"Challenging analysis of contemporary life"
by Jill Lawrie on 24/03/13

Acclaimed site-specific company dreamthinkspeak was formed in 1999 by Artistic Director Tristan Sharps and is internationally recognised for its site-responsive performances in a variety of unusual spaces and buildings.

This Brighton based company is now returning to the spectacular neo-classical Somerset House, after their sell-out show in 2004 "Don't Look Back", with "In the Beginning Was the End". Leonardo da Vinci's drawing "Cloudburst of Material Possessions" was the starting point for this journey that threads through the endless maze-like underground passages of both Somerset House and King's College. Using their special blend of film, installation and live performance a vision of the world is revealed ~ either on the verge of collapse or the brink of rebirth?

Small groups embark every 5 minutes over a 3 hour period to wander the corridors for this surreal tour depicting Leonardo's apocalyptic warning. The dramatic starting point is followed by rooms of obsolete computer equipment, mini robots, individuals in white lab coats, videos and on to an unexpectedly stark scene of adult nudity!

Unfortunately with little going on in many of the rooms, much of the visuals without sound or spoken in another language the impact of Leonardo's predicted cataclysm is somewhat lost on an uninformed audience. That said however this vast cast and production crew have created an ambitious stimulating and innovative promenade production which finishes at the end of this week.

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