graphic design by Will Reynolds.
Running alongside the production in selected venues there will also be specialised outreach activities including:
- A live sound installation: ‘The Speakers’, created by Thor McIntyre Burnie
- Talks and discussion led by BBC Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn: ‘The Platforms’
- Physical workshops led by the company members: ‘The Workshops’
Rites of War is supported by Arts Council England, is an Imperial War Museum Centenary Partner and is commissioned by Stratford Circus and is in association with The Point Eastleigh and Hat Factory Luton.