News: Dance Theatre returns to The Gate

Friday 22 January 2010

In 2008 Carrie Cracknell, theatre director and joint artistic Director of the Gate Theatre made an extraordinary minature piece, with choreographer Anna Williams, for the tiny stage of the Gate which fused theatre with contemporary dance to show a middle aged man recalling his parents marriage, as he deals with their deaths. It transferred to the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells to a stage three times the size of the Gate, but still small by any measure. In that short run it was nominated for a South Bank Show award.

Since then Carrie has continued working as a director of drama and in May this year she’ll be directing Sophocles’ Electra at the Young Vic. Meanwhile she’s been drawn back to explore contemporary dance for a new piece at The Gate Theatre in February (28 Jan – 27 Feb 2010). This time she’s working with choreographer Jane Mason to create *Breathing Irregular*, which is inspired by the transcripts of 999 emergency calls and celebrates the human capacity to cope and survive. The true stories – used with the consent of the individuals involved – include a woman giving birth alone and a son desperately trying to resuscitate his father after cardiac arrest.

The full cast features dancer Temitope Ajose-Cutting with actors Bryony Hannah, Brendan Hughes and Eva Magyar. The production team includes dramaturg Jenny Worton, designer Holly Waddington and Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor’s regular collaborator Lighting Designer Lucy Carter.

More details/online booking: **“Gate Theatre website”:
Ticket office: 020 7229 0706

Photo: ‘Breathing Irregular’ in rehearsals. Bryony Hannah, Brendan Hughes and Eva Magyar, with Assistant Director Kate Hewitt

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