Southpaw Dance Company and Event International, In Partnership with Cultural Spring and South Tyneside Council, proudly present WORDPLAY.
Wordplay, performed as The Official Opening Ceremony to the National Centre for the Written Word, named The Word, is a mass movement spectacular featuring a community cast of 90 volunteers who performed alongside Southpaw’s professional cast.
Featuring large scale video and projection mapping by Novak, mass movement and visual effects choreographed by Robby Graham and Southpaw members, alongside text by writer and author Carina Rodney, Wordplay is about using language to take ownership over the fears that limit us from achieving our dreams and aspirations. The piece examines the words and language we use in reference to ourselves, others, and the world, and how this language can affect the opportunities we allow ourselves. It is about the importance of words in shaping meaning and defining ourselves and the world around us.
Wordplay drew on South Tyneside’s rich history and numerous literary connections to illuminate themes of contemporary, topical relevance. WordPlay featured kinetic and audible text and powerful visual imagery to evoke contemporary South Shields’ own collective language derived from working with community groups; a language that is evolving, affirmative, aspirational and potentially life changing. It marked a celebration of local cultural identity that embraces aspirations for the future, and links the potential contained in the landmark Word building to the needs of future generations.