Mother Load

Grace Surman
Yorkshire Dance
Fri 21 April
6pm

Things Stack Up
I question perception of time; related to being an audience, the supposed action needed to concentrate, sitting still, behaving in a certain way. The presumption that you need to freeze in order to get a certain perspective of time, and as a result, a concentration – this boomerangs back to supposed audience behavior, how we are educated and how we are expected to behave in all kinds of educational situations. Perhaps questioning theatre as always education, as we supposed to sit still and something is offered to us.

Performance with Hope
A nine year old child, speaks to us directly about her lifetime work of raising her mother. Surman has been considering children’s play: where to play, how to play, who to play with, learning through play and when to stop playing.

“I wanted to take my daughter to work with me. I’ve been wanting to find a place where she can meet me in my work, and I can meet her in her development; before she becomes an age where that might not be of interest to her.” GS 

CREDITS

Concept & performer: Grace Surman
Performer: Hope Surman
Dramaturgical Advice: Peggy Olislaegars
Technical support: Charlotte Woods
Lighting design: Ellen Knops
Sound design: Nick Powell, Gary Winters
Film maker: Clare Dearnaley
Contact & feedback: TanyaSteinhauser@yorkshiredance.com

Sources: More Than A Score campaign (morethanascorecampaign@gmail.com)
Michal Rosen’s blog posts on education
Ken Robinson’s TED talk Do Schools Kill Creativity (2007)
Beyoncé – Single Ladies choreography

With special thanks during the development of these works to Cathy Butterworth, Beth Cassani, Natalie Duffield-Moore, Karl Jay-Lewin.

SUPPORTERS & FUNDERS

The series of work MOTHER LOAD has been commissioned and supported by Yorkshire Dance Amplified programme and supported by Transform.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

SPECIAL INFO

After the performances please watch the 1 minute film ’60 SECONDS WITH HOPE’ – vimeo.com/172792268 Password: truck

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