London’s new InMotion Festival of dance concludes this weekend at the Bunker Theatre with the first London performances in five years of Theatre Ad Infinitum’s internationally renowned Translunar Paradise, which transfers direct from its latest success at the Edinburgh Fringe. Have you watched the multi award-winning show’s latest trailer?
Theatre Ad Infinitum co-Artistic Director George Mann said of the company’s enduring hit Translunar Paradise:
“I’ll never forget the first performances of this piece and the response of audiences. Translunar came from such a personal impulse – my father was dying of lung cancer and I felt that I was living in a country and a culture that didn’t offer me a way to deal with my grief – the grief I felt knowing he would die; the grief I felt when he died.
“From this feeling, I set about making this show of love, loss and letting go. Sadly, my father passed before we completed and premiered the production. But the response was heart-warming – the show created what I can only describe as a communal space of grief – a place in which people could share in a feeling of loss and profound love. It was extraordinary. As were the stories audience members shared with us after every show. It was a humbling and unforgettable experience and I look forward to sharing this show once more.”
InMotion is presented by Theatre Bench and the Bunker Theatre. Bunker artistic director Joshua McTaggart said it was a “privilege” to have the company and their “astounding” show at his theatre: “This breathtaking piece moved me to tears when I first saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2013, and I cannot wait to see its beauty grace our stage in London Bridge.”
A journey of life, death, and enduring love. After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. This exquisite piece of mask and movement performance is accompanied by live accordion music.
Translunar Paradise started as a 20-minute work-in-progress presentation at BE Festival in Birmingham UK in July 2010, Translunar Paradise before premiering as a full-length piece at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe, where it won a slew of awards and five-star reviews. It has since embarked on a number of international tours and won a clutch of other awards around the world.
The piece is directed and written by George Mann, originally co-devised by Kim Heron, George Mann and Deborah Pugh, with music by Kim Heron and George Mann, dramaturgy by Amy Nostbakken and Nir Paldi, lighting by Peter Harrison, costumes by Clare Amos, set by Francesco Gorni and masks by Victoria Beaton. The current cast are Sophie Crawford, George Mann and Deborah Pugh.
Translunar Paradise runs for five performances only from Thursday 31 August to 2 September 2017. Also, this weekend, as part of the final offerings in the InMotion Festival are Old Kent Road’s newly commissioned piece Dirty.Tap.Funk and The Gentlewomen’s Unsubscribed. For the full festival schedule and booking, click here.