Goat Island | The Lastmaker
(A partnership between University of Leeds Workshop Theatre; School of Performance and Cultural Industries and Leeds Met Studio Theatre)
Goat Island are internationally acclaimed for their intimate, low-tech, intensely physical performances, which represent a unique hybrid of strategies and techniques drawn from live art, experimental theatre, and postmodern dance. Their work alludes to historical and contemporary issues through the collage-like assembly of text, image and movement.
On this, their first visit to Leeds, the company will perform their ninth and final piece, The Lastmaker, which has been developed over the last two years as the concluding chapter to their twenty year history.
Goat Island began work on this piece with an imagined trip to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Fascinated by the lifespan of a building that began as a Byzantine church, was converted into a mosque, and converted again to a museum, the company wondered what kind of performance might be made in response. The performance is also, inevitably, in part about the now concluding history of this performance group. It is a meditation on and a celebration of lastness.
These performances take place at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds.
Creation of this piece supported by residencies at the Chicago Cultural Center, USA the Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster, and the Chelsea Theatre, London, UK the Alfred ve dvore Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic, Theatre & TD, Zagreb, Croatia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA.
UK Tour produced by Dance4 and funded by Arts Council England, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and MAP Fund.
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