2021 Season Announcement
For 2021 we are thrilled to announce a new season of multidisciplinary dance featuring the premiere of a new full-length work, Infinite Ways Home, two original dance films, and a large-scale intergenerational participation project.
In the autumn our first full-length production for a mid-scale stage, Infinite Ways Home will premiere at Exeter Northcott on 24 & 25 September followed by performances at CULTVR Lab, Cardiff on 2 October.
Infinite Ways Home sees six performers explore their perceptions of reality through other-worldly experiences, redefining their sense of community and home. Connecting old Celtic traditions of ritual and mythology to the pulsating group experience of electronic music and rave culture. Chappell will work with a diverse range of artists to create a vibrant, multi-sensory production including experimental electronic duo Larch, violinist Enyuan Khong and visual artist Iris Borras.
This season we will increase our work for film, and on the 24th March a timely filmed reimagining of our 2018 work Still Touch will be released. The piece explores the weight felt on the body when a person is denied human contact and the lightness that can be found through connecting with people. Filmed by Dan Martin, the work sees two dancers perform alongside two human sculptures by renowned artist Anna Gillespie to a score by Samuel Hall.
The second film in the season, released on 12th April, takes inspiration from the writings of modern-day Welsh druid Kristoffer Hughes. Focusing on how our connection to outdoor environments can improve our mental health, this work will see Chappell respond to Hughes’ writings through poetry and choreography, reflecting on his own experiences with anxiety over the last year. Filmed by Dan Martin the work will show a balance between vulnerability, personal strength and empowerment, while exploring the similarity between expression through movement and poetry.
Summer 2021 will see our large-scale intergenerational participatory project, Our Roads Home take place across Exeter. Featuring a series of workshops and performances the project will culminate in an original dance film about togetherness and community empowerment that will be screened at the Exeter Phoenix cinema and projected onto the Princesshay Shopping Centre.
Our Roads Home is designed to directly lead into Infinite Ways Home, giving community participants a unique insight into the productions creative process and artistic ensemble and offering discounted tickets to the performances at Exeter Northcott and access to the rehearsal process.
This year marks the next chapter in Richard Chappell Dance’s history, as we are set to become a Community Interest Company (CIC) and start recruitment for our board of trustees.
Richard Chappell said: “I am overjoyed that this year we will be able to continue collaborating with our immensely talented team as we develop our work for film and begin the creative process for Infinite Ways Home, our most ambitious work to date."
“This year we take our ensemble to the next level, becoming a Community Interest Company and enhancing the ways we connect with communities, support artists and celebrate togetherness through the transformational power of dance."
“I am deeply grateful to Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, The Linbury Trust and all of our supporters for making our work this year possible. And I am so thankful to our wonderful team of dancers, musicians and artists who I am privileged to collaborate with. Their relentless perseverance and strength throughout this most challenging of years is so incredibly admirable.”
How to watch
Further details for how to get involved with Our Roads Home will be announced shortly.
Photocredits from top to bottom: Jack Thomson Photography (Infinite Ways Home), Gem Ward Photography (Still Touch).