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  • Emergency Chorus presents

    Ways of Knowing

    Thu 30 Nov - Sat 2 Dec at 9pm
    Tickets £8 - £12
    A descent into darkness, a cloud of unknowing, a startling revelation. A choreographic collage of methods for predicting the future, from the makers of Landscape (1989).

    Content Notice
    Running Time 75 minutes
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticePerformers may gag/retch, Long sections in darkness. No age guidance.
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeSmoke/fog/haze, loud noises and strobe lighting.

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    Can we ever know what will come to pass? Can an act of prediction bring the future into being? Reading the runes and crunching the data, award-winning artists Emergency Chorus delve into the ways we forecast, calculate, sense, predict and prophesy the future.

    Ways of Knowing comprises two distinct halves; mirror images of each other, presented back to back. Part one, All the Barometers in the World, looks up to the skies in anticipation of a storm. Part two, The Spelunkers, follows a pair of explorers as they journey underground.

    An intricate system of detailed choreography, found text and live sound, the work unfolds like a mysterious series of visions and omens. Behold! A council of leeches, a mystic hermit, a Victorian inventor, an economics conference, a dark and dripping cave.

    Following their acclaimed shows Landscape (1989) and CELEBRATION, Emergency Chorus return to the stage with the premiere of a strange and cloudy choreography, caught between certainty and uncertainty, knowing and unknowing

    Sound design & dramaturgy: Nat Norland

    Set design: Blythe Brett

    Artistic support: Charlie Ashwell, Karen Christopher

    Supported by NDT Broadgate, curious directive, BOLD Theatre, Cambridge Junction, University of Greenwich, South House, Old Diorama Arts Centre and Battersea Arts Centre

    "Work that rumbles around in your head long after it’s over"
    Lyn Gardner [on Landscape (1989)]
    "‘Beguiling and enchanting work’"
    The Guardian [on Emergency Chorus]

    "The seed commission has made me feel supported, not just as an artist but also a woman of colour whose story needs to be heard."

    CPT Commissioned Artist