//a double bill of performances with Gillie Kleiman
‘There cannot be just one companion species; there have to be at least two to make one. It is in the syntax; it is in the flesh.’
Donna Haraway, The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People and Significant Otherness
Familiar is a twinset of performances on significant otherness. One authored by Kleiman and performed by Wohead, the other authored by Wohead and performed by Kleiman, the two are twisted together with the help of story, song and spit.
Springboarding from a question of companionship, Kleiman and Wohead reach for something altogether more mysterious: a shaggy dog story danced by Twin Peaks’ legendary Log Lady, speaking from the beyond to enable the pair to become others of significance then and there in the theatre.
Set amongst an original design by celebrated artist Tim Spooner, the works in Familiar play out what it means to be companions, where we think we know everything about each other whilst facing the fact that we can’t.
This is a new evening of performance by two critically acclaimed artists, collaborating for the first time.
Familiar will premiere 17-19 October at Fierce Festival.
Commissioned by Dance City and Fierce Festival. Supported by ARC Stockton, Wainsgate Chapel, Shoreditch Town Hall, Northern Stage, Northumbria University and Roehampton University.
Produced by Beckie Darlington