Next week, Thursday 22 October sees the première of the achingly beautiful, seamless dreamscape of imagery that is Darren Pritchard’s Body of Light, coming to the STUN Studio at Z-arts as part of the Black Gold Arts Festival (22-24 October).  Co-presented by STUN and Word of Warning, and created using no more than a games console and a lot of tech savvy, Body of Light is a first techno-venture for Pritchard, Manchester choreographer of Quarantine’s Susan and Darren acclaim. Take one finely tuned body, one home-gaming device and three creative minds, mix vigorously and see what happens – the result is a very human exploration of the boundaries of body and technology.

Black Gold Arts Festival is presented by STUN – the new studio space within Z-arts dedicated to encouraging Manchester’s culturally diverse talent.  The Festival is a showcase for the wealth of creativity coming out of the city which has been nurtured by STUN.  The première of Body of Light is accompanied by another chance to see Cheryl Martin’s phenomenally moving Alaska alongside Keisha Thompson’s I Wish I Had A Moustache and Chanje Kunda’s award-winning Amsterdam all works created with support from STUN and Contact.

Black Gold Arts Festival takes place in the STUN Studio, 22-24 October, all tickets are £5:

Thu 22 Oct  Cheryl Martin Alaska (3pm + 7pm) + Darren Pritchard Body of Light (8pm)

Fri 23 Oct    Keisha Thompson I Wish I Had A Moustache (8pm)

Sat 24 Oct   Chanje Kunda Amsterdam (8pm)

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Body of Light – image credit Darren Pritchard