23 Apr 2014

Gravity & Levity

Gravity & Levity presents

Rites of War

Created by Lindsey Butcher and Darshan Singh Bhuller
with BBC Afghanistan correspondent David Loyn

World premiere at Stratford Circus
Thu 1 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Fri 2 May 7.30pm | Sat 3 May, 4pm

Theatre Square, Stratford, London E15 1BX
0844 357 2625  stratford-circus.com

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 to tell 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 WarA 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.

Watch the trailer

Watch a short video trailer for Rites of War which includes interviews with co-creators Lindsey Butcher, Darshan Singh Bhuller and David Loyn. Video by Mark Morreau.

Rites of War: UK tour

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.

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