Up close to intimacy
An intimate, powerful female solo performance by Hayley Matthews that weaves contemporary dance and spoken word with the slick, authentic and original live music of multi-instrumentalist Hej Jones, on recovery from trauma and it’s isolation.
A show for anyone who has ever wanted to get home...
“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 of the Norwich Arts Centre
“Beautiful, moving.” Audience member
Matthews maps the journey back to feeling at home in her skin after a bike accident left her unable to dance for some time. It led her to start writing poems, which form part of the soundscape and structure of the show.
The performance brings to life the different aspects of being at home in your own skin: allowing yourself to be vulnerable, building resilience, searching for safety, being able to be with others, resting, expressing yourself, making space for both suffering and beauty, and allowing the light of hope to shine in.
Home Solo also reflects contributions from the local and international community about what it means to be at home with who you are and where you are, and integrates their voices and ideas into the performance.
The music is performed on the enchanting butone, acoustic guitar and with recorded voice forming the basis of a powerful synthesised drum solo, as well as opening up a beautiful full length song written together by Matthews and Jones.
The audience is seated close to the performers in this 50-minute show and can see the grace and the beauty as well as the stumbles and hard work of being performers – and of being human. And we hope have space and time to journey with what home is, and to be in their own skin, bathed in movement and sound.
Co-commissioned by Norwich Arts Centre, funded and supported by Arts Council England, Dance East and Norfolk County Council
Duration: 50 minutes
Choreography: Hayley Matthews
Performers: Hayley Matthews (dancer) Hej Jones (live musician)
For tour pack and inquiries email Ensemble manager Roxanne Griffiths