A woman sits on a bench and watches the world pass by….
Bench is a small and beautiful acrobatic performance about the everyday theatre and dance of life. Loneliness and happiness, bag-ladies and runaway brides, spell-binding moments mixed with the comic and ordinary – a reflection on who we are and how we connect with others.
‘A deceptively simple but highly skilled show [with] terrific moments. The acrobatics are performed with real grace and skill by the cast of three quick-change female artists in a wittily choreographed show that turns the limitation of public space into a virtue, and invites the audience’s complicity. It never takes itself too seriously and is all the better for it: small but very nifty.’
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
The audience said:
‘Original, funny, poignant, breathtaking skill.’
‘Awe-inspiring. Revelatory use of space and the brain and muscle power of three people. Poetry, humour, human emotion, and a moustache thrown in for free.’
‘Poetic and beautiful!’
‘It’s very touching. I feel like joining the journey of the lady on the bench. I can taste the loneliness and the happiness at the same time.’
‘Made me laugh & cry!’
‘You were fantastic, awesome, phenomenal!’
‘Absolutely spell binding! I was SO moved. I laughed and I also found it profoundly sad too. Beautiful acting, dance, humour, and acrobatics.’
Artistic Director: Lina Johansson
Performers: Silvia Fratelli, Alcina Mendes, Rebecka Nord (2014), Martha Harrison (2015, 2016)
Set Designer: Michalis Kokkoliadis
Costume Designer: Kasper Hansen
Costume Maker: Sophie Bellin Hansen
Original Soundtrack: Ted Barnes
Guest choreographies by Natasha Khamjani and Anna Llombart
Bench was created in 2014, and has toured in 2014, 2015, 2016.
Supported by Arts Council England and created with a Greenwich Dance & Trinity Laban Partnership Compass Commission.
Photography Credit: Lisette Venema, Eva Campos Suaerz, Steve Eggleton, Jamie Currey, Scott Marshall, Ludovic des Cognets