Inspired by Paul Auster's seminal novel, The New York Trilogy, this cross genre 50 minute promenade performance invites the audience into a unique dance experience set within an architect designed paper labyrinth.
Dance, architecture, film and specially commissioned music meet to create a world of illusion, mystery and shadow play, where nothing is what it seems.
Touching on the popular themes of detective novels and the modern issues of ever-present surveillance in our cities, the audience explore a giant paper maze, becoming directly involved within the performance and influencing the transformation of their surroundings. Live camera feeds enable participants to meet themselves around every turn as they are free to explore the hidden corners of these unique spaces.
Casting Traces was commissioned by architect Will Alsop for TestBed1 - a 650sq metre former dairy in the heart of Battersea and has since been performed in the former Carlsberg brewery, Slottet, in Copenhagen, Brighton's Old Flower Market and Winchester's historic Guildhall.
1. Jonathan Goddard © Ignius Pupinis
2. Joe Walkling, Jonathan Goddard © Alice Pennefather
3. Anthony Missen © Alice Pennefather
Choreography, Concept + Performance
NEW MOVEMENT COLLECTIVE
CHRIS SWAIN (London)
BEN CRAWFORD (Brighton / Winchester)
New Movement Collective
Tour Cast 2014
Chris Swain (London)
Ben Crawford (Brighton / Winchester)
Ben Crawford (London)
Marketing & Design
Casting Traces is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Commissioned by TestBed1 and co-commissioned by Wandsworth Council, inTRANSIT festival and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Supported by South East Dance, Rambert, Polish Cultural Institute London, Richard Thomas Foundation, Marina Kleinwort Trust, Naomi Russell, Guardian Print Centre and Dance Company Studios Beckenham.
With special thanks to Andrew Brentnall, Anne-Marie Keller, all who contributed to JustGiving and those who have offered their professional guidance, advice and support throughout this project.