What does it mean to be truly alive? To celebrate the wonder and miracle of our shared humanity? Through dance, image, sound and spoken word, Alive! gets right to the heart of the matter.
When four 'suits' find themselves caught up in a carnival parade they cast off the trappings of their corporate culture and get down to the business end of being in their skins. A dynamic collaboration between choreographer Mark Smith and four of his male dancers (Deaf Men Dancing), and visual artist Rachel Gadsden, this antidote to our economic woes is an energising and liberating affirmation of the corporeal joy of being Alive!
This dynamic collaboration brings together Rachel Gadsden, Mark Smith and Deaf Men Dancing in an outdoor commission the weekend before the official launch of Up-Stream.
Mark is a deaf choreographer (of Sadler’s Wells’ Shoes), who uses a fusion of different styles of dance incorporated with sign-language to create exciting and unique work for his company Deaf Men Dancing, an all male deaf company who have performed at The Place and Dance East. Rachel is a visual artist, whose methodology is expressionistic, energetic and raw, echoing the deepest motivations of what it is to be human.
Through dance, visual art, sound and spoken language Alive! will express the interior world and spirit of the dancers, narrating emotional stories that express the true dynamics of what it is to be Alive!
During the performance Rachel and the dancers will collaboratively create artworks. The dancers will paint and in turn the artist will dance.
The overriding motivation of Alive! is to turn the mundane reality of our current economic climate on its head and to reach out and remind individuals and the audience that life is joyous and that despite the current world economic climate we must still embrace and celebrate being Alive!
Old Paddling Pool Site
Saturday 21st May
12:45pm and 4pm
Check chalk board for individual event times on the day
Commissioned by Without Walls. Co-commissioned by Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and Dada-South (in association with Up-Stream)