Home Solo London Premiere
ENSEMBLE bring the London premiere of Home Solo to the chapel at The House of St Barnabas, Soho, sparking from a sell out premiere in Norwich and successful run at Brighton Fringe, and ahead of touring to New York Festival United Solo in the autumn.
Thursday June 28, 19:30
“Particularly at this moment in our social history, we need artists of this calibre making work as engaging and insightful as this.” Pasco-Q Kelvin, Director, Norwich Arts Centre
"Contemporary dance for our times; a powerful female perspective" Adrian Bristow, Director, Brighton Spiegeltent
A show for anyone who has ever wanted to get home.
Home Solo weaves beautiful, intimate contemporary dance with poetry, song and powerful live percussion and guitar unravelling in a journey that pierces the fourth wall.
Expressing grace, unveiling quirks and uniting us in the pursuit of ourselves and the journey home.
The work is devised and performed by Hayley Matthews, contemporary dancer and choreographer and Hej Jones, composer and multi-instrumentalist.
Matthews says: “The show also feels to me like a re-imagining of boundaries, which feels poignant now, in the context of today’s politically charged debates on our borders and boundaries in the UK. For me, the re-imagining, the way through the turmoil, has to start with the individual. We have to learn to sit with ourselves, the suffering, the hurt, the anger, the beauty and to develop good boundaries and to be comfortable in our own skin (our own border line), before we can even think of beginning to relate to others, or our political border lines. To do this we need to develop independence, interdependence, resilience and be OK with utter vulnerability, with only our skin, no fort, no wall, no political boundary to protect us. This is the journey home”
Ensemble are pleased to be bringing the show to The House of St Barnabas, with the venue's long standing history of working closely with those in challenging situations on the journey home, it feels an apt and pertinent partnership.
Please feel free to join Hayley and Hej to chat in the bar after the show.
Home Solo is co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre. Supported by Arts Council England, DanceEast and Norfolk Arts Forum