Rites is the first major work from Chameleon, making use of the personal and shared histories of Missen and Turner, whilst investigating those Rites of Passage shared by men in a more universal context.

The work explores those events and experiences that shape us to become what we are, where we receive our formative information from, and the cyclical nature of those behavioral traits we are left with. The work moves chronologically, charting the passage from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.

A big question in this work is “what does it mean to be a man?” and as such looks at themes such as coming of age, peer pressure, and the fragile balance of the internal psychological struggle against the external forces
that steer us.

“Rites is a duet that is both powerful and poignant in its exploration of those events and experiences that shape us as friends, brothers, fathers and sons. It allies bold athleticism with moments of human sensitivity.

(Commissioned by Dance Initiative Greater Manchester)”


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