Lily McLeish is an Anglo-German theatre director, whose extensive experience includes stints with London’s National Theatre, the famous Schaubühne Berlin and the Salzburg Festspiele, to mention but a few.
McLeish lists as her interests to push the boundaries of narrative and explore how emotion is embedded in the body, something that Jonathan Goddard knows quite a lot about.
It’s fair to assume, therefore, that the combination of their talents will create an intriguing and fascinating work; so, we’re looking forward to While You Are Here, which is billed as a new dance play anchored on some challenging time travel.
In While You Are Here, Jonathan Goddard and Lily McLeish explore events that unfold over time in a small space: in a photographic darkroom past secrets are uncovered; three centuries earlier a couple contemplate their future, someone catches fire and a dream is forever lost.
Past, present and future coincide and are connected through place, as successive generations try to make sense of life, death and time itself.
The performance combines dance, text and animation in an original collage, and is served by a quartet of exceptional dancers, all of whom have proved their mettle in a range of companies: Chris Akril, Hannah Kidd, Jonathan Savage & Clemmie Sveass.
Such a cast makes up for Jonathan Goddard’s absence as a dancer (much as we never tire of seeing him on stage!): he is credited as choreographer and concept originator jointly with McLeish, who also directs.
While You Are Here is performed to a score by Max Pappenheim and the text comes from the playwright Eve Leigh.
Age Guidance: 12+
Post-show talk Wed 16 Oct Free to same day ticket holders
|What||While You Are Here, Goddard & McLeish, The Place|
|Where||The Place, 17 Duke's Road, London, WC1H 9PY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Euston (underground)|
15 Oct 19 – 16 Oct 19, 19:30 Dur.: 1 hour 15 mins no interval
|Price||£17 (concessions £13)|
|Website||Click here to book|