Alien Species: Plastic waste inspires pop-up theater and dance performance for coastal venues

Dudendance theater artist Harvey Lancaster Rous.

Beaches, bays, and outdoor pools will host Alien Species – who will imagine what would happen if the discarded plastic turned into sea creatures.

Performers will wear bright orange costumes inspired by “non-native species” that harm the environment at resorts around the world.

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The site-specific show has been developed by Aberdeenshire-based Dudendance Theater in collaboration with environmental groups and initiatives across the country over the past three years.

Dudendance interpreter Lewis Sherlock.

The company, run by Huntly for almost 20 years, has received £ 102,029 from Scottish government arts agency Creative Scotland to tour the coastal areas of the North East and North West of Scotland.

Five performers – Alima Askew, Paul Rous, Petra Pennington, Harvey Lancaster Rous and Cathi Sell – worked with designer Heather MacCrimmon, musician Fiona Soe Pain and Dudendance Artistic Director Clea Wallis on the development of the show, including a certain number of pop-up pilot performances earlier this year.

Wallis said: “The disposable quality of modern materials is having an irreversible and devastating effect on the planet.

“The work has an organic feel while at the same time creating man-made alien shapes.

“We want to create a juxtaposition of visual sensations –

forms of beauty that turn into rubbish. The idea is to imagine what a new alien species would look like if the plastics turned into living things.

“The spectacular costumes are inspired by the forms of sea creatures, some with internal skeletal structures that can be abandoned, shaped and transformed in tandem with the elements.

“The shows will take place on the coast with the public learning about the ‘alien species’ as they evolve out of the sea and the sand.” Alien Species is one of 17 theater and dance productions sharing a National Lottery £ 1.72million touring fund, which is managed by Creative Scotland.

Beaches across the country will also be home to Move, a powerful story focused on migration, which was staged on Edinburgh’s waterfront during this year’s Fringe.

Julia Tauvedin’s movement is described as “a breathtaking choral drama inspired by ancient awakening rituals, weaving together stories, a choral soundscape and a Gaelic song”.

Venues in Orkney, Shetland and Borders will host Rob Heaslip’s Straw Boys pop-up dance production, which blurs the lines between traditional and contemporary dance and music, and will feature tradition-inspired straw costumes by Mummers, Guisers, Burdie Garçons and Skekklers.

There will also be a cover of Rocket Post, Lewis Hetherington’s show based on the true story of German scientist Gerhard Zucker, who came to Scotland to carry out an infamous attempt to use rockets to send mail.

Laura Mackenzie-Stuart, Creative ‘Scotland Theater Director, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, a selection of Scotland’s foremost performers and performers will bring enlightening and haunting productions to new audiences and fans. .

“By using an array of venues to give audiences more choice, the magic of the theater will be enjoyed both inside and outside the theaters that have been the mainstays of their communities, despite the challenge of the last year. “


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