Highly visual, unabashedly experimental and underscored by generous humour, Recreation is a choreography about work. Rather, it’s about the things that we do that aren’t work, or that aren’t quite work. It’s a show about caring, about cooking, about sex, about gardening and meditating and singing in the kitchen and playing 5-a-side, and, of course, about dancing.
Performed by professional, not-quite-professional and non-professional dancers – including guest performers local to each venue – Recreation is a lamentation for leisure, a choreographed question of labour, a danced demand for seeing our value beyond our work.
Recreation is commissioned by ARC Stockton, Shoreditch Town Hall, and Yorkshire Dance. Supported by Arts Council England, Rajni Shah Projects, Dance4, and via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme. With special thanks to Dance City and Northumbria University.
This project premiered at ARC Stockton and toured Attenborough Arts Centre Univeristy of Leicester, Yorkshire Dance, Shoreditch Town Hall and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts. Dance4 hosted a residency to develop the work.