Bardo

In Development, 2015 – 2016

Director: Malaika Cunningham
Writer: Joseph Houlders
Producer: Charlotte Mountford
Sound Designer: Dimitris Savva
Lighting Designer: Will Monks
Projection Mapping Design: Michele Panegrossi
Set Designer: Laura Price
Performers: Lianne Harvey, John Sandeman, Charlotte Fox, Rose Gray and Shireen Farkhoy
Mental Health Advisor: Liz Hudson

 

Supported by Arts Council England, Barnsley Civic and Theatre Delicatessen

 

Test performances and R&D locations:
Theatre Delicatessen
Sheffield Theatres
East Street Arts (Leeds)
Barnsley Civic
Camden People’s Theatre

A darkly comic clown show, in which our hero literally dances with death. The piece tracks the tragicomic relationship between a lonely dancer and a dead body. As funny as it is philosophical, Bardo is about death, reality and the exuberance of your own dancing. Expect gyration and rigamortis in equal measure.

 

Through Bardo, The Bare Project celebrates the limitlessness of fiction – and finding moments that alter what possibilities we see in our everyday existence. The piece came out of Joseph’s fascination with the experience of unreality. It is a phenomenon many of us will experience in our lifetimes and means to lose touch with our experience of the world around us as objectively ‘real’. Another big part of this show has been experimenting with digital technology including surround and placed sound, projection and animation.

 

Alongside this project we hosted a series of Death Cafes in Sheffield, Leeds and London.

 

This piece went through a series of R&Ds over 2015 and 2016, and whilst we would still one day love to produce it fully and tour it, right now, it’s sitting on a back burner.

A darkly comic clown show, in which our hero literally dances with death. The piece tracks the tragicomic relationship between a lonely dancer and a dead body. As funny as it is philosophical, Bardo is about death, reality and the exuberance of your own dancing. Expect gyration and rigamortis in equal measure.

 

Through Bardo, The Bare Project celebrates the limitlessness of fiction – and finding moments that alter what possibilities we see in our everyday existence. The piece came out of Joseph’s fascination with the experience of unreality. It is a phenomenon many of us will experience in our lifetimes and means to lose touch with our experience of the world around us as objectively ‘real’. Another big part of this show has been experimenting with digital technology including surround and placed sound, projection and animation.

 

Alongside this project we hosted a series of Death Cafes in Sheffield, Leeds and London.

 

This piece went through a series of R&Ds over 2015 and 2016, and whilst we would still one day love to produce it fully and tour it, right now, it’s sitting on a back burner.

Company List

Director
Malaika Cunningham
Writer
Joseph Houlders
Producer
Charlotte Mountford
Sound Designer
Dimitris Savva
Lighting Designer
Will Monks
Projection Mapping Design
Michele Panegrossi
Set Designer
Laura Price
Performers
Lianne Harvey, John Sandeman, Charlotte Fox, Rose Gray and Shireen Farkhoy
Mental Health Advisor
Liz Hudson

 

Supported by Arts Council England, Barnsley Civic and Theatre Delicatessen

 

Test performances and R&D locations:
Theatre Delicatessen
Sheffield Theatres
East Street Arts (Leeds)
Barnsley Civic
Camden People’s Theatre

Photography by Joanna Higson.

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