On Thursday 1 February, acclaimed contemporary dance and physical theatre company Tilted Productions will present their new work,Constructions of Thin Air at the Corn Exchange Newbury.
Performed by, and created in collaboration with an intergenerational cast of nine performers, ranging in age from early 20s to 60s,Constructions of Thin Air merges contemporary dance and performance art to create a highly original piece of work.
One of the cast is Newbury born and bred George Miles. Originally a play worker and punk band member, George started dancing to help him manage a long-term autoimmune illness. After taking dance therapy classes for a number of years, George got involved with Tilted Productions as a community participant before joining the company as a professional dancer in 2016. “Through dance, I had found a way to reconnect with my body in a positive way” he says.
Constructions of Thin Air is George’s first stage performance with Tilted, having previously toured an outdoor piece with the company.
In turn both moving and poignantly absurd, Constructions of Thin Air, which has been choreographed by Tilted’s Artistic Director, Maresa von Stockert, reflects the company’s continued interest in universal human themes, such as migration, belonging and identity.
von Stockert is known for creating illusionary worlds that are inspired by, and comment on, social, environmental and political observations. Real life issues are dissected, explored and taken into the realm of the surreal, with thought provoking consequences.
Constructions of Thin Air has evolved from the company’s acclaimed site-specific outdoor promenade performance BELONGING(s), which toured the UK & Europe in 2015 – 17, and was performed at the Corn Exchange’s 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space on Greenham Business Park last summer, alongside vignettes performed by local volunteer dancers. The outdoor piece focused on the integration of locality, and used local communities, architecture and landscapes as inspiration.
Constructions of Thin Air will take place at the Corn Exchange, Newbury on Thursday 1 February, 7.45pm. Tickets £15 (£13 concessions, £8 under-25s). Age guide 8+. To book tickets please visit www.cornexchangenew.com or call the Box Office on 0845 5218 218 (calls cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge).