Contact Young Company, the renowned young ensemble made up of young performers, actors, dancers, musicians, poets and MCs is set to present The Shrine of Everyday Things from 22 to 25 July.
In presenting the production, Contact Young Company have worked with an artistic team spanning two continents, consisting of Sao Paolo actor and director Rodolfo Amorim, Manchester based artist Lowri Evans and Renato Bolelli Reboucas, the performance is set to be an immersive, interactive journey, one which will guide the audience through local domestic spaces under transformation and play out in an empty row of houses set for demolition and regeneration.
Responsible for one of Contact’s most unforgettable site-specific experiences (Memoria da Chuva, performed in an 1830’s Warehouse at the Museum of Science and Industry in 2009), the creative team have returned to conduct a voyeuristic investigation into how we live and who we are, on a Brunswick housing estate.
Billed as Coronation Street meets David Lynch, the performance is set to celebrate the people and stories of a housing estate, peeling back the wallpaper, peering from behind the curtains and looking at the real stories and the real lives of inhabitants by blending installation and performance with memories and objects.
The company found the stories for The Shrine of Everyday Things by holding a coffee evening in Brunswick Parish Church which enabled them to speak to local people and hear their stories and memories. These were them put in to reality by Brazilian art director and architect Renato Bolelli Reboucas, who worked alongside the M13 Youth Project and local artist Jessica Loveday to design the production.
The Shrine of Everyday Things is presented from 22 to 25 July 2015 at 12pm, 3pm and 7pm. Tickets £10/£6. Audiences should meet at Contact where they will be greeted by Contact staff and guided to the off site location. There will be an audio promenade performance which will take place via the use of headphones on the short walk to the location.
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