The Road is a collaboration between Mambya Dance Company (Uganda), Pamoja Dance Group (Kenya) and Stopgap Dance Company (UK).
In collaboration with Stopgap’s Artistic Director Lucy Bennett, five men from different countries investigate some ideas surrounding the space in-between them, the walls that divide them and the paths that join them to find a shared physical language that requires no words.
The artists involved in this project worked together since May 2017 from three different studios in three different countries, creatively conversing through videos, messages and photos in a Whatsapp group. To begin with, they took inspiration from some video works by the performance artist Francis Alÿs, which offer poignant commentaries on social tensions that arise from subjections of common spaces. They then came together in the UK for five days in June 2017 to continue their conversations in the studio. This footage is from that Research and Development week.
Funding permitting this will be further developed into a complete 20-minute work to tour outdoor festivals nationally and internationally from Summer 2018.
With thanks to:
The British Council, Arts Council England, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival; XTRAX, The University of Chichester, One Dance UK’s Bloom Chapter, Holland Dance and the Farnham Maltings