A major new dance work exploring viral contagion and war as pandemic in science, art and war-related sites across the UK.
Opening at the Gymnasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed
In 1918 a spanish flu pandemic infected one third of the world’s population and killed over 50 million people. Directly exacerbated by troop and civilian migrations from the First World War, the virus killed more people than the war itself.
This autumn, Shobana, known for using the intellectual and physical power of contemporary dance to investigate the world around her, is marking the centenary with Contagion, her first major new work since 2015.
Co-commissioned by 14–18 NOW and supported by Wellcome, Contagion is a 40-minute promenade dance work for war, art and science-related sites. It opens at the Gymnasium Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed on 15 & 16 September, a former army barracks where soldiers were sent to keep fit during the first world war, in September.
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