Six aerialists and dancers combine their rich visual language with contemporary news commentary, film and music in Gravity & Levity's visceral and thought-provoking new production. Watch the trailer >
As we approach both the centenary of World War 1 and the withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, Gravity & Levity uses its distinctive visual language totell intimate, personal stories of how individuals survive conflicts, then and now.
For this new production, Gravity & Levity teams up with acclaimed choreographerDarshan Singh Bhuller, whose recent workMapping for Phoenix Dance Theatre was described by The Stage as "full of outstanding, inventive movement".
BBC Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn is also a key collaborator on Rites of War. A longtime reporter for the BBC, David and researcher Jane Saur bring original film footage and new interviews, which feature in the show. This is David's most involved role in the creation of a new performance, following his work with National Theatre of Scotland on their multi-award-winning Black Watch.
Following the London performances at Stratford Circus, Rites of War will tour to The Lowry in Salford (13-14 May), Lighthouse in Poole (4-5 Jun) and Kendrew Barracks in Rutland (15 Jun). Watch this space for more dates in the autumn.