Presented by Contact, Word of Warning + Palaver Festival
####In Brief 2 performers, 2 languages + 400 fresh flowers in a heartfelt story about survival.
Watch trailer here.
The performance lasts approximately 60 minutes with no interval; performed in Bulgarian and English, it’s not especially well-suited to those with significant hearing impairment; it contains quite loud music and can be very emotionally affecting for some audience members. Age advisory: 14+
Following a short break, there will be a post-show talk with the company.
Near Gone is a heartfelt story about survival.
Two performers have a difficult story to tell. They come on stage and launch themselves into an hour-long attempt to put into words the utterly unspeakable. The duo tell a true story about a young girl’s brush with death, and reveal their own relationship over the course of the show.
Delivered in English + Bulgarian with a gypsy-inspired soundtrack, Near Gone fills an empty space with two performers and four hundred fresh flowers. It transforms you too, your sense of what it is to be a mother, a father, a child. And you’ll leave more fully alive than ever.
####Who are they?
Katherina Radeva and Alister Lownie share interests in contemporary theatre and performance practices, traversing art and theatre. They formally created Two Destination Language in the summer of 2011 after a year of working together.
In December 2011 they were appointed Resident Company at Salisbury Arts Centre and in October 2012 became Associate Artists at The Point Eastleigh. Their projects vary from theatre pieces to site-specific experiences and installations with a very strong participatory or interactive element to all of their work.
Live art, movement and drama have their place in both artists’ histories. A belief that live work should have its audience at its core, and that artists should strive to create stimulating experiences for their audiences, is the foundation of their collaborative practice, Two Destination Language.
Community, identity and memory are the ideas which percolate all Two Destination Language work: an interest in boundaries and otherness, belonging and personal history. For the artists, community is a corollary of performative work, and it is a pleasure to share in its exploration. Interculturalism is also important to both artists; Alister’s Scottish heritage and Katherina’s Bulgarian background give them an interest in how cultures interact and develop.
####What people have said about them
Immensely powerful and life-enhancing.
A reminder that even in our darkest times there is hope.
Brilliant, original, energetic and beautiful
Devised + performed by Katherina Radeva + Alister Lownie. Dramaturgy + additional direction by Charlotte Vincent. Sound design by Tim Blazdell. Mentored by Sheila Gheilani. Photo by Alma Haser.
Winner of Pulse Fringe Suitcase Prize 2013. A Colchester Arts Centre commission, supported by The Point, Eastleigh. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.