Festival Hot Seat... Now You See It
Antonia Grove, artistic director of Brighton-based dance theatre company Probe, tells us about her brand new solo work, co-directed with Sue MacLaine.
Can you tell us what your show is about?
Developing strategies for coping with family members, difficult scenarios, and life in general!
Finding a way of making myself visible and finding a way to disappear.
Interrogating facts and searching for the truth.
Questioning what I might be missing.
Channeling frustration and finding an expression through the liberation of movement and speaking out loud.
How and where will the work be staged?
It’s me, for an hour, in a big and beautifully lit theatre space.
It’s taking place at the wonderful Attenborough Centre, at the University of Sussex on 14 May 7.30pm.
Why should someone come and see your show?
Because its authentic, emotionally charged and physically impressive. Because it communicates through story-telling and dance so the work can be felt and experienced on many different levels.
Because the lighting and sound score create a rich, visceral, and exciting environment to be in.
Where did the idea and inspiration come from?
The idea came from my head. From things I felt needed to be said. About experiences I felt others could relate to.
Why do you think it’s an important story to tell?
I think it’s so important that we continue to make unique, impassioned and challenging work, no matter how hard that is, and no matter how much we think we need to escape from the challenges of life.
What sort of person is going to love this show?
Most importantly anyone who likes to see and hear real life experiences being untangled and interrogated.
For anyone who has felt invisible or wanted to disappear themselves.
For people with questions, people who love dance and people who love theatre.
I would like to think anyone of any age and background would enjoy this show, although it’s probably best understood above the age of 12.
What’s going to surprise people about this show?
You might be surprised by what you see… or what you don’t see… I don’t want to give anything away yet ;)
It’s both poignant and uplifting, so don’t miss it!
What does Brighton Festival mean to you?
It’s my city, it’s where art in the city comes to life. It’s about being on the streets, being at a gig, in a theatre, talking about great work and having new experiences.
Do you have a favourite Festival moment?
I have been part of the festival as a company or as a performer for the last 5 years. All those experiences have been extremely different and memorable, especially when you have a full house at a show you are particularly proud of, I’ve had a few of those moments.
What are you most looking forward to in this year’s Brighton Festival programme?
Some great female works this year.
- Vincent Dance Theatre, Virgin Territory, A film installation at Onca Gallery which I am a performer in.
- The Hiccup Project, May-We-Go-Round? at The Spire, a great venue and a very entertaining work I was dramaturg for.
- Sharon Duggal presenting her fantastic new book The Handsworth Times at Sallis Benney Theatre
- Kate Tempest, can’t wait to see her in action again!
Also, Theo Clinkard, whom Probe was originally founded with, has his big new commission, This Bright Field, at Brighton Dome Concert Hall.