Vincent Dance Theatre

If We Go On

The dark stretches before us. There are people waiting. We would like to show you something, but we are not sure how. We are going to tell you what it is like, doing and faking, and doing and not doing. The dark stretches before us, but here we are, faced with the question, how do we go on?

If We Go On places the investigation of language at the centre of the work, and through miniature dances, stuttering songs and militant manifestos embraces uncertainty, hesitancy and not knowing.

An exceptional ensemble of multi-tasking performers and musicians morph words into movement, shunt gesture into sound and sometimes burst into song to conjure up the performance of their lives. If We Go On is a relentless succession of splintered transactions, where words lose their meaning, music falls apart and dance leads itself up a blind and exhausting alley. Anarchic, nostalgic and full of dark intelligent humour, If We Go On asks: If you had one last dance in you, what shape would it take?

Made in 2009, If We Go On was originally funded by Grants for the Arts through the Arts Council of England, co-commissioned by Sheffield Theatres, Newbury Corn Exchange, Peak Performances @ Montclair State University and Hull City Council and supported by The Junction and Danceworks UK.

(from the company's production notes)

directed and designed by Charlotte Vincent
composed by Alex Catona
text by Wendy Houstoun
dramaturgy by Ruth Ben-Tovim
performed and devised by Carly Best, Alex Catona, Patrycja Kujawska, Aurora Lubos, Janusz Orlik, Scott Smith, Harry Theaker
additional music by Patrycja Kujawska, Scott Smith and The Hives
additional text by Claire MacDonald, Charlotte Vincent and the company
lighting design by Jim Harrison and Charlotte Vincent
lighting construction by Matthew Simpson
Dates

Premiere
October 2nd, 2009, Corn Exchange, Newbury, United Kingdom

October 8th, 2009, The Carriageworks, Leeds, United Kingdom

October 13th, 2009, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

October 14th, 2009, The Patrick Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

October 16th, 2009, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

October 17th, 2009, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom

October 19th, 2009, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, United Kingdom

October 20th, 2009, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, United Kingdom

October 21st, 2009, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, United Kingdom

October 23rd, 2009, Forum Theatre, Malvern, United Kingdom

October 30th, 2009, The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

November 4th, 2009, Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome, Brighton, United Kingdom

November 6th, 2009, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, United Kingdom

November 20th, 2009, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, United Kingdom

November 25th, 2009, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom

November 27th, 2009, Bath Spa University Theatre, Bath, United Kingdom

February 2nd, 2010, The Junction, Cambridge, United Kingdom

February 3rd, 2010, Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell, United Kingdom

February 5th, 2010, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, United Kingdom

February 9th, 2010, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, United Kingdom

February 10th, 2010, Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, United Kingdom

February 24th, 2010, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, United Kingdom

March 3rd, 2010, Weston Studio, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, United Kingdom

March 17th, 2010, Curve, Leicester, United Kingdom

March 19th, 2010, Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, United Kingdom

April 15th, 2010, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

April 17th, 2010, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA

April 18th, 2010, Alexander Kasser Theater, Montclair State University, New Jersey, USA