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Curlews, Japanese theatre and queer culture

Artists: Daniel Hay-Gordon, Eleanor Perry, Thick & Tight, Tim Spooner

Series: Festival of New, Residencies

Ideas explored: developing new work, music and theatre, sound design

Eleanor Perry and Daniel Hay-Gordon are Thick & Tight, a dance duo whose work incorporates mime, drag and cultural reference.

After being commissioned by Kings Place for the Noh Reimagined Festival, and with an invitation to train with artists in Noh and Kyogen Theatre in Japan next spring, their Residency at Snape Maltings explores how these art forms can be incorporated into their own work, and where their practices overlap and diverge.

Along with fleeting visiting collaborator Tim Spooner, they were looking at nature, queer culture, curlews, rules, camp fragility, mud and precarious floppiness. This included influences like singer and drag artist Akihiro Miwa and 1969 new wave film Funeral Parade of Roses. They recorded sounds out in the marshes and visited The Red House to find out more about Britten’s Curlew River.