Past Event


Wed 11 Feb 2015

Brighton Festival’s Associate Company Vincent Dance Theatre brings its acclaimed work Underworld to Brighton.

Underworld forms part of 21 Years/21 Works, a live and on line collection of choreographer/director Charlotte Vincent’s film & production work from 1994-2015 – for more details click here

' Superb performances’ **** The Guardian, March 2015
‘Contemporary dance fans should beat a path to her door.’ **** The Observer, March 2015

Trapped in an airless, dusty land of the living dead, Underworld is Vincent’s darkly haunting take on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth.

Eight athletic performers engage in a series of disconcerting, relentless rituals and beautiful vignettes to form constantly shifting, visually striking cinematographic images, formed with 150 chapel chairs and accompanied by a stunning soundtrack of rushing rivers, church bells and faint children’s voices by internationally renowned composer Gavin Bryars.

‘Vincent choreographs with such a specific attention to gesture, atmosphere and motive…a fully imagined world.’ The Observer
‘One of the most strangely compelling and visually stunning pieces I’ve seen.’ Audience Member

Underworld was originally created with Phoenix Dance Theatre as part of Yorkshire’s Artists Taking the Lead for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, curated by the Quay Brothers. Originally funded by Arts Council England and commissioned by Leeds Canvas: Northern Ballet, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Opera North, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance, Leeds Museums & Galleries and Leeds Metropolitan Gallery & Studio Theatre. 

To book the exclusive durational version Underworld and Look At Me Now, Mummy see here