There is Hope
the body and religion
There is Hope explores faith, belief, ritual, and the confines and claustrophobia of an international cast of incredible performers and musicians. As they journey through a universe of heavens, hells and purgatories – worlds of beauty and of the bizarre – expect humour, black comedy, athletic performances and, in true Rosie Kay style, some unexpected and extraordinary moments of dance and theatre.
There is Hope is a timely, pertinent and exciting work that speaks of today. With the riots of 2011 still fresh in everyone’s minds, what kind of world are we living in right now and, arguably, is there hope?
Directed and Choreographed by Rosie Kay
Louis Price [Film Designer]
Yann Seabra [Set / Costume Designer]
Ben Payne [Dramaturg]
Annie Mahtani [Composer]
Chris Mapp [Musical Director]
Kevin Treacy [Lighting Designer]
Hannah Sharpe [Producer]
Dean Sudron [Technical Manager]
Adam Rutherford [Rehearsal Director]
Dancers // Chris Vann, Ria Uttridge, Corey Baker, Lisa Hood, Jake Nwogu
Musicians // Chris Mapp [Bass and Electro], Mike Hurley [Keyboard and Drums] Sam Wooster [Trumpet]
co-commissioned by International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012
Arts Council England
this engaging, unsettling piece not only distils abstract ideas into sharply visceral imagery, but offers a moving account of what it means to be human.
I’ve seen There is Hope twice now and want to again – there is so much to unpack.
It could also mean There is Hope for the future of modern dance when it is in the hands of such a challenging, thought-provoking choreographer.