Thick & Tight Company debut a performance piece at the V&A Performance Festival

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  • V&A South Kensington

    Cromwell Road
    London, SW7 2RL

  • Raphael Gallery, Room 48a, Level 0

  • Free event

Unearthly photo

Originally inspired by Derek Jarman’s film Blue, Unearthly is a dance-based installation which reveals the manifold properties of the colour blue. Thick & Tight view blue through a queer lens; exploring the colour’s rarity within nature; the impossibility to capture or recreate it; its universality and omnipresence but also its ‘unnatural’ qualities; its historical importance in art and its current geopolitical implications. Once you’ve seen Unearthly , expect to view the colour blue within Raphael’s cartoons, the V&A and beyond, in a new hue.
Performances will be at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00.

Choreographed by Daniel Hay-Gordon & El Perry
Performed by Harry Alexander, Jahmarley Bachelor, Tia Hockey and students from Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary Dance: Xena Pauwels, Nell Weatherby, Mirabelle Haddon, Holly McKay, Olivia Devine, Salvador Thylmann-Foster, Violet Savage, Pollyanna Mann, Lilly Schroeder, Sara Gomes, Angus Phillips-Higham, Finn Gurney, Martha Tribe, Martina Tartarini & Sunbeam Wood
Poem by Daniel Hay-Gordon
Poem narrated by Patience Tomlinson
Sound engineer Dean Allison
Costumes by Fred Coomes & Matt Empringham, with Ben Brody & Neil Zhao
Hair & Make-up Darren Evans
Thick & Tight aim to translate this subject into accessible and entertaining art and dance. Thick & Tight Company is co-directed by Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry. Founded in 2012, Thick & Tight have performed at venues and festivals such as Sadler’s Wells, Southbank, Tate Britain and the Royal Opera House. They are the recipients of numerous accolades, including Best Cabaret Act at the 2024 Off West End Theatre Awards.

Header image: Daniel Hay-Gordon and Eleanor Perry. Gan Gokuraku images