2+1 New Dance Theatre production

White City

To complete a three week initial research project on a new dance theatre piece. 2+1 is a light hearted and poignant look at the effect of the arrival of a baby on a relationship. Exploring how the new arrival changes their physical contact, their attentiveness, ... and their attention span as they experience the joys of sleepless nights, dirty nappies, and 24h entertainment on cue. A washing machine sits at the back of the stage spewing out a seemingly endless supply of clean clothes, sometimes the couple fight back, sometimes the washing machine wins....

Every artist feels the pressure to talk about IMPORTANT things, to present life-changing, dramatic events that will transport their audience.  Problem is that not many of us look back through our lives and find a plethora of such dramatic moments to recount.  Childbirth may be something that almost half the population live through at some stage or another, but it is nonetheless, both dramatic and life-changing!

Often planned well in advance, 9 slow months in the making, and yet still the arrival of a new baby is still a cataclysmic shock to most of us. One of the most exhausting, exhilarating, and terrifying moments of our lives, but we invariably stumble through it in a state of dopiness that transforms the whole thing into a sort of blurry haze. Now almost a year and a half after the arrival of my first child, it feels like I am gradually able to look back and see things clearly.  And looking back at moments of sheer desperation, of exquisite joy, and other-wordly exhaustion, I am tempted to take those experiences into a studio with a couple of good friends, and talented artists, ..discuss,... invent,.... develop,...dance ...and slowly bring together an exciting, authentic piece of dance theatre.

The money raised from this campaign will help us pay for rehearsal studios, props (including the washing machine which will sit at the back of the stage spewing out clothes incessantly throughout the piece), and a sound designer to work on this initial stage of the creative process.  You can follow our progress, make comments and contribute your ideas on the company blog: www.tarapilbrow.blogspot.co.uk.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to sharing the results of our work with you in the near future.