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Transatlantic Partnership goes Beyond The Body

Transatlantic Partnership goes Beyond The Body

A creative partnership between a Hollywood cameraman and a Cardiff-based dance company, Taikabox, can be seen in Beyond The Body at the Sherman Theatre on Wednesday 11 June. 10 Jun 2014

Transatlantic Partnership goes Beyond the Body

Beyond the Body originally emerged in 2012 from a collaboration between Wales’s Tanja Raman and John Collingswood who make work as TaikaBox, and renowned cinematographer Bill Mitchell.

This year they are reworking the show and premiering the new version at the Sherman Theatre on 11 June, before taking it to Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, followed by a tour to London, Llanelli and Harlech in the Autumn.

John says: "We were really proud of this show the last time it toured and it’s great to get the chance to tinker with it a bit more. We’re especially looking forward to playing in our hometown."

The hour-long show features the skills of 5 dancers and a soundtrack specially composed and played live by Eyebrow – a Bristol duo who are no strangers to theatres, having performed with the likes of Earthfall, Kneehigh and Travelling Light.

The show is based around the story of a writer whose research into alternate states of consciousness takes her on a fantastic journey of self-discovery. The story plays out on a white stage, bathed in the light of two projectors that constantly shifts between Mitchell’s cinematic imagery and digital environments that respond to the movements of the performers.

In 2012, Tanja and John were commissioned by Wales dance producer Coreo Cymru to make a 360 degree immersive film. Cinematographer Mitchell flew from his home in New Mexico to travel around Wales, filming picturesque landscapes for TaikaBox to incorporate into their film: The Beautiful. The resulting short film has been touring to dome festivals around the world, and this Summer is showing in China as part of the Macao International Fulldome Festival, before touring Wales in the Dance Dome.

Later that year, TaikaBox embarked on their most ambitious project to date – a touring dance work called Beyond the Body, once more collaborating with Bill, who supplied them with timelapse landscape films shot in some spectacular locations around the USA. Beyond the Body – now being reworked for 2014 - toured to venues across Wales to critical acclaim.

Mitchell, who won a Student Academy Award for one of his first 35mm movies, runs a stock footage company called BlueSky, specialising in timelapse landscapes. He was keen to come to Wales to work with Tanja and John after seeing footage from their film ELEMENTAL which was made for the clocktower of Newport Civic Centre, and featured in Newport Festival in 2010.

The team behind the project is also guiding audiences to "watch out for strange happenings" in the weeks leading up to the show as the result of yet another joint venture.

As part of the reworking process, TaikaBox are collaborating with another creative Cardiff company – Yello Brick, who have previously turned Cardiff Bay into an interactive street theatre sci-fi experience in the form of Reverie, and orchestrated numerous ghostly sightings around Canton. Their most recent performance has been with WNO on the streets of Wrexham.

The collaboration with TaikaBox expands the world of Beyond the Body out into public spaces – both online and in the flesh, so watch out for strange happenings around Cardiff in the weeks leading up to the show.

Beyond the Body has been made possible by grants from the Arts Council of Wales and support from Sherman Cymru, Chapter, Rubicon Dance and Coreo Cymru.

Taikabox’s Beyond The Body will be at the Sherman Theatre on Wednesday 11 June, 7.30pm. Tickets are £12, Concessions £2 off and under 25s half price tickets. For further information and tickets please contact Sherman Theatre on 029 2064 6900 or visit www.shermancymru.co.uk

10/06/2015

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