“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;/Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,/…Where past and future is gathered.”
– T.S Eliot
Insomnia is endemic amongst people seeking asylum in the UK. Past trauma and present uncertainty create a state in which sleep is elusive, if not impossible. STILL POINT is a dance theatre piece set in the time between night and morning. A time when flashbacks invade the space of the mind, and past terrors are re-lived as present experience.
Onstage five figures hang in the abstract space between then and now, there and here, listening and responding to the soundscape woven by radios. The movement ricochets between extremes of stillness and violence as past, present and future intertwine and collide. Created using recorded testimony of those seeking sanctuary in the UK as the starting point for both movement and sound-art, STILL POINT asks what happens when someone forced into flight is never allowed to rest.
Performed at the Place as part of Resolution! Festival.
Co-devised and performed by :
Jane McLean | Danielle Meehan | Leon Smith | Cristian Solimeno | Joe Wild
Direction and Choreography: Kate Sagovsky
Design: Cecilia Carey
Lighting by: Ana Vilar
Photography: Oliver Lamford
Print Design: Campbell Morgan
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