Contagion is a major new work investigating the metaphor of war as a global virus. In 1918 the Spanish flu pandemic killed over 50 million people. Exacerbated by troop and civilian migrations from the First World War the virus caused one of the deadliest disasters in human history. There were two parallel wars – man versus man and virus versus man.
The choreography will echo the scientific features of a virus; rapid, random, agile and adaptive. Using film, text and movement we will convey the era and events which shaped the civil response to the flu.
Contagion will be a twenty minute, site responsive, promenade dance work for First World War related sites, with an accompanying digital installation.