Dates and Times
Fri 11 March at 9pm
Presented by Ding & sich
Work in Progress performance
She takes a photograph of her ear and sends it to him. He stares into the dark spot, crawls through the pigments into the paper, into the fibres of it, passes through the ear canal, through membrane, hammer and anvil high overhead, through vestibules and chambers, and, spiralling through cochlea into a pool of liquor cottunias – beatific – drowns.
She gives birth to twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets – you get the idea – not babies, you understand – just the drums – the eardrums, by twos, fours, sixes, eights, tens, by the dozen – cups them in her hand for a moment, watches them beat soft like frail hearts, looses them out the window, twitching, strummed, alive to the sounds of the world, and when they come back she pockets them against her inner thigh.
Mouth to ear, we tell a story of flesh and bone, a quiet meditation on these most exposed and most intimate of our orifices. the performance lays open the visceralness, the eroticism, of listening. The performance charts a series of journeys through inner and outer experience, plots magnificent transfigurations between body and world, courses through the base matter of lived experience and echoes dark-dreamt desire. We come here to live out an hour, to eat, drink, labour, serve, talk, listen, and all of it – we mean, everything – a quiet hearkening to being, and to the sheer and fragile fact that one speaks.
Part of Sprint Festival 2016: London’s biggest and best festival of the newest, most adventurous theatre from across the UK and beyond.
Catch Ding & sich in a double bill with The Seagull, or Why Masha Always Wears Black on the same evening. Two shows for just £16!
About the Company
We work together across considerable distances. Sometimes, though, we work in the same room. Sometimes we invite people to watch. These moments might be thought of as performances. In every performance, we come to live out an hour, to eat, drink, labour, serve, talk, listen. Founded by Annie Lord & Simon Bowes, Winter, 2015.