Get ready to discover the legend of King Arthur in a whole new way. Seke Chimutengwende (DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog) & friends fuse dance, theatre & a little magic into their show next week at NOW ’15 from 2-6 June 2015.
Watch the trailer for sneak peek of the show and then use your scrolling finger to find out more about with our exclusive interview with Seke.
What’s your journey been getting to NOW’15, what brings you to The Yard?
I’ve been thinking about making a piece about King Arthur for about two years. I perform a lot of solo improvisations and he’s a figure that has come up a lot in them over the years. Something to do with the myth of Englishness and Britishness which I feel like I’ve been bombarded with especially recently. I’m thinking about The Jubiliee, The Olympics, royal births and weddings, UKIP, Scottish independence, Thatcher’s funeral etc etc. I was delighted when Jay invited me to make a piece at this festival as I think The Yard is the perfect location for a contemporary take on the King Arthur myth.
Tell us about your show. What makes it new and why should someone come and see it?
The show has seven performers and will be a combination of panel discussions, on-stage quests and danced interludes. It will be partly improvised so each show will be unique. It could be absurd, melancholic, life-affirming, hypnotic – depending on the night.
I don’t think there’s been any work about King Arthur that has dealt with the fact that there is no one definitive version of the story. Part of the concept is that there won’t be a definitive version even of this piece. From the first rehearsal through to the last performance, the performers will be engaged in collectively telling and re-telling the story through un-scripted group discussion – it will be an ongoing, daily practice for them. And it feels like King Arthur is a good story to do that with because most people who will see the show will have some sense of who he is/was. Through books, films, poetry, operas, paintings – the story of King Arthur is continuously being re-told anew and this gives us a kind of license or rationale to approach it however we want.
Describe your show in three words…
Different every time.
Who or what inspires you?
Recently I’ve been really inspired by Stacy Makishi’s work, Jeremy Deller’s exhibition English Magic and I’ve also been watching a lot of Eric Rohmer films.
What other shows in NOW’15 are you most looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to seeing Dog Kennel Hill Project and Project O because they are my friends so I’m always curious to see what they will do. And of course I’m looking forward to seeing Melanie’s piece, which is on in the same double bill with me. But I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing all the shows. It looks like a really exciting festival!