Highly visual, unabashedly experimental and underscored by generous humour, Recreation is a choreography about work. Rather, it's about the things that we do that aren't work, or that aren't quite work. It's a show about caring, about cooking, about sex, about gardening and meditating and singing in the kitchen and playing 5-a-side, and, of course, about dancing.
Performed by professional, not-quite-professional and non-professional dancers – including guest performers local to each venue - Recreation is a lamentation for leisure, a choreographed question of labour, a danced demand for seeing our value beyond our work.
Commissioned by ARC Stockton, Shoreditch Town Hall, and Yorkshire Dance. Supported by Arts Council England, Rajni Shah Projects, Dance4, and via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme. With special thanks to Dance City and Northumbria University.
Choreography Gillie Kleiman
Performers Amanda Drago, Victoria Guy and Kit Haigh plus guests
Design and illustration Emer Tumilty
Lighting Designer George Leigh
Producer Beckie Darlington
Artistic Advisor (dramaturgy) Roberta Jean
Artistic Advisor (sound) Nicola Singh
Photography Camilla Greenwell
Generous crowdfunding donors:
Christopher Brett Bailey
Sara Burges Houston
R Justin Hunt
Lloyd & Wilson
Alicia Jane Turner
Sophie Williams Brown
9 June 2017 – Yorkshire Dance, Leeds (Preview performance)
22 June 2017 – ARC, Stockton (Premiere)
24 October 2017 - Shoreditch Town Hall, London
19 November 2017 - BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead