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RAFT comes to Brecon

Acclaimed Welsh Contemporary Dance Production, Raft, Explores the Refugee Experience at Theatr Brycheiniog this October

This October, Theatr Brycheiniog welcomes award winning and widely lauded Welsh contemporary dance company, Gwyn Emberton Dance, with their brand new dance theatre production, Raft (Thursday 5 October). Raft explores the experiences of refugees through extraordinary contemporary dance choreography.

Evoking migration art, poetry and literature, five of the company’s extraordinary dancers, each with a different heritage and background, will be joined by a cast of local people from Brecon and the surrounding area. They will explore the questionable politics, half-hearted curiosity, and sincere compassion towards the refugee crisis, leaving the question about who they, and we are, turned on its head.

Raft will ask audiences to consider how it might feel to live far away from home, in a land that they do not recognise, hearing a language they do not understand. Gwyn Emberton says: ‘At a time when more people are displaced than ever before and when we are considering closing our borders, creating opportunities for discussion across our communities and examining our actions and responses towards others has become increasingly important.’ Emberton hopes that his new production will spark a debate about how we talk about and perceive others, perhaps offering a different perspective to how we see refugees and asylum seekers, and migration in general.

Work on Raft began after the summer of 2015, when the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East became increasingly worrying and heart-breaking, and when the situation in Calais had become more and more volatile and political. The language used by governments and the media, and the words used in comments section on news articles that described the people who were fleeing war or poverty, and leaving their families, homes and identities, had become vitriolic and dehumanising. Raft takes these potent sentiments and other seemingly inoffensive words used to talk about refugees and migrants, such as ‘swarm’, ‘bloody foreigner’ and ‘migrants’, to challenge what would happen if it was the other way around and it was us or our families who were the ‘others’.

The company is bringing together Cardiff based Sound Artist Siôn Orgon who will create a searing new soundtrack for Raft, Lighting Designer Aideen Malone (Bristol Old Vic/National Theatre) whose exquisite lighting designs will combine with the set designed by Designer Becky Davies.

Raft is supported by Arts Council of Wales, University of South Wales, UCAN Productions and Creu Cymru and is a co-production with Aberystwyth Arts Centre.


Creative Team:

Choreography: Gwyn Emberton and Dancers

Lighting Design: Aideen Malone

Music and sound: Siôn Orgon

Set and costume design: Becky Davies

Dramaturg: Lou Cope

Animateur: Lara Ward

Raft is on at Theatr Brycheiniog on Thursday 5 October, 7.30pm. For further details or to book tickets,click here: or call the Box Office on 01874 611622.

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