Joan Clevillé Dance comes to Platform with The North, the story of a young man who finds himself lost in a harsh yet delicate wilderness with only himself and two eccentric Northerners for company
Using dance, theatre, storytelling and puppetry, The North follows the story of John, a young man who finds himself lost in the harsh yet delicate wilderness of the North with only himself and two eccentric Northerners for company. Without any memory of who he is or where he comes from, John searches for meaning in an increasingly unpredictable environment where being lost is the norm and letting go the only way to survive.
The piece looks at choreographer Joan Clevillé’s own fascination with the idea of ‘North’ as a Catalonian living in Scotland: the landscape, the light, the creatures that inhabit it, but also the people, the dark humour, the silence. The piece deals with themes of identity, belonging, feeling like an outsider and finding your place in an uncertain world.
The North features original music and sound design by Luke Sutherland (former collaborator of Mogwai) featuring music from Wagner to Sinatra, and a striking lighting design by Emma Jones (Scottish Dance Theatre). Dancers Solène Weinachter and Newcastle born John Kendall who starred in Plan B for Utopia are joined on stage by Eve Ganneau (Scottish Dance Theatre, Andersson Ensemble).
Artistic Director Joan Clevillé said “We are delighted to be on the road again with The North. People have very personal reactions to the piece, first of all, everyone carries their own, very intimate idea of what the north is and what it means. But the performance also talks about uncertainty and how we become comfortable with it (or not!). I think this really touches people, as we are living through very unstable times on many different
Rather than realistically describing one environment, which cinema is so good at, I am more interested in the human experience. I wanted to evoke a sense of disorientation, of being humbled by an environment that is stronger than us and that forces us to let go in order to survive. Our followers will recognise the playfulness and versatility of our performers, but this new work has an intriguing, almost cinematic feel, that we hope will take audiences on a completely different journey’.
Joan Clevillé Dance is an independent dance company based in the city of Dundee, Scotland. Led by Artistic Director Joan Clevillé, the company aims to create intimate works that are honest, original and thought-provoking, inviting audiences to share the performers’ enquiry about themselves, each other, and the world we live in. Joan has recently been appointed as Scottish Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director and will take up the position in April 2019.
Tue 28 May
Tickets: ££8.50/£5 (concession) / £4 (Local Links)
Running Time: 60 minutes | Guidance rating PG
Conceived and directed by Joan Clevillé
Choreography by Joan Clevillé with the dancers
Performed by: Eve Ganneau, John Kendall, Solène Weinachter
Dramaturgy by Ella Hickson
Costume and Set Design by Matthias Strahm
Original Music and Sound Design by Luke Sutherland
Lighting Design by Emma Jones
Additional music by Richard Wagner, Mazzy Star, Nukariik Klavdiya Shulzhenko, and Frank Sinatra